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A toilet flushes in Brooklyn

February 19, 2009
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BROOKLYN, NY — Plans are in the works for placing the borough''s first public toilet in Grand Army Plaza, according to The Brooklyn Paper.
The prospect of a 25-cent-per-use, self-cleaning toilet has fostered mixed feelings from residents who, if nothing else, applaud the positive efforts, the story stated.
Maria Grillo, a Brooklyn resident, said: "I think it’s wonderful, but I don’t know how long it will last. People will trash it."
The city claims maintenance will be a non-issue because it is the responsibility of Cemusa, a Spanish company that pays for the units and their maintenance by selling advertising on them, the story noted.
Many residents cheered the notion that a public auto-toilet may soon be near such attractions as the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum, the story added.
According to another Brooklyn resident, Joan Tobias, "As long as they keep it clean, I’m not against it. I’d be willing to pay even a one dollar fee, as long as it’s clean."
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