In China's toiles CCTVs are installed to stop toilet paper stealing

Toilets In China Install Cameras To Stop Toilet Paper Theft

Last weekend, an employee was stationed at the toilets to explain and guide bewildered visitors on the use of the machines, which had been installed on Saturday.

Visitors have to take off their sunglasses and stare into a screen for 3 seconds before the machine spits out a snip of paper about 2 feet (a little over half a meter) long.

A total of six facial recognition machines were installed in some of the park's restrooms on Saturday, Straits Times reports. The machine dispenses paper of a certain length but to get more, users have to wait to use the scanner again.

However, the new toilet dispensers have already drawn complaints that they don't work.

"If we encounter guests who have diarrhea or any other situation in which they urgently require toilet paper, then our staff on the ground will directly provide the toilet paper", a park spokesman said, according to the BBC.

There is a silver lining of sorts... as part of the experiment, the park upgraded from one-ply to two-ply.

The machines are installed in three public toilets so far.

Although the machines only started operating in the past few days, daily consumption of toilet paper at the park's toilets has been reduced to a fifth of the original amount, according to hk01.com. Meanwhile, workers are on hand at each restroom to instruct visitors on how to properly use the machine.

It has put up posters as well as broadcast messages on its public announcement system exhorting visitors to use less paper.

The device's software remembers recent faces, and if the same a person reappears within a certain period, it refuses to activate the automatic roller. However, it is claimed, some people still lack paper use manners.

Residents were asked to take a pledge to "take appropriate amounts of toilet paper with no wastage" from public parks.

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