'Inappropriate behaviour' forces closure of public self cleaning toilets in East Village

The pricey self-cleaning toilet located in Calgary's East Village. (BRENDAN MILLER/Special to QMI...

The pricey self-cleaning toilet located in Calgary's East Village. (BRENDAN MILLER/Special to QMI Agency)

Michael Platt, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:32 PM ET

Well, you can flush that theory down the toilet — if only the doors to these $250,000 public biffies weren’t locked.

And that’s the way a pair of high-tech, taxpayer-funded washrooms in the East Village will stay for the foreseeable future, other than for special occasions.

Blame “inappropriate behaviour.”

Despite promises that Calgary’s uber-expensive robotic toilets had the technology to keep any unsavoury bathroom shenanigans at bay (hence the Ferrari-like price for the heated, self-cleaning, self-policing johns), it appears they don’t deter.

“There were behaviours there that were not conducive to our vision for those public toilets — they’re not a bedroom, not a cot and not a shelter, they’re bathrooms,” said Susan Veres, spokeswoman for the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC).

“We’ve restricted use so that they’re available for events only.”

 


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