By Michelle Hanley
1 poop out of 5.
Have you ever walked around a bookstore and suddenly had the overwhelming need to poop? You are not alone! It is so common it has a name, Mariko Aoki phenomenon, named after the Japanese woman who discovered it.
On a recent trip to Chapters I was suffering hard from Mariko Aoki phenomenon and had to find a bathroom quick. After getting lost throughout the aisles of overpriced candles, discounted Dan Brown paperbacks and American Girl dolls I finally found the toilet but with an ‘OUT OF ORDER’ sign and directions to the Starbucks bathroom located inside the Chapters. If I wanted to poop at another Starbucks I could have gone to any other of the 108 locations in the city.
The Vogue Theatre
3 poops out of 5.
The Vogue is one of Vancouver’s few remaining theatres. This 1940s art deco gem is one of the best places to see a live show in Vancouver. It is also home to some of the best-looking and hardest-working bartenders in the city.
The Vogue recently was refurbished and renovated but it seems like the bathrooms still could use a bit of an upgrade. Although they are very cute and maintain the charm of the old theatre, some of the stalls don’t lock and there’s usually a bit of graffiti on the walls. Also I hear that this bathroom is super haunted and the thought of being spooked by a ghost mid-poop is enough to make me want to avoid it.
Peace Arch Border Crossing
4 poops out of 5.
Crossing the border is always a bit stressful, and it’s even more stressful when you have to go through secondary inspection. The long lineups and macho border dudes make me really anxious and anxiety makes me poop a lot. Luckily for me the US border has some great toilets!
There was a long lineup of tourists waiting for the single toilet, but one should always expect a wait at the border and the bathroom line is no exception. When I finally had my turn I was very impressed with how spotlessly clean the bathroom was. It was very well stocked and very spacious. This toilet is definitely worth stopping by on your next cross border trip.BC, British Columbia, Chapters Broadway, doo doo, Peace Arch Border Crossing, poop, public toilets, shit, Vogue Theatre