I remember when you used a public toilet - if you absolutely had no other option - and afterwards turned on the tap - cold water only - to wash your hands - no soap - before drying them on a usually dirty pull-down towel thing.
How things have changed.
These days most hand-washing facilities are at least partly automated - although these are the worst ones. Hand dryers have long been automated and now lots of taps are, but who hasn't stood for ages with your hands under a soap dispenser waiting for it to proffer its goods before realising you have to press something first?
But I have to say peage service stations in France are up there with the best. (I'm even finally coming around to the idea of no toilet seats.)
Here's my round-up of the best on offer - even if you need a plumbing degree to work them.Now you'd see this tap and you'd think, "Those sticky out bits must be the taps." And you'd try and fail to get any water out of them but because you're vaguely waving your hands around the water begins to flow anyway from the main body of the thing.