The last thing most people want to do is dig around for loose change when they are desperate to spend a penny.
However, the Overgate shopping centre is considering charging shoppers 10p to use its toilets in a bid to stop vandalism and drug-use taking place in its cubicles.
The move would follow in the footsteps of the Wellgate, which charges 20p for the use of its facilities.
The Overgate is encouraging members of the public to fill out a quick survey which can be collected from the customer services desk in the centre.
On it, they are asked give an opinion on the toilets and whether they would support a 10p charge.
The questionnaire also asks people to rate the facilities from a scale of one to 10.
It states: “We are proposing to upgrade all our toilets at a cost of around £600,000.
“To avoid further vandalism and drug use within the toilets we are considering a 10p charge.”
It then asks: “Would you object to a charge if we can ensure the toilets are safe, clean and presentable at all times?”
It says the money collected from the charge would be given to charity.
Public reaction to the Overgate’s proposal to introduce the charge has been mixed.
Mary Robertson said: “I think it’s pretty appropriate, because in any place you could be charged 20p or 30p.
“If it prevents vandalism and drug use, perfect. I wouldn’t be against it at all.”
Kelvie Aimufa, 33, said he would definitely pay for it, adding: “Ten pence – I think that’s pretty cheap.”
Anne Derkacz, 65 said she thought it was “a good idea”.
She said: “I’ve never heard of them doing that before.
“I suppose 10p is nothing if its going to stop vandalism.
“I would pay it if it’s going to stop people.”
But Karen Scott didn’t think it was a good idea.
She said: “We pay for so much already, including for car parking, that it’s about time we got something for nothing.
“There is one toilet to cover all these shops.
“If you don’t have 10p on you you’re raking for change.”
Karen added that she did not think the charge would necessarily stop the toilets being used to take drugs.
She said: “If they want to do it they are going to do it anyway.”
Neall Dalson said: “Ten pence isn’t a lot in the grand scheme of things. I can understand why they would do this.
“If it was any higher it would probably be a bit extortionate.”
An Overgate spokeswoman said the centre would not be commenting on the proposals at this stage.