Bathroom attendants are “worse than squeegee men”

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BALTHAZAR owner Keith McNally’s decision to sack his bathroom attendants is good news for customers, says New York Post columnist Steve Cuozzo.

Now that the great Soho restaurant is attendant-free, Cuozzo argues that people will actually return to their tables with cleaner hands.

Cuozzo says bathroom attendants are even “worse than squeegee men”.

Many customers avoid washing because they are afraid they will have to tip the attendant at least a dollar for the privilege.

Says Cuozzo: “I’d rather face a squeegee man than a potty porter. I flee a restaurant john without soaping my contaminated fingers rather than have my hands held by a creepy stranger who makes me feel like I’m the one begging.

“Health Dept. rules that employees must “wash hands before returning to work” don’t apply to customers.

“Eateries are filled with grungy-fingered diners who couldn’t stomach waiting their turn to be handed paper towels, having their noses wiped – and paying for the privilege.

“Those few who insist on clean hands face the dilemma: How much to tip? What if you don’t have a $1 bill, but only 20s? Am I a cheapskate to walk out without paying?”

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