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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2022, 05:31:11 PM »

I am not exactly a fan of any but I do avoid certain chains that have a policy of not having restrooms for customers.  For heaven's sake, I've probably driven several hours and would like to empty my bladder at the same place I fill my car's tank.  Is that too much to ask?

Donít some chains require that as part of their branding?  I seem to recall that being a thing something Arco is supposed to have.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #26 on: May 24, 2022, 05:37:35 PM »

QuikTrip is the local religion here in Wichita.  I don't get it.

KC too. They're normally clean. The people working there are nice and actually get paid well. I tended to gravitate towards QT when I was in Kansas. Can't say it's nearly as culty as Buc-Ee's and Wawa from the sound of things though.

I used to know a guy from Tulsa and he would regularly sing the praises of QuikTrip.

We weren't allowed to have QT until recently, so here that void was filled by OnCue, which does pretty much everything QT does just as well or better.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #27 on: May 24, 2022, 06:23:05 PM »

I am not exactly a fan of any but I do avoid certain chains that have a policy of not having restrooms for customers.  For heaven's sake, I've probably driven several hours and would like to empty my bladder at the same place I fill my car's tank.  Is that too much to ask?

Donít some chains require that as part of their branding?  I seem to recall that being a thing something Arco is supposed to have.
I can think of any number of chains that have locations in cities and don't provide public restrooms.

Although, if you're wondering if white privilege is real, walk into one with a "no public restrooms" sign and ask if they have a restroom you can use (provided you're white).
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #28 on: May 24, 2022, 06:28:17 PM »

QuikTrip is the local religion here in Wichita.  I don't get it.
I donít get it either. Seemed like every other gas station to me back when I lived in the St Louis area and QTís were common.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2022, 06:34:57 PM »

I am not exactly a fan of any but I do avoid certain chains that have a policy of not having restrooms for customers.  For heaven's sake, I've probably driven several hours and would like to empty my bladder at the same place I fill my car's tank.  Is that too much to ask?

Donít some chains require that as part of their branding?  I seem to recall that being a thing something Arco is supposed to have.
I can think of any number of chains that have locations in cities and don't provide public restrooms.

Although, if you're wondering if white privilege is real, walk into one with a "no public restrooms" sign and ask if they have a restroom you can use (provided you're white).

My personal experience is that most urban gas stations donít want to let anyone use the restroom period.  The gist Iíve gotten in California is that the business owners donít want to open the flood gates for homeless people trying to use their restroom. 

One of the worst things about cities in general is finding a restroom when you need it.  Sometimes Iíve found myself having to find creative solutions (infer from that what you will) like I did last year while passing through Santa Barbara after hiking.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #30 on: May 24, 2022, 06:35:19 PM »

I am not exactly a fan of any but I do avoid certain chains that have a policy of not having restrooms for customers.  For heaven's sake, I've probably driven several hours and would like to empty my bladder at the same place I fill my car's tank.  Is that too much to ask?

Donít some chains require that as part of their branding?  I seem to recall that being a thing something Arco is supposed to have.

I was pretty sure Arco was one of the ones that do NOT have restrooms available.

Being in a city isn't that much of a help if I'm not from there.  I don't want to spend half an hour finding a public park somewhere that has a bathroom and then back to the highway.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #31 on: May 24, 2022, 06:45:08 PM »

I am not exactly a fan of any but I do avoid certain chains that have a policy of not having restrooms for customers.  For heaven's sake, I've probably driven several hours and would like to empty my bladder at the same place I fill my car's tank.  Is that too much to ask?

Donít some chains require that as part of their branding?  I seem to recall that being a thing something Arco is supposed to have.
I can think of any number of chains that have locations in cities and don't provide public restrooms.

Although, if you're wondering if white privilege is real, walk into one with a "no public restrooms" sign and ask if they have a restroom you can use (provided you're white).

My personal experience is that most urban gas stations donít want to let anyone use the restroom period.  The gist Iíve gotten in California is that the business owners donít want to open the flood gates for homeless people trying to use their restroom. 

One of the worst things about cities in general is finding a restroom when you need it.  Sometimes Iíve found myself having to find creative solutions (infer from that what you will) like I did last year while passing through Santa Barbara after hiking.

When I'm on a walk and need to use the bathroom, if nothing else, I'll go into a restaurant and offer to order a soda to go. Oftentimes, they let me use theirs without having to buy anything.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #32 on: May 24, 2022, 06:49:47 PM »

^^^

Even thatís an uphill battle sometimes.  There was a fairly recent occasion where I even bought lunch at a Burger King and they still refused access to their restroom.  Fortunately there was an abandoned bridge behind the restaurant with some sight line cover.

Regarding coaxing gas station attendants into using a non-public restroom access Iíve found my wife can be very persuasive.  Sheís been able to butter up some access on occasion when I could not. 
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #33 on: May 24, 2022, 06:59:04 PM »

My personal experience is that most urban gas stations donít want to let anyone use the restroom period.
Oh, I've walked into a non-zero number of gas stations with a no-public-restrooms sign, asked to use the restroom, and been shown to the restroom.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #34 on: May 24, 2022, 07:03:17 PM »

My personal experience is that most urban gas stations donít want to let anyone use the restroom period.
Oh, I've walked into a non-zero number of gas stations with a no-public-restrooms sign, asked to use the restroom, and been shown to the restroom.

The last time I can recall being granted access to a non public restroom upon asking was in 2010 in Mission Beach in San Diego.  I donít know if I just look threatening or something because itís almost universally ďno.Ē  Probably fair to mention that I do almost universally wear gym clothes while actively in transport on road trips.  Iím also fairly tall, donít really smile too much and Iím told that I have somewhat direct mannerisms. 

But, like I said above my wife (who isnít white like me) has much more success.  My wife is not an intimidating person and very approachable in contrast to me.  Even when Iím wife in general in public Iíve noticed more people are willing to talk to me than as opposed when Iím by myself. 
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #35 on: May 24, 2022, 07:10:18 PM »

The only time I've been denied restroom access at a gas station was this place along US-69 in Big Cabin, OK. The guy wouldn't let me use the restroom unless I bought something. I needed to go bad enough I bought some $1.69 candy bar or something and never went back there again.

I usually do buy something after I use the restroom, since I get that upkeep of a restroom is not free, but I resented being made to make a purchase before being allowed in.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #36 on: May 24, 2022, 07:21:05 PM »

The only time I've been denied restroom access at a gas station was this place along US-69 in Big Cabin, OK. The guy wouldn't let me use the restroom unless I bought something. I needed to go bad enough I bought some $1.69 candy bar or something and never went back there again.

I usually do buy something after I use the restroom, since I get that upkeep of a restroom is not free, but I resented being made to make a purchase before being allowed in.

With the purchase first stipulation Iíve never been denied entry to a restroom. 
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #37 on: May 24, 2022, 08:30:39 PM »

One time in Oakland, CA, the gas station let me use the restroom because of my appearance (clean-cut and suit) and specifically told me that it was okay for me but, as he waved towards other customers, not "them." 
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #38 on: May 24, 2022, 08:47:56 PM »

I think I've been denied a restroom a total of twice in my life.

One of those times, we were told "you're free to use the side of the outside wall" of the gas station, so we did. That seemed honest enough.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #39 on: May 24, 2022, 08:57:37 PM »

But, like I said above my wife (who isnít white like me) has much more success.  My wife is not an intimidating person and very approachable in contrast to me.  Even when Iím wife in general in public Iíve noticed more people are willing to talk to me than as opposed when Iím by myself. 

Female privilege.

Actually, what will make anyone let you into the bathroom is a young child.  That's like secret weapon when it comes to bathroom access.

Sometimes Iíve found myself having to find creative solutions (infer from that what you will) like I did last year while passing through Santa Barbara after hiking.

Truth.  I once took a dump behind this garage.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #40 on: May 24, 2022, 09:07:59 PM »

I like Royal Farms for their chicken and its Baltimore origins like mine, Wawa for their quesadillas and Coke Freestyle machines, Sheetz for their marketing, Rutter's for their burgers, Turkey Hill for their ice cream, and High's for sentimental reasons, as it was once my mom's go-to for gallons of milk.

As for "no restrooms", I will gladly empty my bladder on their lawn and see if they care.
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« Reply #41 on: May 24, 2022, 09:29:22 PM »

But, like I said above my wife (who isnít white like me) has much more success.  My wife is not an intimidating person and very approachable in contrast to me.  Even when Iím wife in general in public Iíve noticed more people are willing to talk to me than as opposed when Iím by myself. 

Female privilege.

Actually, what will make anyone let you into the bathroom is a young child.  That's like secret weapon when it comes to bathroom access.

Sometimes Iíve found myself having to find creative solutions (infer from that what you will) like I did last year while passing through Santa Barbara after hiking.

Truth.  I once took a dump behind this garage.

I would imagine it is far easier to make the mental conclusion that a friendly looking female individual is acceptable to permit restroom access over a somewhat intimidating looking male.  Iíll have to try the child card if we have my wifeís nieces with us the next time something like a no-permit situation happens. 

In the Santa Barbara instance I noticed the bushes on the off ramp from US 101 to CA 150 were especially thick and provided excellent cover.  I have found in many emergency restroom situations (frequently while running) that railroad grades are very reliable place to go without being seen by anyone that cares. 
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« Reply #42 on: May 25, 2022, 11:55:59 AM »

Actually, what will make anyone let you into the bathroom is a young child.  That's like secret weapon when it comes to bathroom access.
And you can bring damn near anything into a sporting event if you put it at the bottom of a diaper bag.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #43 on: May 25, 2022, 06:42:08 PM »

In the early days of the iPhone, there was an app called "Sit or Squat" that would alert you to public restrooms near your location. I'm not sure if that app still exists today, or has been updated to work with newer iOS releases, but I'm sure there's probably some sort of app dispensing similar information.

I'm going to get slapped over this one, but in West Virginia it's got to be GoMart.  The ones in more rural areas have greasy fried chicken that you can smell from two miles away, and traditionally sold lots of local products such as homemade candies, pastries and (in northern parts of the state) pepperoni rolls.  It's been a few years since I've been back to West Virginia, so I don't have any clue how it is today.

You're the only person I've ever heard who expressed a fandom for GoMart. I've been in a few of them in my time, and they've ranged from spotless to feeling like I needed a shower immediately upon exiting. I once went into a fairly new one somewhere along I-79 (Jane Lew, maybe?) and was impressed. I must have really needed to go and didn't think I could make it to the Sheetz at Weston.
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« Reply #44 on: May 25, 2022, 09:17:30 PM »

Casey's has been one to have 2 single occupant restrooms and label by gender - what a freakin waste of resources.  if you have 2 restrooms - free for all.
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« Reply #45 on: May 25, 2022, 09:22:56 PM »

Casey's has been one to have 2 single occupant restrooms and label by gender - what a freakin waste of resources.  if you have 2 restrooms - free for all.

If itís single use occupant restroom I really donít have a ton of respect for when they arenít assigned unisex.  If there is someone in the Menís assigned room taking forever Iíll slip over to the room marked Womenís if it free. 

The Union 76 on CA 41 that I drive by actually has a unisex restroom inside and a portapotty for Ag workers by the pumps.  More often than not Iíll just use the portapotty since there is almost never a wait versus the unisex inside.
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« Reply #46 on: May 25, 2022, 09:24:06 PM »

Casey's has been one to have 2 single occupant restrooms and label by gender - what a freakin waste of resources.  if you have 2 restrooms - free for all.

If itís single use occupant restroom I really donít have a ton of respect for when they arenít assigned unisex.  If there is someone in the Menís assigned room taking forever Iíll slip over to the room marked Womenís if it free. 

The Union 76 on CA 41 that I drive by actually has a unisex restroom inside and a portapotty for Ag workers by the pumps.  More often than not Iíll just use the portapotty since there is almost never a wait versus the unisex inside.
Then you get a death glare from a woman waiting for it.
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« Reply #47 on: May 25, 2022, 09:28:33 PM »

Casey's has been one to have 2 single occupant restrooms and label by gender - what a freakin waste of resources.  if you have 2 restrooms - free for all.

If itís single use occupant restroom I really donít have a ton of respect for when they arenít assigned unisex.  If there is someone in the Menís assigned room taking forever Iíll slip over to the room marked Womenís if it free. 

The Union 76 on CA 41 that I drive by actually has a unisex restroom inside and a portapotty for Ag workers by the pumps.  More often than not Iíll just use the portapotty since there is almost never a wait versus the unisex inside.
Then you get a death glare from a woman waiting for it.

Donít get me wrong, I wouldnít do it if there was an active line.  But if someone got offended upon my exit from a 20 second restroom break thatís just too bad for them.  Considering some of what we talked about already has included pooping behind garages, peeing in bushes and using railroad grades as cover that hypothetical scenario is game by comparison. 

Also, Iím dangerously close to starting a ďUrban Bathroom EmergenciesĒ thread given some of the stories in this thread already fit.
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Re: Gas Station Fandom
« Reply #48 on: May 25, 2022, 09:37:19 PM »

I'm generally not averse to peeing outside in a rural area (did it all the time as a kid), but I hesitate to do it in an urban area, for fear some busybody would call the cops.
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« Reply #49 on: May 25, 2022, 09:45:02 PM »

I'm generally not averse to peeing outside in a rural area (did it all the time as a kid), but I hesitate to do it in an urban area, for fear some busybody would call the cops.

Iím an avid hiker and camp frequently, so to me it has never been a big deal to use the outdoors to urinate.  The trouble in a city is like you said, who is going to see you and who would call the cops?  I picked up a lot of the good urban places to hide from view during distance running over the years (almost an inevitability an issue will occur distance running eventually).  The railroad grades are by far the best bet in an urban setting but even stuff like thick bushes or underpasses will do the trick in an emergency.  It also helps to know in the back of your head that even if someone called the police the response would not likely be instantaneous if at all. 

Bowel movement emergencies are all together different beast and way harder to find work arounds urban or otherwise.
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