It appears that happiness is spreading amongst the toilets of Chiang Mai. We noticed our first happy toilet at a Chiang Mai temple three months ago, now happy toilets are starting to appears at the far ends of the province. On the old road from Chiang Mai to Bangkok we found this toilet near Li. The road is little used since Highway 1 was completed, the petrol station where we stopped at had a desolate air. The convenience shop had closed, the auto repair sheds were abandoned and even the pumps were rusty. However, the toilet was as clean as ever and a new sign told us that it was a happy toilet.
The sign proclaimed: “Clean toilet. Standard service. Suggestions, complaints, information phone 1614”. Private Tye, eager to know why this toilet was so happy, phoned them up; but all that our reporter got was a phone robot that went round in circles. The mystery remains.
So, with Thai people now so miserable these days, what really does makes the Thai toilets so happy? Well, a toilet does not mind getting dumped on from someone above, if Thai employees had the same attitude they would be a lot happier. Also, what goes down the bowl is not significantly different from what somebody puts in their mouth if they get their lunch from a Thai franchised convenience store. Another thing worth considering is that although they are happy, none of these toilets are equipped with the new red Thaksin toilet bowls.
Private Tye has done some statistics, using massive amounts of data (two observations) and the most sophisticated techniques (a linear projection). We discovered that by the year 2020 every toilet in Thailand will be happy. Gives you something to think about.