Tuesday, 15 April 2008
The above picture shows the public toilets in Perceval Square in Stornoway, embellished by the Christmas Decorations last December. In recent times, the square has echoed to the sound of jaws slamming to the floor as those seeking relief from a call of nature read a statutory notice from Comhairle nan Siar. The Town Fathers announced that spending a penny would now cost thirty-five pennies, rather than the twenty it costs at the moment.
Shocked islanders came close to losing control of their bladders and nearly unanimously voted the idea down the pan. Flushed with embarrassment, the Comhairle hurriedly announced that there had been an error and that the price hike was in fact going to be just five pence, not fifteen.
I think it's taking the p to charge people twenty-five p to take a p.