Worst toilets habits in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Leaving the toilet unflushed, choking it with tissue paper and flicking water everywhere after washing their hands - these are Singapore's worst toilet habits, say cleaners.

"Singaporeans are so rich, but how come the way they use toilets is so poor?" asked Madam Aminah Osman, 59, a cleaner at Sun Plaza in Sembawang.

"People leave tissue all over the place - on the sink, in the toilet bowl. It's hard to flush."

Said Mr Xu Chu Hong, 76, a cleaner at Yio Chu Kang MRT station: "Why can't they throw tissue into the bin nearby? Some don't even flush, it's disgusting."

Some men do not lift the seat cover and end up leaving urine on it, said Environmental Management Association of Singapore president Milton Ng.

"All you need is one bad user and the whole cycle of dirtying the place starts."

Some of the best and the worst

Best toilets visited

Alexandra Hospital - (378 Alexandra Road, Level 1)

Won Best Happy Toilet of the Year 2011 under the Restroom Association's Happy Toilet Programme

Mayflower Market and Food Centre - (Block 162, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4)

Last year's Best Happy Toilet in a market and food centre

Anchorpoint - (370 Alexandra Road)

Last year's Best Happy Toilet in a shopping centre

Worst toilets visited

S-11 at Nee Soon - (Block 744, Yishun Street 72)

Female toilet could not flush

Ling Brothers Eating House - (101 Upper Paya Lebar Road)

Grime on the walls and dirty mirrors. Floor was wet

Coffee Express 2000 - (Block 443, Pasir Ris Drive 6)

Male toilet seat cover had stains even after toilet was just cleaned

Sun Plaza - (30 Sembawang Drive, Level 1)

Disabled users' toilet had tissue paper stuck to the ceiling


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