[Ed. note: We aim to keep this place clean. Your aim helps too.]
An entrepreneur in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has unveiled a contraption designed to help those who miss the mark at a urinal: the ‘Pee Straight.’
The invention came in the wake of a new law known as the Shenzhen City Public Toilet Management Act, which allows sanitation managers and other officials to slap a $15 fine on those caught making a mess of municipal toilets while relieving themselves. The law also cracks down on anybody defacing, littering or smoking in public privies.
The Pee Straight is a simple contraption. A standard funnel affixed to what appears to be a 10-inch piece of tube pipe, the device comes in his and hers versions — hers has a shorter pipe — and is being marketed to those who have trouble with their aim.
At $1.65 per unit, it’s not likely to make the device’s inventor, Ma Xianqing, rich — he was quoted saying as much in local Shenzhen press. But he espoused the civic value of the Pee Straight and also listed its many benefits, including being able to protect a user’s privacy from peeping Toms who may lurk in restrooms.