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New Iberia business raising money for local organization in an unusual way

Paying to use the bathroom? Its for a good cause
Posted at 8:31 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 08:15:07-04

NEW IBERIA — Porta potties will be scattered throughout downtown New Iberia as the Sugarcane Festival opens up, but not everyone wants to use them.

One business on Main Street is preparing for the amount of people expected to show up.

Owner of 'A Spot for Tea' Dana Romero wants people to use his restrooms. He plans on charging people for the use of the restrooms, but he also plans to pay it forward.

"That's right, if you want a clean facility this is the place to come," Romero said.

They will be opening their bathrooms to the public, but there's a catch.

"You will provide a donation to use our facilities," Romero said.

It's his latest spin on a charity fundraiser. It will cost $1.00 for kids and $2.00 for adults to use the restrooms, then all proceeds will go to the Louisiana's Methodist Children's Home.

Currently the children's home houses 100 kids. Since 1902, the home has been providing "intensive, comprehensive, and holistic residential care" to kids and adolescents across Louisiana.

The children's homes are located in Sulphur, Ruston, and Mandeville, and the organization has a Life Skills Training Center in Lafayette.

"You're in need, and so are they. They're in desperate need, you're in desperate need...kind of comes together and makes you think about it. It makes you think about everyone's needs," Romero said.

Paying customers will be allowed to use the restroom without the donation, but are given the opportunity.