Send in a SQUAT Team….

March 9, 2010


Blog Guy, you mentioned recently that when Americans travel abroad, the main thing we’re concerned about is whether the toilets will be suitable for our needs. I suspect you’re right. I’m going overseas on a trip with my friends, but I’m a little concerned about how to spot the facilities.

portajons 280I can help you. As you can see here, public Porta-Johns in other countries are often marked with a distinctive yellow POLISI, which I guess means GENTS.

Thanks, Blog Guy! See, that’s the kind of valuable travel information you just can’t get anywhere else. Um, the guy coming out of this toilet  seems to be heavily armed.

Yes, many countries have special police units guarding their Porta-Johns. In France, for instance, they’re called Johndarmes.

I had no idea! So if somebody tries to steal a roll of toilet paper?

They’ll call in a police SQUAT Team.

Wow! My friends will be SO impressed the first time we need a bathroom and I’m the only one who knows to march right up to the door of a POLISI and pull it open. Thanks, Blog Guy!

Bon Voyage, send me a postcard….

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Top: Anti-riot police block protesters outside the parliament building in Jakarta, March 2, 2010.

Bottom: A policeman shoots protesters using a paintball gun outside the parliament building in Jakarta, March 2, 2010.

REUTERS photos by Beawiharta

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The paintball marker being used there is a Tipmann A-5 which is supposed to be the paintball marker version of the MP5. I used that same marker when I first started playing paintball. Nice marker. Rugged, highly modifiable and easy on the budget. Ridiculously slow rate of fire due to it being mechanical rather than electronic. Good for beginners but not recommended for serious players who like to be up front and getting kills.

These days I run with an Invert Mini. Nice electronic piece that I can easily roll out 20 balls per second with. Fits my “spray-and-pray” style of play nicely. Figure in 5 seconds, 100 balls in the air, one of ’em is gonna hit in the vicinity of where I want to shoot.

That is not relevant to anything, I just felt like sharing.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Call for Johnny Law and the head detective.

Posted by T54 | Report as abusive

Riot police or public toilets, I can’t make my mind up… 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

I thought you didn’t accept post cards Baz. Hmmmm?

Lol’d at ‘Johndarmes’.



Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

Get real, E. You think this person is gonna survive long enough to send me a postcard?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I can’t get real. I’d go insane if I did that. My reality is the only thing keeping my going! I love my reality. It’s unique!



Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

Ah, Unca, so you have some experience with toilet paper theft and the ugly aftermath?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Somebody send a SWAT team for me…it’s after 8pm and I’m still at work.


And I took a 10% pay cut last week too.

:( :( :(


Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

E. that’s OUTRAGEOUS! Those fascists! Making you visit the blog at 8 p.m.! I’ve never heard of such a thing…..

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Trust me Baz, you’re the only thing keeping me from screaming and ripping my hair out.

Or was that a runway show I accidentally saw once?



Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

Anti flu medication; good for the tear gas. Er, so they say…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

I am, as of right now, cancelling my subscription to CNTraveller. Thanks a lot, Robert! what would business travel be without your advise?

BTW, I ROFL on that “johndarmes” bit! Classic!! especilly when living in french-speaking Swtizerland!

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

Ok ok… so the Gendarmes, Johndarms comment was fine… ok LOL…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

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