Beijingers Not Happy With 'Peeping' Bathroom Bots
It appears the war with the machines could kick off in Beijing's bathrooms. Restroom-goers in Tiantian Park are apparently none too thrilled with the installment of "voyeuristic" new bog roll dispensers in the loo.
Designed to thwart the capital's prolific toilet paper pilferers (aka people who take too much bathroom tissue), these bathroom bots reportedly scan your face a la Minority Report before meting out 60cm of paper if you "check out." According to reports, the system will deny the same person paper within ten minutes of their first scan,
before telling them they have "9 seconds to comply" and then blowing them away with high-caliber machine guns.
A Beijing bog roll bandit at work
Naturally, this has sparked outrage among citizens who aren't too crazy about the idea of cameras in the bathroom. “I am a bit uncomfortable about being watched in such places,” said one.
Not to mention that these machines have drastically increased bathroom wait times. Loo-users report that they often take a minute to scan faces and sometimes fail to dispense tissue at all -- which can be a bit awkward if you really have to "skip to the loo."
Fortunately, according to reports, this new bog-rollout is just a dry run (no pun intended). Unfortunately, it could last up to six months.