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Automated toilet pooped

July 21, 2010
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TORONTO — The City of Toronto''s first automated public toilet was out of commission when the Sun stopped by Monday, two months since Mayor David Miller opened it amid much flushing fanfare, according to the Toronto Sun.
With neither the occupied or unoccupied light on, the locked water closet worth around $400,000 kept spitting out quarters and even a loonie dropped in its coin slot, the article noted.
According to the article, dropping a quarter into the unoccupied machine is supposed to open the sliding door and give users a place to have a pit stop for up to 20 minutes.
Kyp Perikleous, manager of the street furniture program for the city''s transportation services, said the system shut down on its own because of a problem with the toilet seat: "The retractor, the device that pulls the toilet seat into the back wall of the unit to sanitize it after each use, malfunctioned. With the retractor out of commission, the loo closed for business on its own."
Since its big grand opening, it has seen 3,500 uses, Perikleous said, though they can''t pinpoint how many people have actually used it because some families go in as a group.
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