Funky Signs: No Standing on the Toilet SeatFUNKY SIGNS, NEW ZEALAND, STAFF — By JM Merchant on October 17, 2011 at 01:17
Story by staff writer JM Merchant. Photos Copyright © Joanna Abram.
MATAMATA IS A peaceful little Kiwi town not far from the city of Hamilton. At least it was peaceful, until March 1999 when tons of heavy machinery moved in to transform the surrounding farmlands into The Shire. Yes, the Bagginses come from Matamata, New Zealand, now affectionately known as Hobbiton.As you can imagine, since then it’s become something of a tourist hotspot. The local council were baffled to discover that toilet seats in the public ladies bathrooms were breaking on a regular basis. They soon found out why. Korean ladies do not like toilet seats (when I came through Korea on my way to NZ, the seats in the airport toilets were wrapped in plastic which was replaced after every use!), but rather than hover—as I’m sure more than a few of us have had to do in our time—they were standing on the seats and squatting. This lead to the rather delightful signs that you now see in many of the public bathrooms around Matamata. No idea if it’s helped at all.
JM Merchant (or Jo Abram to most) lives in the North End of London, although she aspires to the West End. An occasionally employed sound engineer and stage manager, most of her time is currently spent reading pirate tales as she works on her first novel. She blogs and posts short stories at Am I A Writer Yet? and tweets as @JMMerchant86.