Toilet Paper goes High Tech!

China’s public-park restrooms have for years suffered toilet-paper theft by local residents who raid dispensers for their own homes (a cultural habit, wrote Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, expressing taxpayer feelings of “owning” public facilities), but the government recently fought back with technology. At Beijing’s popular Temple of Heaven park, dispensers now have facial-recognition scanners beside the six toilets, with pre-cut paper (about 24 inches long) issues only to users who pose for a picture. (Just one slug of paper can be dispensed to the same face in a 9 minute period, catastrophic for the diarrhea-stricken and requiting calling an attendant to override the machine.)