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You Should Have Gone Before You Left

When the Washington Department of Labor and Industries audited Seattle’s Metro Transit, they found that the drivers were not provided with unrestricted access to restrooms, and some drivers were even wearing diapers because of the pressure they felt to stick to their scheduled routes. Metro added several available restrooms to the list, and hired an interim “bathroom czar” (though his official title is “Comfort Station Coordinator”) to work on the problem. “It’s our job to make sure they have access to restrooms, so when we’re driving commuters, when we’re driving passengers downtown, bus drivers can also stop and use the bathroom, too,” said Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer. They are currently in the process of hiring a full-time manager, who could earn as much as $97,000 per year, for the job. “It’s not just somebody running around telling drivers where they can pee,” Switzer said. (MS/KOMO Seattle) ...Municipal czars: their jobs are so much more than just pee!
Original Publication Date: 29 March 2015
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