No food? What kind of toilet IS this?

August 6, 2007

Lovers of good food know you can find some of your best meals at little hole-in-the-wall places. But hole-in-the-FLOOR places, I don’t know.

It turns out, officials in Beijing are cracking down on food stalls that are attached to public toilets, in advance of next year’s Olympics. This makes me feel much better, because now I don’t be tempted to buy food from the person tending the toilet I’m standing in line to use, and I won’t have to learn the Chinese phrase for “eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww!!!!”

The fact that these toilet food stalls exist at all clearly means the concept of multi-tasking has been taken way, way too far. Here’s the story:

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A Beijing toilet attendant sells lottery tickets outside two mobile toilets in a 2000 file photo. REUTERS photo

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DUN DUN
DA-DUN DUN DUN DA
DUM DUM DA DUH
DAT-DA DUM DADA DUN TA DUH

Just gets me in that Olympic spirit.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Lends whole new meaning to the phrase, “You want fries with that?”

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Woah, fella! Quiet down in there! Squeezing out a Gold Medal or what? Whew!

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Dude! Now that you’ve LOST ten pound of angry step-mother, how’d you like to try to WIN with a lottery ticket? Only one hundred Yuan!

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Suddenly, that Tienenmen Square dude doesn’t seem nearly so brave.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

[thought bubble] My resume sucks. My resume sucks.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Those Yes Men! What pranksters.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

WWJKD

What Would Johnny Knoxville Do?

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Not exactly the China Blue we all know and love from Crimes of Passion.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Another place they shouldn’t mount a black box data recorder.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

My GOD! What did you eat? Oh. Right.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Somehow the concept of “eat as you go” became muddled in translation.

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

Charlene, I like it. I was thinking more along the lines of calling it “A Duck and a Dump,” but the marketing folks might not take to that right away…

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive