|Published : 17 Apr 2017, 17:55:21|
Toilet paper thieves strike again
China's notorious toilet paper thieves struck again, stripping an urban public park in Chengdu city of 1,500 rolls in just one week, forcing authorities to consider installing facial recognition machines to beat the penny-pinching toilet paper bandits.
As part of efforts in the nationwide "toilet revolution" campaign, management at the People's Park in Chengdu, the thriving capital of China's Sichuan province, began providing free toilet paper in all its restrooms from April 8. However, authorities found that the first batch of 1,500 rolls of toilet paper was gone in just seven days, according to a global media report.
An official said that an investigation found that 30 restrooms were emptied of toilet paper in just one hour.
The toilet paper thieves may cost the park up to 100,000 yuan (or approximately $14,528) a year, an official in charge of the People's Park, said, adding that some tourists have even been caught dismantling toilets' pedal flush handles to "sell them for money."