Back when I was a kid– you held it. Had to go poo, wait till you get home! Pull over by the side of the road. Wait till the train stops and pray there isn’t some freak in the restroom or that there’s enough toilet paper.
But now there’s an app for that!? Download CLOO, kids. Why would I let some relative stranger take dump in my bathroom. I don’t care if you’re married to the sister of the guy whose cousin was my in Cub Scout den. I’m not comfortable with “vetting” that Facebook, Twitter, or Foursquare provides.
In their words your own social network provides, “a dimension of security and comfort”. Sure it does. You can’t really know anybody online– so why the hell would you let them into your home to use the toilet!?
But the geniuses behind CLOO tell us in their demo video that you can accept payment for the strangers’ “deposits”. And that if they had a good experience they will give your toilet hospitality services a positive rating.
Who can I see using this?
- Lonely old men, seeking to kidnap people- saves them time from having to leave their homes
- People with secret webcams who are into that kind of thing
- Stalkers who want to get into someone’s home.
- Thieves wanting to stake out a place
I’ll admit its not the worst idea in the world. I’ve paid for a bathroom before. I payed to use a public restroom in Venice, Italy. You know why? Because there are millions of tourists checking out their monuments and it helped to keep those damn toilets clean and stocked with comfy toilet paper. There you go government in action!
But to link up your need to relive yourself with social networking is an epic fail. I have questions:
Will you have any recourse after a stranger, compromises the integrity of your bathroom, after paying for the privilege?
Can you hike the price during rush hour?
Will a bad rating as a host or guest result in some sort of ostracizing or unwanted notoriety on Twitter and Facebook?