All restaurants in the Hudson Valley, install it in your bathrooms now

I came across a public restroom with one of the smartest inventions I’ve ever seen.

Using a public bathroom isn’t ideal, especially if you’re a germaphobe like me. However, sometimes you cannot avoid it. Unfortunately, many restaurants in the Hudson Valley do not consider the design or layout of their bathroom. While it’s understandable that restaurateurs primarily focus on food and the dining experience, a poorly designed bathroom can really leave a bad impression.

Recently, I was blown away by a trip to the public restroom and it convinced me that all restaurants in the Hudson Valley really should follow this establishment’s lead. A simple piece of equipment installed in the bathroom has left such an impression on me that I am now a loyal customer for life.

I love this idea so much that I’m considering buying a few and giving them to some of my favorite restaurants as gifts.

One of the (many) annoying things about using a public restroom is having to navigate the bathroom door. I’m sure many of you have been in the awkward position of washing your hands, then turning to leave and realizing you’ll have to touch that ugly doorknob.

One option is to take an extra paper towel and use it as a glove, then lay it quietly on the floor as you leave. Unfortunately, more and more restaurants are switching to electric hand dryers, leaving you with the option of getting your hand dirty or clumsily using a sleeve or grabbing the bottom of your t-shirt to open the door.

Well, now there’s a better way.

Take a look at the simple invention that has been installed in my new favorite restaurant:

This is called the StepNpull. Screwed to the bottom of the door, this genius invention allows customers to use their foot to open the door without ever having to get their hands dirty.

I did some research and the item is available for just over $20 and is super easy to install. Why all the restaurants in the Hudson Valley don’t have one, I’ll never know. In fact, I love this idea so much that I’m considering buying a few and giving them to some of my favorite restaurants as gifts.

Not only does this innovation make leaving the bathroom a breeze, it will also pay for itself by saving paper towels. What do you think? Is this the best idea or what? Leave your comments below or on our Facebook page and maybe your enthusiasm will encourage more Hudson Valley restaurants to install StepNpull devices in their own washrooms.

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