A restroom can be seen as reflection of the spaces surrounding it. Although rare, it is not unheard of that cosy and welcoming bathrooms, where one can feel right at home, yet still enjoy pristine surroundings and convenient facilities, can be found in public places as well. Restroom in widely visited areas, such as gas stations, bus stations and airports, tend to be a little worse for wear. Places like this are filthy and off-putting at worst, functional and extremely clinical in looks at best. In any case, they give off a bleak vibe. It is also rather bleak to charge people for using the toilet. In most cases, fees like this are not accompanied by elevated cleanliness levels or improved aesthetics, quite the contrary. But this is common in situations where a sense of honour or shame is replaced with a one-sighted desire to make money. Not to mention that the job of collecting money at a lavatory is likely one of the saddest jobs out there – embarrassing and annoying for loo-goers, more destructive and demoralizing than the job of a toilet cleaner; not unlike the post of a ferryman over the Styx.
Messing up such details shows that it is not just the main values in life, but its small periodic manifestations as well, that play an important role in a person's feelings of well-being. In real estate valuations, the comfort, looks and cleanliness of a bathroom is often treated as a litmus test; buyers are much more mellow about disorganised living rooms than they are about displeasing toilet.