Yep, that's right, Racecar Supply, located adjacent to the South Sound Speedway in Rochester (about 20 miles south of Olympia) picked up all five of Seattle's public toilets for a song on eBay last night. City warehousing services manger Pat Miller says the new owners plan to put two or three near the track and use the others for spare parts. Spare parts? Huh.
The public privies sold for between $1,475 and $3,050. The one on Capitol Hill was the cheapest. Miller figures it was because of its less than stellar condition. He says the one on Broadway near Seattle Central looked like it was riddled with bullet holes. "These things were supposed to be rugged," Miller says. "But the one on Capitol Hill was so beat up that we had to replace the door once, for $7,000."
The city is currently negotiating with the new owners on the logistics for removing the toilets, which won't likely happen before the end of the month. Further complicating matters, the one on the waterfront is in a shoreline management zone and will require a permit to be taken out. What a waste.
Update: Butch Behn, owner of Racecar Supply (who also owns the South Sound Speedway), and the lucky new owner of Seattle's five self-cleaning public toilets, thinks he got a deal. "Let's be honest," he says. "These things are worth $225,000 a piece." But he's never seen them. Like Miller, he imagines the reason he got a couple for around $1,500 is because they are in rough shape. Not to worry though, he probably only needs two for the race track. The others he plans to sell, or use for parts-- spare parts for the other toilets, should they break, of course!