A red button protrudes from the restroom wall of a Rutter's store at the intersection of Greenbriar Road and Roosevelt Avenue in Manchester Township, Pa.
From afar, it resembles the Staples Easy Button.
Or the one you'd push at the hospital to summon a nurse to the stall.
Maybe it's a cartoon-style ejection trigger, designed to launch the porcelain throne -- pilot and all -- into York County airspace.
It's just the latest in commode couture -- a way to anonymously say, "Hey, this bathroom is dirty."
"When it comes to bathrooms, well, customers are often just a little bashful to say anything," said Alex Henry, communications manager for Rutter's Farm Stores. " ... No need to whisper or describe things that might make you blush. Just push the button, and we'll take it from there."
Rutter's operates 57 convenience stores in central Pennsylvania.
Those built in the last five years contain the buttons, which send a "discreet alert" to employees behind the counter "so they can get started on correcting whatever the issue may be," Henry said.Bathrooms in older stores will eventually contain the buttons and accompanying metal plaque.
"If our restroom does not meet your expectations in any way," it reads, "please push this button."
How many people take the advice?
"It's really hard to say ..." Henry said. "Hopefully not many. Our goal isn't to have customers push the button. It's to have clean restrooms on every visit so they won't have to push it."
And it's not just a regional chain employing the dirt alert strategy.
Some of retail giant Walmart's stores contain light switches with a similar message.
"If this restroom needs service, please turn on switch," reads a plaque in the bathroom of the Walmart in West Manchester Township.
"We make every effort to keep our facilities clean for all of our customers and associates and are committed to providing a pleasant shopping and working environment," said Walmart spokesman Bill Wertz. "If a customer notices a problem that needs immediate attention, they can flip the switch to alert a member of management."
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