Welsh Seaside Town Installs £170,000 'Anti-Sex' Toilets
A town in Wales is installing some fancy new public bogs, which you'd think wouldn't be particularly interesting news for a Monday morning - but you'd be wrong, as these loos will come with a bit of a twist.
The new public toilets in the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl will not only self-clean, which is pretty impressive in itself, but will also be anti-sex loos.
That's right, Porthcawl Town Council isn't taking any chances with the swanky new £170,000 toilets, meaning they will include room sensors, water jets, alarms and various other measures to deter any amorous activity.
According to the planning documents, they will feature a range of security features, including weight sensitive floors to ensure there is only one user in there at a time - which safeguards against vandalism or inappropriate sexual activity.
Any suspicious movement will activate a water jet to soak whoever's inside the cubicle, while automatically opening doors and sounding an alarm.
The plans also outline how people will be able to use the cubicles for a set amount of time - in turn deterring rough sleepers - while dousing equipment is to be installed to prevent smoking and drug taking, and surfaces would be graffiti-resistant.
The planning documents state: "Every effort has been made to make ensure that the new toilet facility will enhance this location and be safe for the community at all times."
Town councillor Mike Clarke told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: "Rebuilding the public toilets is an important element of Porthcawl Town Council's ambition to ensure that Porthcawl is a great place to live, work and to visit."
The public will have to pay to use the loos, but Porthcawl Town Council is yet to confirm how much will be charged.
Each night the toilets would close for 10 minutes while the unit undergoes an automatic deep clean process.
While many people find the idea pretty funny, some people have expressed concern with the proposed toilets - asking if deterrants will be triggered for people with children or carers, or for people over a certain weight bracket.
One person tweeted: "I have twin toddlers that need assistance in the bathroom. Would these new Porthcawl bathrooms mean we might get sprayed or have an alarm go off? Someone didn't think this through completely..."
Another person said: "Given my current weight, I don't think I'll be going near this."
The town's existing toilet facilities have outlived their lifespan, the town council said, and are due to close in October while the demolition and construction for the new loos take place.
Don't worry, though - if you're in Porthcawl in need of a wee, temporary toilets will be provided nearby.
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