Stopping off at convenience store just to use the potty in the USA is typically not allowed. One is often required to make purchase for the right to poop in a poorly maintained and dirty restroom. Many stores, malls, and roadside travel centers in Europe charge a small fee if you want to take a crap in their commodes.
This Circle K convenience store, you see in the picture located east of Ruidoso,NM on highway 70, lost business to a three car caravan on the way to Ski Apache on a Saturday afternoon. We went in to pee and poop first only to be met by a ribboned off entrance to the poorly marked bathroom. We turned and gazed towards the attendant who was not rude, but just kind of shrugged her shoulders. I don’t blame her. She makes less than welfare recipients and would be out the door in a flash at this establish with permanent “now hiring” signs taped to front doors.
This convenience store, which appears to be more interested in selling big bottles of Jack Daniel’s for $17.99 along with lottery tickets, lost whatever money they would have made filling up three SUV’s full of skiers with gasoline and the various purchases made at their establishment.
I don’t know, maybe if Americans had to pay every time they had to piss or do a number 2, then there would be cleaner restrooms, but in a society that does not carry around much change or cash, I don’t see that happening.