Free toilet trick in most railway/train stations

Most UK stations have a pub which is run by SSP, e.g. The Mayfield at Manchester Piccadilly, Beer House at Manchester Victoria, Beer House at Glasgow Central. The toilets in these nearly always have a number combination lock fitted, however these locks are very rarely in use. You can just push the door. They're just there for effect. Saves paying 30p or more to use station loos.

If you're lucky enough to have a Wetherspoon in the station like at Leeds, even better, they are free, big and very clean!

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Is this real because it sounds like they are taking the pee and other stuff.

another trick. if you go through a turnstile which is also an exit, you can just pull it forward rather than pay and push. then just slip in and you're in

30p to use a toilet now? "Spend a penny" is a redundant expression!

tragic

Predikuesi

30p to use a toilet now? "Spend a penny" is a redundant expression!



​Brexit!

Should move this to Freebies

I pay for a meal, I pay for a pint, don't see a problem for paying to use the toilet.

Chiptivo

I pay for a meal, I pay for a pint, don't see a problem for paying to use … I pay for a meal, I pay for a pint, don't see a problem for paying to use the toilet.



​These paid toilets are clean and much better than locked toilets. These are only at network rail managed major rail stations. There are toilets at rail training operating company stations. Most times they are locked or out of use and you are advised to use the toilet inside the train.

Chiptivo

I pay for a meal, I pay for a pint, don't see a problem for paying to use … I pay for a meal, I pay for a pint, don't see a problem for paying to use the toilet.


It could be a problem if you're touching cloth and don't have any change!!

Chiptivo

I pay for a meal, I pay for a pint, don't see a problem for paying to use … I pay for a meal, I pay for a pint, don't see a problem for paying to use the toilet.



​when you do pay for a meal you expect the toilet to be free. much the same for the people paying too much for a train I suppose

Why not just go in, sit at a table, go to the toilet & leave...

peteivy

It could be a problem if you're touching cloth and don't have any change!!



Who does carry change anymore? Last time I had to find a cash point, get money out, then find a shop to buy something to get change. All to use the bloody bog. Nightmare.

If they have to charge can't they make them contactless toilets already?

Thanks OP.
Edited by: "MSK." 14th Aug 2016

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moneysavingkitten

Who does carry change anymore? Last time I had to find a cash point, get … Who does carry change anymore? Last time I had to find a cash point, get money out, then find a shop to buy something to get change. All to use the bloody bog. Nightmare.If they have to charge can't they make them contractless toilets already?Thanks OP.



Didn't know you even have to sign a contract at some loos. Contactless would be a great idea - I never use cash. No-one should have to.

boyaloud

Didn't know you even have to sign a contract at some loos. Contactless … Didn't know you even have to sign a contract at some loos. Contactless would be a great idea - I never use cash. No-one should have to.



Phone typing sorry.

30p to spend a penny was just so not taking the psss

Chiptivo

I pay for a meal, I pay for a pint, don't see a problem for paying to use … I pay for a meal, I pay for a pint, don't see a problem for paying to use the toilet.



Shops pay rates to the local authority to provide services like toilets so why should you pay again.

Unless the place has a 'toilet guy'
what is to stop you just hopping over the barrier ?
not like they are going to have CCTV
not that I would obviously

sowotsdis

30p to spend a penny was just so not taking the psss


I think you should 'log' a complaint with the authorities. Call it a dirty protest.

I would have them pay me more than 30p just to use them loos!

So your tip is, if there's a toilet that you have to pay to use, just find another one?

thewongwing101

Unless the place has a 'toilet guy'what is to stop you just hopping over … Unless the place has a 'toilet guy'what is to stop you just hopping over the barrier ?not like they are going to have CCTVnot that I would obviously



Toilet guard/attendant (whatever) and a mile long queue, last time I thought about it.

Perhaps it should 10p for a no.1 and 30p for a number 2

jamgin

Perhaps it should 10p for a no.1 and 30p for a number 2



What if you want to sit down and do a no. 1?

miikeyblue

What if you want to sit down and do a no. 1?



Well miikey...with that thought in mind, please don't be doing your Tuesday quiz from the pub this week

X)

maccy1

Well miikey...with that thought in mind, please don't be doing your … Well miikey...with that thought in mind, please don't be doing your Tuesday quiz from the pub this week :(X)



It's easier doing it sat down though.

jamgin

Perhaps it should 10p for a no.1 and 30p for a number 2



5p if you bring your own tissue?

moneysavingkitten

5p if you bring your own tissue?



​You could buy a carrier bag for that sort of money, maybe you could just use one and then re-use it but make sure it has no holes in the bottom as your shoes may get wet!

And can we pay on the way out, rather than on the way in? Sometimes I think I need a number 2, but it's just a bit of wind, and in the end I might just end up having a number 1, or maybe nothing at all.

More importantly though - who is going to check whether we've paid the right amount, and how?

Dyslexic_Dog

​You could buy a carrier bag for that sort of money, maybe you could just … ​You could buy a carrier bag for that sort of money, maybe you could just use one and then re-use it but make sure it has no holes in the bottom as your shoes may get wet!



Hmm you could be on to something there! Cheaper than buying water and re-using the bottle.

miikeyblue

And can we pay on the way out, rather than on the way in? Sometimes I … And can we pay on the way out, rather than on the way in? Sometimes I think I need a number 2, but it's just a bit of wind, and in the end I might just end up having a number 1, or maybe nothing at all.More importantly though - who is going to check whether we've paid the right amount, and how?



Some sort of toilet grate. If it's pish then it will go right through. If your baking brownies then it will land on the grate and it could be weighed?

moneysavingkitten

Some sort of toilet grate. If it's pish then it will go right through. … Some sort of toilet grate. If it's pish then it will go right through. If your baking brownies then it will land on the grate and it could be weighed?



And I thought I was putting too much thought into this

miikeyblue

And I thought I was putting too much thought into this



I'm still working on how to properly flush it, but it's not a pleasant thought process!

Turning a trick in a public toilet, I was expecting something else.

Is it cheaper if you have the trots then? Could you trick it into thinking you were having a number 1??
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