UK town to install anti-sex public toilets that spray naughty users

UK town to install anti-sex public toilets that spray naughty users
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A Welsh town is planning on installing £170,000 (NZ$320,000) public toilets designed to prevent people from having sex inside them.

In a bid to crack down on vandals, drug users, homeless people and public sexual activity, the seaside town of Porthcawl's new facilities will include weight-sensitive floors to ensure only one user enters at a time.

If someone's in the toilet for too long, a warning message will begin to play, and lights and heat will switch off.

Movement sensors inside the toilets will also respond to "violent" activity, opening the door while triggering alarms and water jets that spray the people inside.

"Rebuilding the public toilets is an important element of Porthcawl Town Council's ambition to ensure that Porthcawl is a great place to live, work and to visit," Town council member Mike Clarke told WalesOnline.

However the plan has been described as "absolutely terrifying" by some members of the community.

"I'm a disabled person who falls a lot and occasionally needs assistance," one person commented on Twitter.

"Am I going to have to need to start looking up whether I'll be able to use public conveniences without violent and humiliating consequence, because of moral panic?"

Others questioned whether the weight sensors would inadvertently be set off by the obese.

"When is an overweight person considered two persons? And what if you're chronically ill like myself and need more time than what is 'normal'?" another said.

The existing facilities are due to close in October, according to media reports.

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