A McDonald's in the Netherlands has agreed to remove urinals that are shaped liked wide-open red lips.
The decision was taken after a shocked American customer complained to the McDonald's head office in the US. Owner Giel Pijper said the bright red, mouth-shaped urinals, named 'Kisses', are works of art. But a different view is taken of them in America. The urinals are being removed and will be sold off.
Virgin Airways was forced to scrap plans in 2004 to install two of the 'Kisses' at New York's John F. Kennedy airport after complaints they looked like women's mouths.
They are the work of Dutch woman Meike van Schijndel, designer at the Utrecht-based firm Bathroom Mania! Speaking to Expatica in 2004, she said the urinals were designed as a fun cartoon mouth and not as a woman's mouth.
She stressed that the idea her urinals represented a man peeing into a woman's mouth never occurred to her, nor to many men and women she had spoken to.
Degrading to women or toilet humour?