'Great Port-a-Potty Cover-Up' at Trump Inauguration

'Don's Johns' covered up on portable toilets for inauguration
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 13, 2017 5:00 PM CST
A portable restroom, with the name “Don’s Johns” covered up, is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.   (Matthew Daly)
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(Newser) – It's the great port-a-potty cover-up for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Workers preparing for the inauguration Jan. 20 have taped over the name of the company—"Don's Johns"—that has long supplied portable restrooms for major outdoor events in the nation's capital. Virginia-based Don's Johns calls itself the Washington area's top provider of portable toilet rentals. But the name apparently strikes too close to home for inaugural organizers. Workers have placed blue tape over the company name on dozens of portable restrooms installed near the Capitol for the inauguration, the AP reports.

The company's name is clearly visible upon close inspection, but is blocked for a wide-angle view by a TV or still camera. The inauguration will take place on the west side of the Capitol facing the National Mall. Portable toilets set up on the east side, near Senate office buildings, do not have taped-over logos. Don's Johns says on its website that it has provided portable toilets for many large events in Washington, including the 2009 inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama. The company's logos were visible during that event. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the Presidential Inaugural Committee had no immediate comment Friday. (Read more portable toilet stories.)

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