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Wiping out crime: face-scanners placed in public toilet to tackle loo roll theft

Wiping out crime: face-scanners placed in public toilet to tackle loo roll theft

Facial recognition software installed in Beijing convenience to crack down on people taking large amounts of toilet paper

Those in need of paper must stand in front of a high-definition camera for three seconds
Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

Benjamin Haas in Hong Kong

Monday 20 March 2017 15.15 AEDT Last modified on Tuesday 21 March 2017 11.05 AEDT

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/20/face-scanners-public-toilet-tackle-loo-roll-theft-china-beijing

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  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator

    Swipe right? 'Toilet paper' for smartphones trialled in Japanese airport bathrooms

    Sheets bear the message ‘welcome to Japan’ and contain information on Wi-Fi spots and other travel information

    ‘Toilet paper’ for smartphones has been introduced in toilets at Narita international airport in Japan. Photograph: NTT Docomo
    This article is 3 months old

    Justin McCurry in Tokyo

    Thursday 22 December 2016 16.39 AEDT Last modified on Wednesday 22 February 2017 04.06 AEDT

    Japan has taken its reputation for hygiene up another notch with the introduction of “toilet paper” for smartphones inside toilets at Narita international airport.

    In a new take on the meaning of public convenience, users are invited to pull off a piece of paper from a dispenser next to the regular toilet roll and give their phone screens a germ-busting polish.

    The smartphone sheets, which bear the message “welcome to Japan”, were installed in 86 cubicles at Narita’s arrivals hall this month, according to the Mainichi Shimbun.

    The telecoms company behind the service, NTT Docomo, said the option of an extra wipe would remain until next March.

    The introduction of the cleaning paper came in response to studies showing that smartphone screens typically house more germs than toilet seats. Surveys show that foreign visitors are universally impressed with the cleanliness and versatility of Japan’s public toilets.

    Toilets are serious business in Japan, where many public buildings are fitted with hi-tech washlets with heated seats and jets of warm water and air that the late restaurant critic AA Gill described as “strangely addictive”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/22/swipe-right-toilet-paper-for-smartphones-tested-out-in-japanese-airport-bathrooms

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Judging by the headlines, it seems this story was the butt of many jokes 
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  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    In Tibet one facility was attended by a wizened old man who provided a small amount of paper for 2 yuan prior to visitors entry.  Am unsure what procedure was if that was insufficient.  In another Chinese town there was so little in the hotel room we had to find staff to beg a couple of pieces from and suitcases had to be lugged up 3 flights of stone stairs.   I BYO'd a couple of rolls in my suitcase from Australia as suggested.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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