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'Humiliated' Customer Sues Fast-Food Giant

Curtis Brooner got stuck in a Burger King bathroom

(Newser) - All Curtis Brooner wanted was to wash his hands—and says he got humiliation, an injury, and an hour in a stinky bathroom. Now the Portland man who claims he was stuck in a Burger King bathroom for over an hour in December is suing the fast food giant, KATU... More »

Consequence of the Shutdown: Poop Problems

Some parts of Yosemite have had to close down due to human feces, urine

(Newser) - When the government shut down on Dec. 22, Yosemite National Park remained open but its bathrooms did not. Tourists haven't stopped relieving themselves, apparently alongside the road, reports the Los Angeles Times . Now, two campgrounds, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and Hetch Hetchy have been shut down over... More »

Judge Sides With Transgender Teen in School Bathroom Case

Gavin Grimm wins after long legal battle

(Newser) - A federal judge in Virginia has sided with a transgender teen who claims a school board's bathroom policies discriminated against him, the AP reports. US District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen on Tuesday declined the Gloucester County School Board's request to dismiss the case. Allen found that federal... More »

Bathroom Hand Dryers Spew Pretty Nasty Thing

Poo bacteria gets 'aerosolized' in bathrooms: study author

(Newser) - Hand dryers are great environmentally friendly inventions, right? That's the word, but a new study by University of Connecticut scientists finds they spread fecal matter onto people's hands, CNET reports. "The more air ya move? The more bacteria stick," study author Peter Setlow tells Business Insider... More »

Fliers Have to 'Go Really Bad,' Plane Diverts Hundreds of Miles

NYC to Seattle flight lands in Montana so passengers can answer call of nature

(Newser) - We've all been there: Needing to "go really bad," without a toilet in sight. The situation got a little more uncomfortable for passengers on a typically 6-hour Delta flight from New York City to Seattle Saturday night, who were forced to make an unscheduled pit stop—or... More »

Ready, Aim ... No Urinals on New $12.9B Aircraft Carrier

Gerald R. Ford was developed without them

(Newser) - A $12.9 billion aircraft carrier probably doesn't lack much, but the brand new Gerald R. Ford comes without one thing: urinals. The Navy Times reports on the surprising first, which came about following the decision to make every "head" gender-neutral. That will reportedly make it easier for... More »

This Is the Best Public Restroom in America

Congrats, Minneapolis-St. Paul airport

(Newser) - It's not often you meet with a toilet so nice it's compared to a first-class seat. But that's exactly what travelers will encounter in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, home to the best public bathroom in the country, according to a survey by restroom supply company Cintas. The... More »

Tennis Players Threaten to Pee in a Can at Wimbledon

They really wanted a bathroom break

(Newser) - It’s now affectionately known as "pee-gate." Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Marcel Granollers of Spain were cited for unsportsmanlike behavior during a third-round match at Wimbledon on Monday after Cuevas was denied a bathroom break in the fifth set, reports the Telegraph . But that was only the... More »

Mid-Carjacking, Robber Demands Bathroom Break

Then kicks victim's granny out of the room

(Newser) - A robber pulled a gun on a man in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, then made off with his grandmother's car—but first, he demanded to use the guy's bathroom. Police say a resident was returning to the apartment he shares with his grandmother around 7am when a man... More »

US Poultry Workers Wear Diapers: Report

Denial of bathroom breaks a serious safety issue, affront to human dignity: Oxfam

(Newser) - On the Pilgrim's Pride website , "prioritize the team over yourself" is one of the poultry producer's core values. But in something out of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle , Bloomberg notes, an Oxfam America report suggests that "value" is really a humiliating issue for already marginalized workers... More »

Guy Follows Woman Into Bathroom Thinking She's a Guy

Jessica Rush was scared. Then she got mad

(Newser) - Jessica Rush was scared to see a man following her into a Texas hospital bathroom last Thursday. That's when she confronted him—and learned he thought she was a he, NBC Dallas/Forth Worth reports. "You didn't look like a girl when I saw you enter, I thought... More »

Princess Photographs, Doesn't Use Her $40K Bathroom

It was built for Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's visit to a Cambodian province

(Newser) - Most rural residents of Cambodia's Ratanakkiri province have no access to a toilet. So when Thailand's Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn chose to visit Yeak Lom Lake, officials were told to make her as comfortable as possible. Over 19 days, a Thai construction company built an 86-square-foot bathroom specifically... More »

5 Ways to, Well, Poop Better

First, get a footstool

(Newser) - It's a book that "caused something of a storm in its native Germany," writes Annalisa Barbieri for the Guardian . She's referring to Charming Bowels, a book whose name is not a metaphor (it's out next week in English under a different title). Guilia Enders, a... More »

US Ambassador Worked in Bathroom to Flout State Dept.

Scott Gration refused to use Nairobi embassy's IT, set up office in the can

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is under the microscope for conducting official State Department business from a personal email account . But she probably wasn't working out of her bathroom—unlike an ex-US ambassador to Kenya who did just that. Ars Technica resurfaces the 2012 story of Scott Gration, who balked at using... More »

Don't Make Eatery Staff Wash Up After Bathroom: Senator

NC's Thom Tillis says if restaurants are transparent about practice, no big deal

(Newser) - Thom Tillis may be doing more baby-kissing and less hand-shaking after he recently expounded on whether restaurant workers should have to wash their hands after using the bathroom and before they go back to handle food. The freshman senator made his stance known at yesterday's Bipartisan Policy Center event... More »

Ky. Bill Offers Reward for Spotting Trans Kids in 'Wrong' Bathroom

Would allow students to sue, win $2.5K

(Newser) - If a proposed measure somehow makes its way into law, students in Kentucky could see a $2,500 reward for finding transgendered people in a bathroom that doesn't match their assigned sex. The bill targets school officials who allow transgendered students to use their preferred bathrooms—as well as... More »

Meet the Germs in Your Local Public Restroom

Even shortly after it's cleaned

(Newser) - Warning: Some readers may find the following information disturbing ... or at least pretty gross. Researchers studying public restrooms found that just an hour after bathrooms were sterilized with bleach solution, they were once again packed with various microbes, NPR reports. In a study over the course of a few months,... More »

Almost All the Bathrooms in This Country Are 'Wrong'

Rick Paulas explains why

(Newser) - You have until tomorrow to vote on the winner of this year's " America's Best Restroom " contest, but Rick Paulas has news for you—nearly all of the bathrooms in America are complete failures. He runs down his reasoning at Pacific Standard :
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For Sale: Bathroom Made of Chocolate

Buyer advised not to eat it all at once

(Newser) - The wait is over, folks: You can finally eat your entire bathroom. British bathroom designers and chocolate makers have joined forces to build a sink, bathtub, and, yes, toilet out of chocolate, the New York Daily News reports. Altogether, the set will cost you about $133,000. But the real... More »

Boss: Keep Toilet Breaks Under 6 Minutes Per Day

Union: WaterSaver times bathroom visits, disciplines 'excessive use'

(Newser) - If you have to use the loo at Chicago's WaterSaver Faucet Company, you better do it in six minutes or fewer—per day. A local union says the factory has installed swipe card systems on its bathrooms to time potty breaks, slapping employees with disciplinary measures if they exceed... More »

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