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Another Olympic problem squat toilets
Yahoo/AP ^ | 3/19/08 | STEPHEN WADE

Posted on 03/19/2008 9:09:14 AM PDT by cowtowney

BEIJING - Among all the protests, pollution concerns and talk of boycotts surrounding the Beijing Olympics, a more basic problem has arisen for organizers: the toilets.

At the more than 30 test events held by organizers, the presence of squat toilets at many of the new and renovated venues has drawn frequent complaints.

"We have asked the venues to improve on this, to increase the number to sit-down toilets," Yao Hui, deputy director of venue management for the Beijing organizers, said Wednesday. "Many people have raised the question of toilets."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: 2008olympics; boycottolympics; china; freetibet; olympics; tibet; toilets
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Not just balance. Think about the older folks who have stiff hips. What are they supposed to do, “hold it”?


51 posted on 03/19/2008 10:03:40 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: pogo101
I realize noboy mentioned it before, so I´ll do the job:


52 posted on 03/19/2008 10:07:52 AM PDT by Michael81Dus
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To: pogo101

Not just balance. Think about the older folks who have stiff hips. What are they supposed to do, “hold it”.

Adult diapers perhaps?.....


53 posted on 03/19/2008 10:12:25 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: donna

I think you’re supposed to gather it up. But some of us are not so nimble anymore.


54 posted on 03/19/2008 10:14:21 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: reagan_fanatic

You end up on the back of a milk carton ...


55 posted on 03/19/2008 10:15:08 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: twigs; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson
That's why you never should walk along the base of the Great Wall...
56 posted on 03/19/2008 10:26:14 AM PDT by mikrofon (Ich bin ein Squatzpinkler)
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To: Ancesthntr
It's best to take your own. I think the lavatories at the Beijing airport had one large toilet paper dispenser outside of the stall, so you had to remember to take some before you went in. What I found amazing is they don't seem to want to flush the toilet paper, they throw it away instead. Hence, the otherwise modern and clean bathrooms smell a bit and they have to have a cleaning lady frequently enter the stalls and empty the waste paper baskets.
57 posted on 03/19/2008 10:26:44 AM PDT by stayathomemom
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To: BunnySlippers

Pantyhose!


58 posted on 03/19/2008 10:34:14 AM PDT by donna (Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Will Never Hurt Me)
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To: donna

Just another reason to stay away from that country.


59 posted on 03/19/2008 10:40:55 AM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: JenB

I don’t know where you went, but Japanese public toilets are notorious for being unmopped, and it’s a good idea to take those free packets of tissues advertising loan sharks and pachinko parlors because many toilets don’t provide paper.


60 posted on 03/19/2008 11:17:24 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares.")
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To: cowtowney

I think I’m convinced I don’t want to visit any third-world countries!


61 posted on 03/19/2008 11:18:30 AM PDT by susannah59
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To: twigs

I was also impressed that when there WERE public toilets, they often didn’t have doors. “There’s a big nose trying to take a dump in stall three. Let’s go look!”


62 posted on 03/19/2008 11:20:03 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares.")
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To: cowtowney

There will be a rude awakening for many Olympics attendees when they find out that China’s sanitary facilities do not follow the Western model!


63 posted on 03/19/2008 11:22:30 AM PDT by Palladin (Barack HUSSEIN , we know your game!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

AAHHH! The old “hole and a hose” of my nightmares is back!


64 posted on 03/19/2008 11:22:51 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares.")
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

OMG!!!

Remind me never to go to China!


65 posted on 03/19/2008 11:28:04 AM PDT by Palladin (Barack HUSSEIN , we know your game!)
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To: VanShuyten

Never encountered anything like that anywhere in Tokyo or Kyoto.


66 posted on 03/19/2008 11:28:18 AM PDT by JenB
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To: cowtowney
I hate these things. I have used one exactly once and it was because I was in a (two hour long) meeting in a building that had no other options. They were serving chai and they kept refilling my glass.

I hope I never have to do that again.

What are the Chinese thinking? I would have thought that their proposal would have covered things like this and that the Olympic Committee would have insisted on western toilets in their Statement of Work.

67 posted on 03/19/2008 11:28:45 AM PDT by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: susannah59

If I did, I would sure enough burn all my shoes before I went home!


68 posted on 03/19/2008 11:31:19 AM PDT by Palladin (Barack HUSSEIN , we know your game!)
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To: WakeUpAndVote
How big is the hole?

Looks something like this. Lovely, isn't it?


69 posted on 03/19/2008 11:34:45 AM PDT by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: GSWarrior

70 posted on 03/19/2008 11:37:24 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Allegra

Looks like someone had the Peking Duck too.


71 posted on 03/19/2008 11:38:08 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Pork, just bring the hot sauce!)
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To: Allegra

Iraqi toilet?


72 posted on 03/19/2008 11:43:51 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: stayathomemom
they have to have a cleaning lady frequently enter the stalls and empty the waste paper baskets

And I thought my job sucked.

73 posted on 03/19/2008 11:44:10 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (When hopelessness replaces hope, it opens the door to evil.)
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To: AppyPappy
Iraqi toilet?

Yep. I actually took the picture. LOL

74 posted on 03/19/2008 11:47:21 AM PDT by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: TexasRepublic

I’ve had worse


75 posted on 03/19/2008 11:48:47 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: VanShuyten; JenB
I don’t know where you went, but Japanese public toilets are notorious for being unmopped, and it’s a good idea to take those free packets of tissues advertising loan sharks and pachinko parlors because many toilets don’t provide paper.

Jen, Van beat me to it.

You obviously didn't hang out at the same sailor bars that I did if you're enthused about how clean Japanese public restrooms are. Ha!

If you've had a few your aim can go awry, even if standing up. Any sit-down business just had to wait if at all possible.

76 posted on 03/19/2008 12:20:34 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: cowtowney

1st time was at O Bs Tavern in Down Town Seoul.
Walked around one of three in the middle of a room and went out and asked my buddies.
Went back in and squatted and a lttle old lady about 70 came in and squatted next to me.
Welcome to Asia, Culture shock.
When I got back to Frisco I got on my hands and knees and kissed the ground and thanked GOD.


77 posted on 03/19/2008 12:26:34 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: cowtowney
Here's a picture of one I snapped at Simatai, near the Great Wall about 10 years ago. This one didn't even have foot treads to help you guide your aim:

Photobucket

78 posted on 03/19/2008 1:02:29 PM PDT by GnL
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To: GnL
Here's our $10 makeshift toilet when I was living in Albania. Notice the great flushing mechanism (the green bucket)! Photobucket
79 posted on 03/19/2008 1:30:20 PM PDT by Skenderbej
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To: Skenderbej

That’s very luxurious! Nice job. What these photos fail to convey is the horrid stench emitted by these toilet “facilities.” One has to have a serious case of the trots to force oneself into the immediate vicinity, let alone to “commence action.”


80 posted on 03/19/2008 1:36:20 PM PDT by GnL
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To: GnL

What else would 19 year-old boys do? We never used the public restrooms, and heaven knows there were times we needed to after eating at some of the locals’ homes! Still, we would squeeze a dime and wait till we could trot home. It’s hard to believe this was better than the public places, or even using the john in the homes.

I have to admit, this was the worse place I lived in while there, and it was at the beginning of my stay. Most of our apartments were pretty nice with Italian furniture and Spanish tile. Towards the end we had a few apartments with air conditioning! It’s amazing how much $300/mo. will do for you in a country like that.

Flusing with the bucket controlled the stench at home.


81 posted on 03/19/2008 1:45:52 PM PDT by Skenderbej
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To: Skenderbej
These lovely pictures bring back memories indeed. I think the worst was at a bar in Tokyo - unmopped floors were gross, smell was even worse. It was my first experience with this "technology", and the culture shock was considerable. It occurred to me at the time that the men's room was probably far worse . . .

I also experienced this while traveling in Czechoslovakia in the socialist era. I never saw this in private homes, but when we stopped along the "expressway", we found filthy squatters with no toilet paper or running water to be found. I'd had no idea these things existed in Czechoslovakia at that time. It was the last time we stopped along the road until after the freedoms had returned, along with a renewal of public facilities!

I am frankly surprised that the Chinese haven't done more in the way of upgrading to western style toilets for this event. This will come as a great shock to many visitors.

82 posted on 03/19/2008 2:19:55 PM PDT by Think free or die
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To: Abathar; donna
"Actually it is easier out in the woods sometimes..."

In reality, this is the only legitimate reason one should ever have for hugging a tree.

83 posted on 03/19/2008 2:24:09 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Ancesthntr
will it feel like Charmin or the NYT (which is, of course, far more suitable for the job, even if it doesn’t feel right)?

No, the NYT is already so full of $#!+ that it is completely useless to TP. It will leave more on you than it takes off.

84 posted on 03/19/2008 2:42:43 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: GSWarrior

Why is there a man behind him trying to grab his man-boobs?


85 posted on 03/19/2008 2:49:38 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: WakeUpAndVote
What if that Peking Duck comes back to haunt you and you are not thinking “solid thoughts”?

Then you probably wind up wearing it on your shoes............

86 posted on 03/19/2008 5:22:03 PM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: cowtowney; All
Engrish Bathroom Sign
87 posted on 03/19/2008 5:34:47 PM PDT by musicman
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

No reading material?


88 posted on 03/19/2008 6:38:29 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Duchess47; jahp; LilAngel; metmom; EggsAckley; Battle Axe; SweetCaroline; Grizzled Bear; ...
MADE IN CHINA POTTERY STAMP

(Please FReepmail me if you would like to be on or off of the list.)
89 posted on 03/19/2008 7:34:40 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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To: cowtowney

With all my trips to China — the toilets were always the hurdle.

The Soong sisters all went to Wellsley College and when they went back to China —— they had Western toilets put in their homes. You would think that after all this time, the country would have taken a hint.


90 posted on 03/19/2008 7:42:31 PM PDT by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Thanks for the pings, Jack.
At some point, likely sooner than later, China is going to wonder what in the hell they were thinking when they put forward the Olympics bid. So much attention on their totalitarian and brutal regime with bright lights shining the truth into their dark corners.
91 posted on 03/19/2008 7:43:07 PM PDT by vox_freedom (John 16:2 yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God)
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To: cowtowney

So what’s the problem? You go in, you squat, you get rid of your stuff...no problem.


92 posted on 03/19/2008 7:43:48 PM PDT by RichInOC (...William Frank Buckley, Jr., November 24, 1925-February 27, 2008, R.I.P.)
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To: RichInOC

“So what’s the problem? You go in, you squat, you get rid of your stuff...no problem.”

That doesn’t sound like much fun.

For most guys, it is a religious experience.


93 posted on 03/19/2008 8:07:16 PM PDT by cowtowney
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To: Allegra

I think that even Larry Craig would be repulsed.


94 posted on 03/19/2008 8:11:55 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: Tex Pete

eweeeeeeeeeee


95 posted on 03/19/2008 8:14:18 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer
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To: VRWCmember
No, the NYT is already so full of $#!+ that it is completely useless to TP. It will leave more on you than it takes off.

You've heard of John Wayne toilet paper, right?

It don't take sh!t off nobody!

96 posted on 03/19/2008 8:25:10 PM PDT by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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