The other side of the argument goes something like this: The businesses are getting increased revenue because of all the people who party on Franklin Street, and along with the customers come people who just want to use the bathroom.
In short, it's selfish for restaurant owners to charge people for using their bathrooms when they're already getting more business than they normally do. They should just suck it up and realize that all the new bathroom users are just part of Halloween in Chapel Hill.
That argument might be valid if the merchants were charging for the use of their bathrooms just to make money. But I don't think they are.
Miami Subs charged noncustomers $2 to use the bathrooms.
Owner Arthur Dragoslis said his restaurant isn't that big, and he wanted to be able to serve the people who were customers. He said he only charged noncustomers for the use of the bathroom to discourage them from using it so that people who were buying food could use it.
"It wasn't for the money," Dragoslis said.
That certainly sounds fair to me.
Dragoslis went on to say that safety was his first concern on Halloween. There were two employees at the front and back doors, and customers were allowed to only go in through the front door and out through the back door so that they could control how many people were in the restaurant.
The only major problems Miami Subs had were with people who were drunk and set on going out the front door, he said.