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Australian tax dollars at work

By Sven in MLP
Sun Nov 04, 2001 at 04:39:39 AM EST
Tags: Culture (all tags)
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The Australian government has put together The National Public Toilet Map. As the name suggests, it is an interactive map of every public toilet in the country.


If you're having trouble seeing how this could be useful, never fear! The site provides a list of ways in which it can help:
  • Finding toilets in a locality
  • Identifying toilets with disability access
  • Finding the opening hours of toilets
  • Planning a trip or holiday by identifying suitable locations for a break
  • Planning a trip around town for social or business purposes
  • Improving the independence and quality of life for persons experiencing incontinence
That's right - next time you're planning a trip around town for social or business purposes, be sure to check the site beforehand for the locations of all public toilets. It will be sure to make your little outing a success.

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Australian tax dollars at work | 14 comments (14 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
You Aussies are lucky. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by Fubar the Clown on Sat Nov 03, 2001 at 09:37:24 PM EST

Here in New York City, our idea of a public toilet are the crappers in McDonald's and Burger King, where you have to buy an order of fries or a soda in order to get around the "Customers Only" policy.

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Coming soon from Megafarce Records: Antipop Superstar by Fubar the Clown

Worse in LA (4.00 / 1) (#2)
by M0dUluS on Sat Nov 03, 2001 at 10:20:22 PM EST

because due to the warm weather we have LOTS of people living on the streets. Now, combine warm weather, street people and an absence of toilets and what do you get? That's right, a bloody big public health problem. TB is on the rise very nicely and I've heard all sorts of great reports about tapeworms (guess who travels on public transport? Yup, poor people. Some of them work in the kitchens that prepare our undercooked taquitos and pupusas).


"[...]no American spin is involved at all. Is that such a stretch?" -On Lawn
[ Parent ]
Sounds like Mexico to me... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
by Fubar the Clown on Sat Nov 03, 2001 at 10:30:56 PM EST

Looks like I should avoid drinking the water if I ever have to visit LA for business reasons (I'd rather vacation in England). Then again, WTF would I eat over there?

If the bums present such a public health problem, why hasn't the city government done anything about it? Are they hoping that TB will kill off the poor?

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Coming soon from Megafarce Records: Antipop Superstar by Fubar the Clown
[ Parent ]

Well (4.50 / 2) (#6)
by M0dUluS on Sat Nov 03, 2001 at 10:51:04 PM EST

bcos it's such a large contiguous sprawl there are different councils for places like Santa Monica or Pasadena or Hollywood. They alll have different priorities and there are layers upon layers of bureaucracy. Santa Monica for example has been shafted as it had a policy of funding a mental and health clinic for homeless people. The result? homeless people flock there to prey on the tourists. So, there's a big battle between the ship 'em back to Hollywood crowd and the more humane council members. It'll probably end up with no-one taking responsibility until there is a huge public health disaster of some sort. Really, it's a disgusting city in places, has to be seen to be believed. Other parts are really nice of course, but overall it's a testimony to the failure of urban living (still we were beaten by Houston in the Dirtiest Air in the Nation finals last year, but I hear we may retake our proud place).

"[...]no American spin is involved at all. Is that such a stretch?" -On Lawn
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Hollywood? (none / 0) (#11)
by delmoi on Sun Nov 04, 2001 at 09:46:48 AM EST

So, there's a big battle between the ship 'em back to Hollywood crowd

I'm confused. All bums in orange county come from Hollywood? (orange county is where LA is, right?) How do they know where these bums come from anyway?
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"'argumentation' is not a word, idiot." -- thelizman
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Hazard Pay for programmers? (none / 0) (#12)
by Fubar the Clown on Sun Nov 04, 2001 at 10:47:06 AM EST

Sounds like I should ask for a hazardous duty bonus if my boss ever sends me to LA -- but if I did he'd probably give me a pink slip instead. I think I'll stick to New York or London if I need a taste of the urban world.

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Coming soon from Megafarce Records: Antipop Superstar by Fubar the Clown
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Feh. NYC *IS* a public toilet. -nt (3.00 / 2) (#7)
by Kasreyn on Sun Nov 04, 2001 at 01:38:13 AM EST

nt
"Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
We never asked to be born in the first place."

R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
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You must be thinking of Queens (2.00 / 1) (#13)
by Fubar the Clown on Sun Nov 04, 2001 at 10:51:16 AM EST

Manhattan used to be quite nice, before those rat bastard terrorists fragged the WTC.

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Coming soon from Megafarce Records: Antipop Superstar by Fubar the Clown
[ Parent ]

NYC Toilet Trick (5.00 / 1) (#9)
by Lode Runner on Sun Nov 04, 2001 at 02:25:16 AM EST

New York City has a fine collection of well-maintained, spacious, quiet, and free porcelain thrones. You can find them near hotel lobbies.

The vast majority of NYC's big hotels have crappers that you can come in off the street and use. The only catch is that you must look like someone who's staying in/dining in the hotel or is associated with a hotel guest. To appear as such you need to be clean-cut, reasonably well-dressed, and purposeful. Also, don't just wander in and look around for the toilets, go immediately to the reception desk and ask politely to be directed to "the restroom".

Oh, and they don't like backpackers... but, hey, other good things can happen to you too in The City if you don't look like a complete slob.



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Just wait... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by akharon on Sat Nov 03, 2001 at 10:24:56 PM EST

...until you get a government study detailing the mating habits of flies, or why pigs don't like green jello, or something idiotic like that. Only then will the Aussie gov't be able to scoot over for a seat on the seventh ring of hell.

Japanese animators at work! (2.20 / 5) (#5)
by M0dUluS on Sat Nov 03, 2001 at 10:38:01 PM EST

OK. I just had to share these wonderful examples of animated gifs. (Hey, it's relevatnt to the topic!):
First
Second
Third
Fourth
OK, so it's toilet humor, so sue me!

"[...]no American spin is involved at all. Is that such a stretch?" -On Lawn
What a great resource for Australian tourists! (5.00 / 1) (#8)
by ennui on Sun Nov 04, 2001 at 01:57:18 AM EST

Now I when I visit the land down under I won't have to decide betwen the inconvenience of a catheter and the potential embarrasment of public urination! Thanks Australia!

"You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone." -- Al Capone
Even better: (none / 0) (#14)
by odaiwai on Mon Nov 05, 2001 at 01:12:00 AM EST

This is a tremendous resource if you're travelling with a pregnant woman (or are pregnant yourself).
Seriously, every city should have something like this available tourists (or even locals).
dave "I left my heart in the crappers around King's Cross"
-- "They're chefs! Chefs with chainsaws!"
[ Parent ]
Wow (3.00 / 1) (#10)
by twodot72 on Sun Nov 04, 2001 at 04:03:20 AM EST

Not only do you have public toilets. There is also a way to find them. I'm impressed!

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