Working toilets

What does it say about a place if the toilets are not working?
A working toilet is unremarkable:
Except for quality assurance officials,
No one should really notice.
But it becomes unmistakable when it doesn’t work.
Sure, no toilet is built to run for all time
And the maintenance budget can understandably be a little lean
In tough times,
But a broken toilet that remains broken for months on end
Is more than just a maintenance problem.
Worse than the hygienic consequences of this unmade decision
Is what an eternal ‘Out of Order’ sign,
Missing toilet seat and broken cistern
Tell us about a place.

Please. Fix it.

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