I've always heard there was a bathroom available in the Metro in DC, but I never tried to use it--it's not like the Metro employees are known for being overly friendly. In fact, I'd heard they sometimes even deny that the bathrooms exist. Metro doesn't discourage this behavior on the part of their employees--the entire reason they didn't have openly public restrooms in the first place was they were afraid of helping criminals, such as drug dealers. In fact, even if they do admit that the restrooms exist, Metro employees are allowed to deny them to anyone for any reason. I mean, they have to get up and unlock the door to let you in.
Well, yesterday I really had to go. So I braved the Metro employees and hit the jackpot with a nice guy--he let me in, no questions asked. It was a squalid room that two urinals, a toilet, and a cement block doorstop. After he opened the door he said, "You know, today's the last day. They're shutting it down starting tomorrow."
"They're closing the bathrooms?" I asked.
"Yup," he said. "Security reasons."
This just proves that old adage that you don't know how important a little convenience is until it's needlessly yanked away by Al Qaeda.