QUESTION: When I go to Kmart I steer clear of the women's restroom. It's always disgusting. It smells so bad I almost have to cover my nose. There's usually dirty toilet paper thrown around the floor and the trash cans are always overflowing. Isn't it some kind of health violation? Besides the cafeteria is just outside the door. — Sniffy, El Centro
Kmart is not the only local facility with that problem. You'll find toilets, some in otherwise squeaky-clean restaurants, that smell worse than outhouses.
Throwing toilet paper on the floor is a cultural thing found on the border. In Mexico, people are too considerate to throw paper in the toilet bowl because it would stop up the plumbing. Mexican sewage systems do not work as well as they do in the United States.
A Kmart assistant manager who didn't want her name in the paper said custodians make regular inspections of the toilets and clean them when needed.