Hold it: RMV customers peeved at lack of restrooms
Better hope they call your number at the Quincy Registry office before nature does.
There are no public restrooms inside Quincy Fair Mall where the Registry of Motor Vehicles has an office.
“It’s one thing if you’re waiting 20 minutes. But if you’re going to wait two hours, there should be a restroom in the building,” said Mary Clark of Weymouth. She skipped her morning cup of coffee Monday knowing she would later be on line to renew her driver’s license.
Registry employees keep the bathrooms they use under lock and key: the public is not allowed.
Registry spokeswoman Ann Dufresne said building owner Messina Enterprises began locking restrooms after they were repeatedly damaged.
“We are aware of the limitations at the facility and they will be taken into consideration when we move out of there,” Dufresne said. The Registry is looking at space in Braintree to move into by February.
The food court upstairs from the Registry office restricts its bathrooms to paying customers for “insurance reasons,” according to a sign at the entrance. Julie Feng, owner of Taste of Taiwan, said that people repeatedly left the bathrooms dirty and damaged and that homeless people regularly used them as a place to bathe.
“I think the RMV should have a public bathroom so it isn’t left to us,” she said.
John P. Kelly of The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.