Price discrimination comes to restaurants

Friday, April 15, 2011 2:51 PM

Jerry said:

That will look really sexy when you wear shorts on hot days....

You laugh now... But we'll see who is laughing later when we're at TravisLand, and you have to shell out almost $3 to pee out your overpriced soda. :)

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Friday, April 15, 2011 2:57 PM

God made trees and shrubbery for such emergencies...

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Friday, April 15, 2011 3:08 PM

This is all before my time (or when I was very young) but I seem to remember pay toilets in different places so they must have hung on into the 80's in some capacity.

I know it always comes up as a joke, but I want to say Conneaut was among the place that had them in the early 80's (1981 or 1982). Or am I mixing up memories?

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Friday, April 15, 2011 3:44 PM

Back in 2003 at Coney Island, I recall having to pay a very scary-looking old lady 25 cents to use the facilities.

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Friday, April 15, 2011 3:45 PM

Despite being the resident Showtune King (queen?), I'll refrain from busting out "It's a Privilege to Pee" from Urinetown.

Last edited by birdhombre, Friday, April 15, 2011 3:45 PM
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Friday, April 15, 2011 3:47 PM

I hope Dick K doesn't read this thread... "People gotta pee"...

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Friday, April 15, 2011 3:53 PM

Nik-O-Lok

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Friday, April 15, 2011 4:05 PM

birdhombre said:
Despite being the resident Showtune King (queen?), I'll refrain from busting out "It's a Privilege to Pee" from Urinetown.

Deja post. I need some new material.

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Friday, April 15, 2011 4:23 PM

tambo said:
Back in 2003 at Coney Island, I recall having to pay a very scary-looking old lady 25 cents to use the facilities.

LOL, I remember a similar experience a year or two before that. Score one for the "gentrification of Coney"... ;)

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Friday, April 15, 2011 5:23 PM

birdhombre said:
Deja post. I need some new material.

No, it's a good thing. Once you're able to self-reference, it means you've not only been here a while, but that the things you said were relevant enough to remain relevant once the conversation begins to repeat itself.

I love being able to link to my own old posts as my replies to newer conversations.

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Friday, April 15, 2011 6:13 PM

^ I actually was just going to let it go, but then I asked myself "What would Gonch post?" and decided to go ahead and link it. :)

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Friday, April 15, 2011 9:12 PM

Just a couple of points as I am arriving late to the party...

You do realize that demand pricing is already being used for park admission. Demand pricing, reservations, the whole bit: (site). To the extent that they don't even publish their admission rates.

On the subject of pay toilets...places that have used them have learned the hard way to provide some form of free urinal, otherwise the side of the rest room building starts to stink real bad.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Last edited by RideMan, Saturday, April 16, 2011 1:39 AM
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Friday, April 15, 2011 10:21 PM

I only saw pay toilets at Camden park in the '80s. I am the almost the same age as Gonch (but don't tell anyone).

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Friday, April 15, 2011 11:02 PM

Of course they had pay toilets at Camden. Do you know how much it costs to keep those restrooms stocked with corncobs? ;)

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Friday, April 15, 2011 11:35 PM

(Processing... Processing...) Ewww, I think. And LOL! (???)

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 8:08 AM

I was gonna say Camden, back in the day. Was it a dime to get in and a quarter to pee?

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 8:52 AM

Dave: Discovery Cove doesn't publish admission rates in part because it's in the "if you have to ask you can't afford it" category.

But, yes, DC has had a reservations-based model with price fluctuation from the day they opened. That's a little less interesting than if a park converted to that model.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 11:22 AM

Discovery Cove starts at $200. That's hardly exclusive pricing. It's about the same as two Sea World admissions.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 3:21 PM

Be careful, you might be accused of being elitist if $200 isn't that exclusive!

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 4:18 PM

No one said paying $200 for a luxury was bad. The implication was that if you dont think $100 is ever a lot of money to anyone after adult hood you dont gave a grasp on the real world.

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