It’s George Costanza’s ultimate fantasy: never be without a decent bathroom. But this has an Airbnb twist.
If you’ve heard of Airbnb, the Airpnp concept might sound familiar. Yes, we’re talking about renting out bathroom toilets. Because like Airbnb is a helpful alternative when hotels are all booked up, sometimes the search for a bathroom can be, well, way more urgent. And since we’re not dogs, peeing (or pooping!) on the street will land you with a hefty fine and a sex offender label in some cities (for indecent exposure). Plus, you know–a shortage of good reading material out there on the curb.
So, yes, we really have to be prudent about where we pee. And if you’ve ever been tempted to knock on a stranger’s door and ask to use the WC, you know what a relief this type of service can be. After all, we can sleep in stranger’s homes now via Airbnb, or have a nice meal there via EatWith, so why not stop in for a quick tinkle?
The Airpnp service is using a mobile optimized web app that was put to the test during Mardis Gras in New Orleans. “There are currently a handful of toilets listed on the site spanning a range of prices — some bathrooms are free, while urinating at a hotel bathroom where “Tom Cruise, Nicholas Cage, Frank Sinatra, and Walt Disney have all peed” requires a payment of $10,” explained The Next Web.
But don’t get too excited. At the time of publishing, there were only two spots in the Los Angeles area on the map. So you probably still want to keep that empty jug in your car, just in case.
Would you let a stranger use your bathroom? Would you use theirs?
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