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Despite their benefits, the automatic self-cleaning pay toilets that are becoming more common as freestanding public restrooms in the U.S. can be abused. For example, drug dealers may take advantage of the privacy that these pay toilets accord. A standard public restroom has a steady flow of traffic, including police officers, who often deter criminal activity. That doesn't mean these pay toilets aren't usually safe and practical, but it is wise to be aware of potential problems as well.