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10 August 2007 Blog Home : August 2007 : Permalink

Chinese Bansturbation

And here's something else for our fearless leaders to ban. According to Reuters (via Japundit) the Chinese are banning the slae of food and drink in public lavatories:

BEIJING (Reuters) - Food stalls attached to Beijing's public toilets will be removed in good time for next year's Olympics, state media said Saturday.

Complaints over toilets with poor sanitation and toilet operators turning them into commercial operations led to the ban, which comes into force in October.

"It is not proper to sell soft drinks or snacks right at the toilets," the Beijing News said, citing sources within the Beijing Municipal Administration Commission. [...]

Billboards near toilets will also be banned, Xinhua news agency said.

Now in Britain I don't see this as a problem because the continental idea of some old biddy keeping the loo clean and exorting small change from patrons in return is not common. But over here I can see this being a real winner. In fact it should be banned immediately before the ever resourceful Niçois come up with the idea of selling laxative laced Socca to people who need to relieve themselves. I could imagine the same trick working in other places.

"Oh look isn't that nice Honey, they give you a sweetie. That makes it worth the €1 they want to charge for the loos"

On the other hand I am mystified why billboards are being banned, unless it is because some people prefer to use the billboard to the actual toilet?