In the year 2000 the bathrooms became modernized, tissues of better quality if someone doesn’t steel it and the bathroom lights usually not on a timer. Most modern facilities now have automatic flushers even though at times they might scare you off the seat like a high power Hoover vacuum about to suck you down the drain without warning when it decides you should be done. Not sure what is worse.
Where is the flushing devise? Is it: the side level, wall mounted, vertical level, cord hanging from the ceiling, electric eye or the rubber floor pedal. I have seem them all. Is it the small ball to the side of the tank, the handle on the unit or the red spot on the water tank? Sometimes I could not find it at all. Might be the reason in the past one would often find public toilets at times un-flushed.
Recently seeing an old cord flusher reminded me of years ago as a college student one morning when getting ready for my shower in a hotel room.I pulled a long cord which was often found to the left of the toilet. Not paying attention to the absence of the sound of water swirling down the drain, I looked up to a number of happy faces of smiling men on the deck playing cards outside my window, glancing at my stark naked 20 year old body. I had pulled the curtain shade up thinking it was the mission impossible dam flusher. Thank God that was yesterday. Today their smiles would be replaced with ugly frowns, frightened by the sight of my body 50 years later.