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Beijing authorities are forcing desperate defecators to submit to a facial scan before receiving an allotment of toilet paper, sparking a debate over privacy, crowd control and the toxic qualities of Chinese loo roll. The city's crapper commissars have installed a phalanx of automated loo roll dispensers at Beijing’s biggest …

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six squares ?

No way that's enough to wipe my hairy ass !

Guess i'll have to stand in line twice then...

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Re: six squares ?

Guess i'll have to stand in line twice then...

What will you present to the face-scanner, second time around?

And even that works, you're up to a miserly twelve squares of communist loo roll. I think the Chinese authorities shouldn't be looking to expensive and fallible technology, but should take a hint from UK local authorities, who for many years avoided the problem by only offering Medicated Izal* that nobody would steal.

* For any international readers who may not have encountered it, Izal was (maybe still is) a quite unique product, wholly unsuitable for its supposed purpose, managing to combine contradictory properties of being both slippery and abrasive. As comfortable to use as sandpaper, and as effective at wiping as non-stick baking parchment.

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Re: communist loo roll?

What? Where "resources" are spread around evenly ? Yes. Izal can do that for you.

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Re: six squares ?

Ah, Izal!

As Ben Elton once said, "Hmmm, doesn't so much soak it up as sort of...smear it around! Before you know it it's all up your back and you're walking out with a fresh jobbie on your head!"

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IZAL

Wonderful waterproof splash guard over the water in the pan, though. Just don't put in more than 2 squares,

Can you still get it?

>>for our Aussie readers. Beware of 'ol redback!

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Re: IZAL

Looks like you just missed it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/IZAL-MEDICATED-STRONG-TOILET-TISSUE-x/dp/B00FRK2RCC

Description says no longer manufactured.

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Description says no longer manufactured.

The end of an era.

Thank $DEITY. It should have been banned under the Geneva Convention.

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Re: six squares ?

Ahhhhh good old tracing paper, one side to wipe the other to polish.... so the claim goes, more like a reverse helter-skelter that could cover any service guys yellow streak.

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Re: six squares ?

I think I need this for at home. 16yo dorter#2 uses about a roll a day. That can't be normal, can it?

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Ralph B, what do you feed her?

Anyway, a 16yo female may be the very definition of not normal. Don't worry too much though, that phase will pass. When she moves out. Good luck!

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Ahhh.... the old John Wayne toilet paper....

tough as sandpaper and won't take crap off nobody....

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Does our 14yo DORTER know your 16yo?

Are they comparing toilet paper for some kind of survey, or is it something they sell at school?

Maybe they sell it as dope to.... well dopes

Ours was caught just last week with three rolls in her school bag!

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Re: six squares ?

I think mine was under the impression that if she collected enough tokens, she could claim a free puppy.

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And I thought my 4 year old daughter was bad (she uses about a third over a day)

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just grab some paper towels. to hell with their plumbing. Wash your ass in the sink when you're done. More paper towels after.

and hope you don't have the runs from inadequate water supplies or tainted food...

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Re: six squares ?

You obviously don't have a daugher. If you do, she does not wear makeup.

Mine used lots and lots of ultra soft tissue to help removing the copious amounts of back she put around her eyes on a daily basis.

Then she grew out of it. Then 10 years later she started wearing it again. That was just after her now 'ex hubby' got caught in bed with her BFF. Now she wouldn't be seen dead outside without her war paint.

Anon for obvious reasons.

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Re: dorter#2

>That can't be normal, can it?

Perhaps she feels she has to live up to her nickname.

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Re: six squares ?

"I think mine was under the impression that if she collected enough tokens, she could claim a free puppy."

All that kitten soft, and puppy soft advertising around bog roll, its a bit of a puzzle, isn't it? How do they know what "kitten soft" feels like round the back? Whilst I wouldn't put it past the marketing people to actually try it, I'd have thought there's a slight problem of claws and teeth (and growling and yowling as they get wiped upon would probably be offputting). In fact, I'd imagine that using Izal is pretty similar to try to wipe your arse on a furry animal - shit everywhere and a badly bitten and scratched arse, along with a bowl full of soiled wiping material that won't flush away.

I suppose at least the Izal isn't going to make a break for freedom, and run off rubbing its payload all over the house. And you probably won't find the RSPCA prosecuting you for using Izal.

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@Ralph B

I think that might be common to women in general. I normally go through less than one roll per month. When a female friend visits for the evening I typically find at least a quarter of the roll has gone.

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Re: IZAL

AKA tracing paper

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Re: six squares ?

There was also a government version of Izal - supplied to loos in MoD and DoT establishments (and probably other ministries departments). Although identical to Izal, it didn't have the brand name, but each sheet was printed with the inspiring slogan "Property of HM Government".

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Re: six squares ?

fold the square into four, tear the folded corner and retain, unfold the square, put finger through the hole in the middle, wipe orifice with finger, use the square wit wipe off the finger... and the important bit... use the retained torn off corner to clean under the fingernail.

that's how I remember we were to maximise the use of the paltry few squares of Izal we got each in a 24 hour ration pack...

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What a crap idea.

The designers are on a roll now...

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El Reg typo?

"Beijing authorities are forcing desperate defectors to submit to a facial scan"

Surely that should be "desperate defecators" ?

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Surely that should be "desperate defecators" ?

And feacal scan?

I get my coat too

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TP is very expensive, ecologically damaging, and woefully ineffective on any post-Deuce assignments.

Go Roman -- natural sponges are reusable, exhilaratingly soft, and will leave you squeaky clean even if you have a asscrack like a sasquatch.

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Re: _"squeaky clean even if you have a asscrack like a sasquatch."

Mindbleach. NOW

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Just maybe remember to take your own sponge... Or at least don't get hold of the wrong end of the stick!

(coat please - the one with the etymological dictionary in the inside pocket, no sorry, the other inside pocket!)

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Sponges - that is the answer! Always found those bog brushes a little rough...

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Nah mate. Brillo pad on a stick for me.

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Three shells, maybe? Easily cleaned for the next user. Corncobs are only suitable for pit toilets (loos).

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Better than having none I guess

Having seen people follow city workers to remove all paper (towels and toilet) and plastic (trash and doggy bags), fill all emptied trash bins from public parks, toilets and other areas, I can understand the frustration the city has.

Of course being Canadian I never spoke out but I did witness a more recent Canadian walking their dog confront someone who was in the progress of removing all the Doggy Waste bags that had just been refilled. I only caught the first part of the conversation where the person responded they didn't speak English but the animated conversation that followed in Chinese wasn't too hard to figure out.

Didn't work, a week later I saw the same person filling the park trash bins and removing the plastic shopping bags someone had kindly stuffed into the emptied Doggy Waste bag holder, though that time the offender did look around more before returning to their BMW.

I'm thinking China is showing us our future, maybe if we cooperate we can get a higher allowance to accommodate our, how to say, our larger requirements.

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Re: Better than having none I guess

"the offender did look around more before returning to their BMW."

They are probably paying so much a month on a car they hope makes them look afluent they cannot afford to go to poundsavers and buy the bags.

I just hope they can afford the calories to make the effort to use the bags and put them in a bin.

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"the offender did look around more before returning to their BMW."

cheapskate. or 'third world mentality'. or the side-effect of being under communist rule...

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The Roman's Had It Right

A stick, a bit of sponge, and a friendly person who didn't mind helping you wipe your own arse.

Environmentally friendly AND sociable.

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TP != paper handkerchiefs

One place I worked it was common for people to take a whole roll of toilet paper to use as a substitute for paper handkerchiefs.

One day, when the stock in the toilet was very low, I mentioned to people that if ever I went for a crap and there was no paper because they'd nicked it all to blow their noses on, I'd be wiping my arse on their noses.

Seemed to do the trick. A few rolls magically reappeared in the toilet.

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Six squares is fine

The unfortunate people living in the US in the future will only get three seashells.

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Re: Six squares is fine

Come on though, you know you want to know how the three seashells works!

I know I do.

Anon because I should be working.

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Re: Six squares is fine

Three seashells and the solution.

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"we can’t help thinking one solution would be for the scanner to be installed in the cubicle itself"

Programmed to recognise me only when my face is red and the forehead vein is bulging.

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Potential clients

of this fine establishment should all shit in an envelope and post it off to whom ever signed off on this.

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Re: Potential clients

is that like Cash for Gold ?

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"some kind of retinal scan might be quicker"

I think you are approaching the problem from the wrong end. Scan the other end and you don't have to worry about hats, or sunglasses, ...

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Re: "some kind of retinal scan might be quicker"

Rectinal scan was that?

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“The cheap paper contains [...] fluorescent agents."

Make it phosphorescent instead and then save on light too :)

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An American visitor to London during WW II....

....complained about the rationing of (small) squares of bog paper, but the attendant told him all he needed was three: "One up, one down, one for polish."

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Re: An American visitor to London during WW II....

I believe the same thing was said to explain why Army 24 hour ration packs only contained three sheets (of the shiny Izal type). Whether that's enough for the effects of coming under fire several times a day I don't know...

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Re: An American visitor to London during WW II....

Nah, you only need one square.

Tear off one corner, about as big as your thumbnail, stick it on the end of your finger and use that to wipe.

The rest of the square is for cleaning your finger...

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Toilet Paper in chinese toilets?

When did they introduce this revolutionary idea?

Last time I was there, it was standard practice to carry your own toilet paper, personally I found carrying wipes was a more compact and clean solution (since they double to clean your hands if there was no wash basin)

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