Furious Costa customer finds 'no toilets just for women' in new cafe

A Costa customer was left furious after discovering there were no female-only toilets in a new cafe.

She complained to coffee shop bosses after finding there were two toilets for men and two unisex bathrooms, with no women-only facilities.

Lauren @NeepsnTatties was unhappy about the seemingly unfair loo provision and posted about her annoyance, reports EdinburghLive.

She tweeted: "Hello @CostaCoffee. I was at your new Edinburgh Meadowbank cafe yesterday and was surprised to see that of 4 loos, 2 were for females+males and 2 were males only.

"Why do women get only 2/4 with 0 exclusively for female use, while men get the choice of all 4 with 2 just for them?"

She attached a photo of the signs up on the toilets in the Meadowbank coffee house, with one depicting available for both men and women, and the other for men only.

Lauren continued her complaint by replying to her own tweet, saying: "Of the two men’s rooms, one just had a urinal + sink in it, one had a toilet + sink.

"Same as the mixed sex one, so I don’t understand that. Why one whole room for a urinal though? Why not just install another toilet that everyone can use?

"I think there are 2 connected issues. One is mixed sex lockable toilet rooms which, while *not* my preference, are less controversial.

"My main problem here is the sexist unfairness - men got all 4 including 2 for their exclusive use. What on earth was the thinking behind this?

Furious Costa customer finds 'no toilets just for women' in new cafe

"I don’t really believe it was a mistake tbh. The work would have been planned and signed off. One toilet only had a urinal in it. I’m glad the signs have been changed now (to what, I don’t know) but it shouldn’t have happened.

"Some people are bringing it up as a transgender policy but it’s not about that, it’s about the male default and treating women with less consideration."

The tweet has since gone viral and garnered 1,450 retweets, 244 quote tweets and 4,500 likes on the social media platform, with Costa providing a response almost immediately.

Costa replied: "Hi thanks for raising this with us. We have now looked into it and found that, after the store opened last week, some of the toilet doors have the wrong signs.

"We’ve asked our contractors to change them & have put temporary signs up until then. We’re sorry for the inconvenience."

Many Twitter users have since tweeted their support to the Edinburgh Costa customer, with one responding: "Misogyny in Scotland is being allowed & encouraged to the surface.

"We should never assume that having a woman in charge makes things better for women. Men only allow the women who won’t challenge their power to have power."

Another said: "Where are women supposed to go to the loo? I don't want to share facilities with men that I don't know. It would make me feel very vulnerable and unsafe.

"I am therefore forced to avoid your business for this reason. You cannot discriminate against women in they way."

And a third added: "What is the purpose of a male only toilet here?"

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