Seattle Metro Transit Looking for Bathroom Czar for Nearly $100K
Image via KOMO
Seattle’s Metro Transit is looking for an expert in locating a really good bathroom.
KOMO News reports Seattle officials have been searching for candidates who might make a fantastic bathroom czar. The official title, for a job that would help alleviate a very real problem for local bus drivers, is the Comfort Station Coordinator.
That title, more than sounding like a highfalutin massage therapist, could pay in the upwards of $97,000 a year.
Now the job title may sound a bit ridiculous, but the story actually hints at a problem that so often goes unreported. We have all enjoyed public transportation at some point in our travels, but we rarely consider the plight of those drivers working long hours:
Spokesman Jeff Switzer offered that the job isn’t as silly as it sounds: “It's not just somebody running around telling drivers where they can pee. We have an obligation under the law. We take it really seriously; 2,600 operators keep this community, keep this economy moving.”
Switzer went on to say the pay was essentially what you would find with other managerial positions and experience would be an important factor in deciding the future coordinator.
And again, this is a big problem for drivers who have had to use unsightly facilities in the past. Or worse, as the video states, some have resorted to using diapers to alleviate themselves while maintaining their routes.
Kenny Troy has been driving for 10 years and explained, “If there's not a bathroom there, we have to kind of hold it until we can find one.”
Thankfully, the issue is getting a serious response and the report issues, “A number of new bathrooms have been added to the list of those available to drivers, ranging from a golf course in Renton to the Bed, Bath, and Beyond store in Downtown Seattle, officials said. Metro has also hired an interim bathroom czar.”
So a problem that lends itself to hilarious headlines is getting addressed. Hopefully, the laughs will lead to important relief for those who spend their day squiring Seattle locals around the city.
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