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John Johannes 2020-08-19
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Mask-wearing is mandatory in most settings nowadays, but it’s not *technically* the case in public toilets. Yet, you should probably wear one anyway. 

A group of researchers from Yangzhou University in China say flushing public toilets can release clouds of virus-laden aerosols for you to potentially inhale. And flushing urinals does the same, possibly even more violently. 

Previous studies have shown transmission of Covid-19 could occur through faeces, so it’s not great news that public toilets could be flinging germs up into the air – especially as some loos don’t even have seats you can put down.

What’s the solution to staying safe, then? “Wearing a mask should be mandatory within public restrooms during the pandemic, and anti-diffusion improvements are urgently needed to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” said study author Xiangdong Liu.

In June, Yangzhou University researchers said toilet flushing “creates a great deal of turbulence”, after computer modelling suggested droplets may be carried to a height of nearly three feet (0.9 metres) from the ground, where they might then be inhaled or settle on surfaces.

“One can foresee that the velocity will be even higher when a toilet is used frequently, such as in the case of a family toilet during a busy time or a public toilet serving a densely populated area,” said co-author Ji-Xiang Wang.

The study didn’t show the likeliness of catching coronavirus in this way. The most common form of transmission is still known to be droplets from coughs and sneezes – but it’s certainly food for thought.

A new piece of research from the same university, published in the journal Physics of Fluids, found flushing a urinal causes a spread of aerosol particles to be released. Researchers simulated and tracked these particles, and found the trajectory of them ejected by flushing a urinal “manifests an external spread type, with more than 57% of the particles traveling away from the urinal”. 

When men use urinals in a public toilet, these tiny particles can reach their thigh within 5.5 seconds when compared to the toilet flush, which takes 35 seconds to reach slightly higher, computer modelling showed.

Particles from urinals “show a more violent climbing tendency,” Liu said. “The climbing speed is much faster than toilet flushing.”

Whether people actually catch Covid-19 from public bathrooms remains to be seen. Dr Julian Tang, honorary associate professor in respiratory sciences at the University of Leicester, points out that urine is “actually sterile in otherwise healthy people – and very little or no SARS-CoV-2 is generally shed in urine”.

“It is the sample type in which SARS-CoV-2 is least commonly detected, so this should not be much of a risk,” he says.

Faecal-oral transmission may still be possible with this virus, he says, but it’s probably quite rare compared to other respiratory transmission routes. That said, “we still need to be aware and remain vigilant about this possibility,” he adds. “We know that the earlier SARS-CoV-1 was the cause of a large community outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003 from a leaking sewer pipe.”

Should you wear a face cover during a toilet pitstop, then? Absolutely, says Dr Bryan Bzdek, research fellow at Bristol Aerosol Research Centre, University of Bristol. “A face covering will help to reduce exposure to aerosols and droplets produced by toilet and urinal flushing,” he tells HuffPost UK. “In addition, you should always wash your hands after using the toilet. 

“The less time you spend in the public toilet, the lower your potential exposure, so also avoid lingering in the toilet whenever possible.”

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Edward Finlay 2017-03-20
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One of Beijing’s busiest public toilets is fighting the scourge of toilet paper theft through the use technology – giving out loo roll only to patrons who use a face scanner.

The automated facial recognition dispenser comes as a response to elderly residents removing large amounts of toilet paper for use at home.

Now, those in need of paper must stand in front of a high-definition camera for three seconds, after removing hats and glasses, before a 60cm ration is released.

Those who come too often will be denied, and everyone must wait nine minutes before they can use the machine again.

But there have already been reports of software malfunctions, forcing users to wait over a minute in some cases, a difficult situation for those in desperate need of a toilet.

The camera and its software have also raised privacy concerns, with some users on social media uneasy about a record of their bathroom use.

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Ryan Pak 2017-03-20
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It may sound like a bum idea, but a park in China is using facial-recognition technology to dole out short strips of toilet paper in a high-tech experiment to wipe out thieves.

All the TP in restrooms at the Temple Of Heaven Park in Beijing is now locked and dispensed by six machines that rely on facial-recognition software to make sure no one takes more than their share, according to The New York Times.

The machine only hands out about two feet of tissue ― a crappy amount, some would argue.

If that’s insufficient, you have to wait nine minutes to get more, according to TheVerge.com.

Some locals said they fear Chinese government officials will use data gleaned from the machines to flush out dissidents.

An official said the park is trying to make things easier by upgrading from one-ply to two-ply tissue, according to the BBC.

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Henry Lawrence 2016-11-19
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An organisation that calls itself the Great British Public Toilet Map GBPTM -- described as the UK's largest database of publicly accessible toilets -- has broken down the numbers and dropped a load of fat, juicy, public toilet-related nuggets of wisdom to mark World Toilet Day.

Did you know, for instance, that there are 10,738 publicly accessible toilets in the UK excluding Northern Ireland ?

One for every 17,354 of us.

According to the GBPTM, which looked at toilet provision in 381 council areas, 8,955 83% are council-run with the rest tucked away inside privately-owned properties.

Of this group of 1,783 loos, 42% sit inside train stations, and 16% are provided by supermarkets, with GBPTM singling out Tesco for particular praise.

It s not so pleased with Darlington, Flintshire, Melton, North Kesteven, Redditch and South Ribble councils though, which list just four public toilets each.

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Mary Condie 2019-05-03
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Attention criminally-minded plumbers: a fully golden toilet is about to arrive in the UK, where it'll be installed at Blenheim Palace.

But in a thrilling twist to societal norms, this is for our dirty proletarian bottoms to touch, not just for passing for royalty to hover over as a servant neatly folds sheets of toilet paper.

Maurizio Cattelan's golden toilet art piece previously spent a year on display – and in use – at the Guggenheim in New York, hence the US-style plumbing and troubling lack of a visible cistern.

There will be time limits in place to ensure people don't spend too long in there, sitting on it and feeling a bit like 1970s Elton John, with the Blenheim Art Foundation's Edward Spencer-Churchill saying: "We'd like people to enjoy their time in there without giving them too much time, if that makes sense."

The Guggenheim installation saw punters queue for around two hours in order to have a go on it, something you might like to bear in mind.

Don't go saving it all up and pooing yourself in the line.

collect
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Joseph Cormier 2016-11-19
img

An organisation that calls itself the Great British Public Toilet Map GBPTM -- described as the UK's largest database of publicly accessible toilets -- has broken down the numbers and dropped a load of fat, juicy, public toilet-related nuggets of wisdom to mark World Toilet Day.

Did you know, for instance, that there are 10,738 publicly accessible toilets in the UK excluding Northern Ireland ?

One for every 17,354 of us.

According to the GBPTM, which looked at toilet provision in 381 council areas, 8,955 83% are council-run with the rest tucked away inside privately-owned properties.

Of this group of 1,783 loos, 42% sit inside train stations, and 16% are provided by supermarkets, with GBPTM singling out Tesco for particular praise.

It s not so pleased with Darlington, Flintshire, Melton, North Kesteven, Redditch and South Ribble councils though, which list just four public toilets each.

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Reginald Carson 2016-12-26
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Sometimes, the only directions you need are to the nearest bathroom.

And now, Google is providing you with just that.

To address what CNBC describes as a nationwide problem of open defecation and urination, Google and the Indian government have embarked upon a new partnership to create a toilet locator app that takes users to the nearest public washroom.

Making its official debut late last week in the states of Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, the app is currently about as bare bones as it gets, offering only directions to the closest toilet.

But moving forward, it hopes to do even more, including informing users as to the cleanliness of the facilities, the style of toilet, and whether or not you ll have to pay when you get there.

More: Google Maps update for iOS brings some neat features for drivers

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Michael Smith 2019-01-27
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A woman has died after being left with serious had injuries after being attacked in a public toilet.

Police were called to the scene in Yelverton, Devon, at around 3.15pm on Friday following reports of a critically injured woman.

They found the victim, a woman in her 60s, with serious head injuries.

She was immediately taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and later passed away in the early hours of Sunday.

A 68-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested in connection to the assault.

He has since been released on police bail and is currently in the care of health professionals.

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Jim Evans 2016-07-13
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A New York architect offers up a unique solution to the ongoing bathroom bill debate in an animated video op-ed, which can be viewed above.

In Bathrooms By Size: How Architecture Can Solve Problems, Esther Sperber suggests that labeling restrooms by size, as opposed to gender, would eliminate the arguments favoring bathroom bills like North Carolina s House Bill 2, which effectively prohibit transgender people from using public facilities that correspond with the gender identity.

In the clip, Sperber explains why she believes that such categorizing would not only function better for those who don t fit into a traditional male/female gender binary, but also address other issues, like long lines at women s restrooms.

I like to think that good architecture can solve problems, Sperber, who is the founder of Studio ST Architects in New York, says in the video.

A number of U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., have taken steps toward implementing gender neutral restrooms in recent years.

Supporters have been quick to point to the lesser-known benefits of such measures.

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Steven Cusick 2018-01-26
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Plus old churches – and even school playing fields

Virgin Media has resorted to hiding in disused public toilets as Britain's demand for ever-fatter pipes to channel digital detritus into the home grows.

The Secret Bases website, which normally includes pictures and locations of sneaky-beaky British infrastructure operated by the security services, has now focused on some of Virgin's weirder and more obscure infrastructure locations – from former public toilets to converted churches.

"Up in Manchester, at the main lodge entrance to the huge Southern Cemetery on Barlow Moor Road, you can find data plant machinery piping broadband to customers from within former public toilets," wrote site author Alan Turnbull.

Thanks to a very obscure corner of Virgin Media's website detailing all of its local infrastructure sites, Turnbull was able to have a shufti at some of the weirder buildings that Virgin has taken over in its reverse-Bazalgettian mission.

Turnbull told The Register: "I have double-checked each one with the relevant local council's planning application portal."

collect
0
Marcel Carroll 2021-04-20
(Florida Atlantic University) Because COVID-19 has been detected in urine and stool samples, public restrooms can be cause for concern. Researchers measured droplets generated from flushing a toilet and a urinal in a public restroom and found a substantial increase in the measured aerosol levels in the ambient environment with the total number of droplets generated in each flushing test ranging up to the tens of thousands. Due to their small size, these droplets can remain suspended for a long time.
collect
0
James Manzo 2020-08-19
img
An initiative from the Nippon Foundation called The Tokyo Toilet Project has launch three of 17 planned public toilets in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, including two with a very unique design: transparent walls. People on the outside of the facilities can see within, showing off the toilets’ clean, bright interior. When someone claims a stall, however, the walls transform as if … Continue reading
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Gary Meyer 2017-03-04
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While just about everyone can agree that having restroom info right on Yelp’s massive legacy local business platform is a good thing, it does bring some tensions to the surface for the transgender tech community.

In an atmosphere of intense political polarization around the issue, figuring out a low-stress restroom contingency plan in public places can be a total nightmare for trans people.

For a company like Yelp, building bathroom data into a platform that already tracks things like Wi-Fi, bike parking and kid-friendliness wasn’t that difficult.

Still, it did require dedicated resources, pulling as many as a dozen people off of their existing tasks, ratcheting up the priority level and getting it done.

For Teagan, a software developer who founded Refuge Restrooms, a crowdsourced database of safe bathroom info, it mostly boils down to one question.

But yeah, they feel like a mainstream tech corp took a feature worked on by and for trans folks.

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Steven Condon 2016-12-25
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As part of a government effort to reduce public urination in India, Google is now mapping public toilets on smartphones.Users can find their nearest public toilet by typing in toilet or the Hindi word for toilet, swachh, into Google Maps on their smartphones, CNBC reports.There are more than 5,100 public toilets in Delhi alone, one of two cities where the feature was first rolled out on Thursday; the other is Madhya Pradesh.

The Google feature includes info like the style of toilet, the cleanliness rating and whether the toilet is free or paid.

When you search for public toilet on Google Maps in an area where the service is available, you ll see a list of restrooms near you, including the respective address and opening hours, Sanket Gupta, product manager Google Maps India, said at a launch event in Delhi, according to CNBC.The initiative is part of a government plan to improve sanitation and reduce urination and defecation in the streets, which is extremely common since more than half of India s 1.2 billion people do not have toilets at home and more than five million people in Delhi have to relieve themselves outside.This story originally appeared on Fortune.com.

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Frances Buoy 2017-03-21
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It may seem like an extreme solution for such a problem, but if you ever happen to be in Beijing in need of a handful of toilet paper when it really matters, you'll be thankful for it.

Beijing has a toilet-paper problem and it’s turning to facial recognition to tackle it.

Anyone visiting a restroom at the capital city’s Temple of Heaven Park will now have their face scanned by a machine in a bid to prevent locals stealing the paper for use at home, the NY Times reported.

Toilet-paper theft has apparently become a serious issue in the city, with some tourists alarmed to discover dispensers empty of paper just when they need it most.

The high-tech machine, one of several set up around the popular tourist site this week, works by first grabbing a scan of your face via a built-in camera.

Once it’s satisfied you’re not the same person who requested paper a moment earlier, it’ll dispense a strip of paper two feet long (about 60 cm).

collect
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Marshall Johnson 2018-05-03
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A man whose body was found behind the wall of a women’s public toilet in a Canadian shopping centre died accidentally, police have said.

The investigations unit of the Calgary Police said the man, in his 20s, was alone when he entered the women’s toilets at the Core Shopping Centre last Friday evening.

It is believed that once he was inside the bathroom, he climbed through a vent shaft, got stuck, and later died.

Police were called at about 9.30am on Monday to reports that a body had been found inside the wall of the fourth floor bathroom.

The body was discovered while staff at the centre were doing maintenance in the washroom.

Police said in a statement: “Once inside the washroom, it is believed that he [the victim] climbed on top of a pony wall which was directly behind the toilets and removed a vent cover, which was located on top of the wall.

collect
0
John Johannes 2020-08-19
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We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.

Mask-wearing is mandatory in most settings nowadays, but it’s not *technically* the case in public toilets. Yet, you should probably wear one anyway. 

A group of researchers from Yangzhou University in China say flushing public toilets can release clouds of virus-laden aerosols for you to potentially inhale. And flushing urinals does the same, possibly even more violently. 

Previous studies have shown transmission of Covid-19 could occur through faeces, so it’s not great news that public toilets could be flinging germs up into the air – especially as some loos don’t even have seats you can put down.

What’s the solution to staying safe, then? “Wearing a mask should be mandatory within public restrooms during the pandemic, and anti-diffusion improvements are urgently needed to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” said study author Xiangdong Liu.

In June, Yangzhou University researchers said toilet flushing “creates a great deal of turbulence”, after computer modelling suggested droplets may be carried to a height of nearly three feet (0.9 metres) from the ground, where they might then be inhaled or settle on surfaces.

“One can foresee that the velocity will be even higher when a toilet is used frequently, such as in the case of a family toilet during a busy time or a public toilet serving a densely populated area,” said co-author Ji-Xiang Wang.

The study didn’t show the likeliness of catching coronavirus in this way. The most common form of transmission is still known to be droplets from coughs and sneezes – but it’s certainly food for thought.

A new piece of research from the same university, published in the journal Physics of Fluids, found flushing a urinal causes a spread of aerosol particles to be released. Researchers simulated and tracked these particles, and found the trajectory of them ejected by flushing a urinal “manifests an external spread type, with more than 57% of the particles traveling away from the urinal”. 

When men use urinals in a public toilet, these tiny particles can reach their thigh within 5.5 seconds when compared to the toilet flush, which takes 35 seconds to reach slightly higher, computer modelling showed.

Particles from urinals “show a more violent climbing tendency,” Liu said. “The climbing speed is much faster than toilet flushing.”

Whether people actually catch Covid-19 from public bathrooms remains to be seen. Dr Julian Tang, honorary associate professor in respiratory sciences at the University of Leicester, points out that urine is “actually sterile in otherwise healthy people – and very little or no SARS-CoV-2 is generally shed in urine”.

“It is the sample type in which SARS-CoV-2 is least commonly detected, so this should not be much of a risk,” he says.

Faecal-oral transmission may still be possible with this virus, he says, but it’s probably quite rare compared to other respiratory transmission routes. That said, “we still need to be aware and remain vigilant about this possibility,” he adds. “We know that the earlier SARS-CoV-1 was the cause of a large community outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003 from a leaking sewer pipe.”

Should you wear a face cover during a toilet pitstop, then? Absolutely, says Dr Bryan Bzdek, research fellow at Bristol Aerosol Research Centre, University of Bristol. “A face covering will help to reduce exposure to aerosols and droplets produced by toilet and urinal flushing,” he tells HuffPost UK. “In addition, you should always wash your hands after using the toilet. 

“The less time you spend in the public toilet, the lower your potential exposure, so also avoid lingering in the toilet whenever possible.”

Ryan Pak 2017-03-20
img

It may sound like a bum idea, but a park in China is using facial-recognition technology to dole out short strips of toilet paper in a high-tech experiment to wipe out thieves.

All the TP in restrooms at the Temple Of Heaven Park in Beijing is now locked and dispensed by six machines that rely on facial-recognition software to make sure no one takes more than their share, according to The New York Times.

The machine only hands out about two feet of tissue ― a crappy amount, some would argue.

If that’s insufficient, you have to wait nine minutes to get more, according to TheVerge.com.

Some locals said they fear Chinese government officials will use data gleaned from the machines to flush out dissidents.

An official said the park is trying to make things easier by upgrading from one-ply to two-ply tissue, according to the BBC.

Mary Condie 2019-05-03
img

Attention criminally-minded plumbers: a fully golden toilet is about to arrive in the UK, where it'll be installed at Blenheim Palace.

But in a thrilling twist to societal norms, this is for our dirty proletarian bottoms to touch, not just for passing for royalty to hover over as a servant neatly folds sheets of toilet paper.

Maurizio Cattelan's golden toilet art piece previously spent a year on display – and in use – at the Guggenheim in New York, hence the US-style plumbing and troubling lack of a visible cistern.

There will be time limits in place to ensure people don't spend too long in there, sitting on it and feeling a bit like 1970s Elton John, with the Blenheim Art Foundation's Edward Spencer-Churchill saying: "We'd like people to enjoy their time in there without giving them too much time, if that makes sense."

The Guggenheim installation saw punters queue for around two hours in order to have a go on it, something you might like to bear in mind.

Don't go saving it all up and pooing yourself in the line.

Reginald Carson 2016-12-26
img

Sometimes, the only directions you need are to the nearest bathroom.

And now, Google is providing you with just that.

To address what CNBC describes as a nationwide problem of open defecation and urination, Google and the Indian government have embarked upon a new partnership to create a toilet locator app that takes users to the nearest public washroom.

Making its official debut late last week in the states of Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, the app is currently about as bare bones as it gets, offering only directions to the closest toilet.

But moving forward, it hopes to do even more, including informing users as to the cleanliness of the facilities, the style of toilet, and whether or not you ll have to pay when you get there.

More: Google Maps update for iOS brings some neat features for drivers

Jim Evans 2016-07-13
img

A New York architect offers up a unique solution to the ongoing bathroom bill debate in an animated video op-ed, which can be viewed above.

In Bathrooms By Size: How Architecture Can Solve Problems, Esther Sperber suggests that labeling restrooms by size, as opposed to gender, would eliminate the arguments favoring bathroom bills like North Carolina s House Bill 2, which effectively prohibit transgender people from using public facilities that correspond with the gender identity.

In the clip, Sperber explains why she believes that such categorizing would not only function better for those who don t fit into a traditional male/female gender binary, but also address other issues, like long lines at women s restrooms.

I like to think that good architecture can solve problems, Sperber, who is the founder of Studio ST Architects in New York, says in the video.

A number of U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., have taken steps toward implementing gender neutral restrooms in recent years.

Supporters have been quick to point to the lesser-known benefits of such measures.

Marcel Carroll 2021-04-20
(Florida Atlantic University) Because COVID-19 has been detected in urine and stool samples, public restrooms can be cause for concern. Researchers measured droplets generated from flushing a toilet and a urinal in a public restroom and found a substantial increase in the measured aerosol levels in the ambient environment with the total number of droplets generated in each flushing test ranging up to the tens of thousands. Due to their small size, these droplets can remain suspended for a long time.
Gary Meyer 2017-03-04
img

While just about everyone can agree that having restroom info right on Yelp’s massive legacy local business platform is a good thing, it does bring some tensions to the surface for the transgender tech community.

In an atmosphere of intense political polarization around the issue, figuring out a low-stress restroom contingency plan in public places can be a total nightmare for trans people.

For a company like Yelp, building bathroom data into a platform that already tracks things like Wi-Fi, bike parking and kid-friendliness wasn’t that difficult.

Still, it did require dedicated resources, pulling as many as a dozen people off of their existing tasks, ratcheting up the priority level and getting it done.

For Teagan, a software developer who founded Refuge Restrooms, a crowdsourced database of safe bathroom info, it mostly boils down to one question.

But yeah, they feel like a mainstream tech corp took a feature worked on by and for trans folks.

Frances Buoy 2017-03-21
img

It may seem like an extreme solution for such a problem, but if you ever happen to be in Beijing in need of a handful of toilet paper when it really matters, you'll be thankful for it.

Beijing has a toilet-paper problem and it’s turning to facial recognition to tackle it.

Anyone visiting a restroom at the capital city’s Temple of Heaven Park will now have their face scanned by a machine in a bid to prevent locals stealing the paper for use at home, the NY Times reported.

Toilet-paper theft has apparently become a serious issue in the city, with some tourists alarmed to discover dispensers empty of paper just when they need it most.

The high-tech machine, one of several set up around the popular tourist site this week, works by first grabbing a scan of your face via a built-in camera.

Once it’s satisfied you’re not the same person who requested paper a moment earlier, it’ll dispense a strip of paper two feet long (about 60 cm).

Edward Finlay 2017-03-20
img

One of Beijing’s busiest public toilets is fighting the scourge of toilet paper theft through the use technology – giving out loo roll only to patrons who use a face scanner.

The automated facial recognition dispenser comes as a response to elderly residents removing large amounts of toilet paper for use at home.

Now, those in need of paper must stand in front of a high-definition camera for three seconds, after removing hats and glasses, before a 60cm ration is released.

Those who come too often will be denied, and everyone must wait nine minutes before they can use the machine again.

But there have already been reports of software malfunctions, forcing users to wait over a minute in some cases, a difficult situation for those in desperate need of a toilet.

The camera and its software have also raised privacy concerns, with some users on social media uneasy about a record of their bathroom use.

Henry Lawrence 2016-11-19
img

An organisation that calls itself the Great British Public Toilet Map GBPTM -- described as the UK's largest database of publicly accessible toilets -- has broken down the numbers and dropped a load of fat, juicy, public toilet-related nuggets of wisdom to mark World Toilet Day.

Did you know, for instance, that there are 10,738 publicly accessible toilets in the UK excluding Northern Ireland ?

One for every 17,354 of us.

According to the GBPTM, which looked at toilet provision in 381 council areas, 8,955 83% are council-run with the rest tucked away inside privately-owned properties.

Of this group of 1,783 loos, 42% sit inside train stations, and 16% are provided by supermarkets, with GBPTM singling out Tesco for particular praise.

It s not so pleased with Darlington, Flintshire, Melton, North Kesteven, Redditch and South Ribble councils though, which list just four public toilets each.

Joseph Cormier 2016-11-19
img

An organisation that calls itself the Great British Public Toilet Map GBPTM -- described as the UK's largest database of publicly accessible toilets -- has broken down the numbers and dropped a load of fat, juicy, public toilet-related nuggets of wisdom to mark World Toilet Day.

Did you know, for instance, that there are 10,738 publicly accessible toilets in the UK excluding Northern Ireland ?

One for every 17,354 of us.

According to the GBPTM, which looked at toilet provision in 381 council areas, 8,955 83% are council-run with the rest tucked away inside privately-owned properties.

Of this group of 1,783 loos, 42% sit inside train stations, and 16% are provided by supermarkets, with GBPTM singling out Tesco for particular praise.

It s not so pleased with Darlington, Flintshire, Melton, North Kesteven, Redditch and South Ribble councils though, which list just four public toilets each.

Michael Smith 2019-01-27
img

A woman has died after being left with serious had injuries after being attacked in a public toilet.

Police were called to the scene in Yelverton, Devon, at around 3.15pm on Friday following reports of a critically injured woman.

They found the victim, a woman in her 60s, with serious head injuries.

She was immediately taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and later passed away in the early hours of Sunday.

A 68-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested in connection to the assault.

He has since been released on police bail and is currently in the care of health professionals.

Steven Cusick 2018-01-26
img

Plus old churches – and even school playing fields

Virgin Media has resorted to hiding in disused public toilets as Britain's demand for ever-fatter pipes to channel digital detritus into the home grows.

The Secret Bases website, which normally includes pictures and locations of sneaky-beaky British infrastructure operated by the security services, has now focused on some of Virgin's weirder and more obscure infrastructure locations – from former public toilets to converted churches.

"Up in Manchester, at the main lodge entrance to the huge Southern Cemetery on Barlow Moor Road, you can find data plant machinery piping broadband to customers from within former public toilets," wrote site author Alan Turnbull.

Thanks to a very obscure corner of Virgin Media's website detailing all of its local infrastructure sites, Turnbull was able to have a shufti at some of the weirder buildings that Virgin has taken over in its reverse-Bazalgettian mission.

Turnbull told The Register: "I have double-checked each one with the relevant local council's planning application portal."

James Manzo 2020-08-19
img
An initiative from the Nippon Foundation called The Tokyo Toilet Project has launch three of 17 planned public toilets in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, including two with a very unique design: transparent walls. People on the outside of the facilities can see within, showing off the toilets’ clean, bright interior. When someone claims a stall, however, the walls transform as if … Continue reading
Steven Condon 2016-12-25
img

As part of a government effort to reduce public urination in India, Google is now mapping public toilets on smartphones.Users can find their nearest public toilet by typing in toilet or the Hindi word for toilet, swachh, into Google Maps on their smartphones, CNBC reports.There are more than 5,100 public toilets in Delhi alone, one of two cities where the feature was first rolled out on Thursday; the other is Madhya Pradesh.

The Google feature includes info like the style of toilet, the cleanliness rating and whether the toilet is free or paid.

When you search for public toilet on Google Maps in an area where the service is available, you ll see a list of restrooms near you, including the respective address and opening hours, Sanket Gupta, product manager Google Maps India, said at a launch event in Delhi, according to CNBC.The initiative is part of a government plan to improve sanitation and reduce urination and defecation in the streets, which is extremely common since more than half of India s 1.2 billion people do not have toilets at home and more than five million people in Delhi have to relieve themselves outside.This story originally appeared on Fortune.com.

Marshall Johnson 2018-05-03
img

A man whose body was found behind the wall of a women’s public toilet in a Canadian shopping centre died accidentally, police have said.

The investigations unit of the Calgary Police said the man, in his 20s, was alone when he entered the women’s toilets at the Core Shopping Centre last Friday evening.

It is believed that once he was inside the bathroom, he climbed through a vent shaft, got stuck, and later died.

Police were called at about 9.30am on Monday to reports that a body had been found inside the wall of the fourth floor bathroom.

The body was discovered while staff at the centre were doing maintenance in the washroom.

Police said in a statement: “Once inside the washroom, it is believed that he [the victim] climbed on top of a pony wall which was directly behind the toilets and removed a vent cover, which was located on top of the wall.