Due to the writer's strike and the lack of active bowel movements in Burbank, NBC has decided to close down the last pay toilet at the studio.
At it's peak, pay toiletry was a thriving industry at NBC. Dime by dime, the concession for toilets was fought for by industry giants in the pay stall business.
In 1950, when Burbank Studios opened, there were over 500 pay comfort stations for both kinds of human waste, and an extra 100 for those who made both at the same time. Those special toilets were fifteen cents, but were a welcome addition to morning plop plops and slashes.
In the early days, the pay toilets were luxury accommodations. And over the years, brass bands, small buffets, small time vaudeville acts and free ice cream cones were just part of the fun for the NBC employees, who often waited until they got to work to evacuate their bowels and bladders. It was a grand period.
Now, employees and tourists alike will have to make at the gas station across the street from the studio. The price is the same, but with none of the accoutrements of the NBC stalls. And the key is attached to a tire.
We at TheSpoof.com would like to salute the members of the honor guard of the NBC pay toilets.
May you make good.