Posts tagged: London
We’ve all seen those Progressive commercials with the car insurance shoppers literally “shopping” for car insurance, and the gimmick always seems to be “name your price.” With a struggling economy, cost has become the primary means of competition among companies, although quality definitely remains a factor as well.
For one London restaurant, “name your price” has become a head turning idea.
Obviously, the U.K. is experiencing a slightly different economic situation than the United States. A recession is underway, and a “credit crisis” has affected everyone. The Little Bay restaurant has begun to make waves with its revolutionary pricing. Like Progressive Car Insurance, The Little Bay restaurant has adopted a “name your price” system.
Peter Ilic, the owner of four restaurants including The Little Bay, encourages his customers to evaluate the meal and service and to pay whatever they feel is appropriate.
Ilic boasts an increase in revenue because of customers’ payment methods. Many will overpay in an effort not to offend anyone nor to feel embarrassed.
Peter Ilic reiterated his theory as he stated, “It just seemed the right thing to do with everyone under the cash and feeling pretty miserable.”
Words that come to mind when thinking of London: quirky, red phone booths, strong accents, fish and chips, the phrase ‘bloody hell’, the cast of Harry Potter….and…o ya, and toilets.
Located on one of London’s most popular sight-seeing routes is a brand new public toilet; a ‘john’ that is both art exhibit and creepy rectangular container.
Staying true to it’s name, “Don’t Miss A Sec,” the exhibit uses unique one-way mirrored glass to allow the user a full view out to take in the sights and catch every beat of uptown London. “I think there’d be a twinge of not believing that people outside couldn’t see you,” said Jeff Boloten, British employee.
Many question Italian-born artist Monica Bonvicini’s work, including Boloten, saying that “Playing with the idea of the most private bodily function and having to sit on a street corner is just bizarre.”
How about that “Loo with a view?”
Would you use this somewhat ‘see-through’ toilet? Do you see it as true art?