The public in the north of the beach is no longer supplied with soap, so some people are screening it.
The council has been washing hands-on slippery things, damaging soap dispensers, leaving the bathroom users to rely only on water for good hygiene.
It was shocking not to inquire the user who contacted Stuff.
"It's 2018, and we're shaking hands with others who have stools on them."
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Well, obviously, this is not a problem.
This practice may conflict with what our parents have been taught, but the district health department has not been waiting for changes to trigger an outbreak.
Most of the microbes in the public toilets were the usual bacteria found on the skin, which can be lifted anywhere, said MidCentral health care professional Craig Thornley, not intestinal bacteria.
He said that public toilets are not a public health threat.
"There is a relatively small risk: people should use common sense."
He said if people wash their hands under running water for 20 seconds – as long as they sing Happy Birthday twice – and they drank properly, they had to go well.
He suggested the proper hand washing with soap and water before the next meal, and if people were particularly concerned, they could carry alcohol-related sanitation for a "fairly good" result.
Some people in the northern streets of Palmerston were worried that the council had made vandals and reduced hygiene standards.
"They are pandering on some aspirations and ignoring many needs," said Bryan Treloar, Palmerston North.
He was worried about the bacteria could spread more easily, creating a potential "public health problem".
Aucklander Fiona Austin said she would not want to use public toilets simply because there was no soap.
"If you use a public toilet, you can expect some extra bacteria."
Ace Ruru, from Palmerston North, thought that the decision to remove the sprayers was "weird."
"Soap should be used in public toilets, but nobody uses it."
City council, acting as Chief Infrastructure Officer Ray Swadel, said the council would prefer to have soap holders in public toilets.
"However, due to the unsatisfactory degree of vandalism in most of our public toilets, we had to remove objects that could be affected.
"It also includes soap dispensers. Although this is not ideal, the cost of servicing and replacing soap bubbles has affected us that they are no longer available."
The Ladies Rest's toilet area has run away cleaning.