Feeling lonely? Talk to your toiletDecember 6th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning
After fighting your way through crowds of fellow passengers on the rush hour train on a Monday morning to use the toilet, you may feel a sudden pang of loneliness as you sit down.
However, Virgin Trains may have just introduced the solution – talking toilets.
You won’t be able to confide in the toilet or discuss your problems, as it will only be able to say one pre-recorded message: "Please don't flush nappies, sanitary towels, paper towels, gum, old phones, unpaid bills, junk mail, your ex's sweater, hopes, dreams or goldfish down this toilet."
A message advising somebody not to flush their ex’s sweater down the toilet probably won’t stop anybody intent on doing it, though.
Virgin Trains have introduced their talking toilets in response to the growing annoyance of passengers over blocked facilities. Once the user of the loo has closed and locked the door they will hear the pre-recorded message and hopefully decide against flushing their pet goldfish.
The talking toilets aren’t yet available on all Virgin Trains. Engineers have adapted the loos of 20 Voyager trains and work is underway on giving the gift of the gab to the toilets on all of Virgin’s 56 tilting Pendolino trains.
So, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of using a speaking toilet, fear not – you’ll soon get your chance.
A Virgin spokesperson said: “When lavatories get blocked it means trains have to be taken out of service. It is also a huge inconvenience to passengers, especially on a long trip.
"We wanted to do something that would grab people's attention – and a talking toilet does get the message across. They are being well received, but time will tell. We're trying to face a serious issue in a chummy, informal way."
Although the loos can only keep telling you not to flush unsavoury items down them, there is nothing stopping you from chatting away to them. After all, they can’t tell you to shut up, making them fantastic listeners.