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The mysterious case of the double toilet

The BBC (the BBC!) is reporting on a mysterious double toilet that has appeared in advance of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Materializing inside the Laura Cross Country Skiing and Biathlon Centre, this double toilet appears poised to humiliate and traumatize athletes from across the world (well, at least from the cold countries).

But seriously, what’s the deal with a double toilet in a brand new facility? All conspiracy theories aside, this is what we know:

1) Two toilets, no partition.

2) One toilet paper dispenser

3) What appear to be the remains of a partition between the two toilets.

Based on these this information it seems like the area was originally designed for one toilet (one TP dispenser). However, we can guess that toilet was never installed in the middle, as there is no evidence of moving a toilet. So it seems like somebody installed the first toilet on one side, and then had the brilliant idea of installing another in the remaining space. At first they put up a partition, but then realized the partition prevented the second toilet from accessing the TP. That’s where the insanity started. For whatever reason (no budget to buy one?) rather than install a second TP dispenser, they simply removed the partition allowing the second toilet access to the first dispenser (if you can call reaching across somebody else access).

Think I’ll stick to pooping at home thank you very much!

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1 G { 04.17.14 at 4:30 pm }

Your contact us email address doesn’t work, but I would love your input on this:

We are starting a business which will require 20 toilets based on occupancy. We have always felt that individual gender neutral bathrooms are the best and most efficient use of plumbing because it employs a single line and privacy. This means that urinals probably don’t work, because it will be confusing that there are 5 or so stalls that only one gender can use mixed in with 15 standard toilets.

Fine, but I have recently been informed that men do not bother to put a toilet seat “up” before they use a traditional toilet in a public setting. They don’t want to touch it, so there is likely more spray and a messier seat, which is problematic for the women that come behind.

Do you have any suggestions for how we can handle this? Do we put up signs requesting men to lift the seat? Do we try to reverse the trend and ask ladies to lift the seat as they exit in a “pay it forward” kind of way?

What are your thoughts?

2 D { 05.14.14 at 10:35 pm }

Hi ^above comment
maybe you should provide a soap or sanitary gel dispenser inside the cubicle, then anyone wanting to sit down would just have to wipe the seat with bit of soap and toilet paper and tada! instant clean toilet seat!

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