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Forum Post: Suggestion for Bathroom Problems at protest sites.

Posted 3 years ago on Oct. 8, 2011, 6:44 p.m. EST by ka100 (2)
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I've been hearing that protestors are having some problems with bathroom access. I've also been hearing that a lot of local and nearby business are getting upset with protestors for breaking things in the bathrooms, leaving them messy, using the restroom without buying anything, etc. I know many people participating in the protests don't have money to buy things, and getting restrooms dirty will happen no matter what you do with people living in a park for weeks. So I had an Idea that might help that problem.

Talk with some of the local and nearby business owners and set up a sort of bathroom cooperative with them. In exchange for them providing one bathroom stall in their bathroom for protestors (have to save some stalls exclusively for paying customers), the protestors will agree to scrub clean the bathroom every evening during the store's closing. I think they would understand the protestors not being able to buy products. As long as there is no damage to the bathroom, I think that alleviates a lot of the store-owners' concerns. They are getting some benefit out of it (having their bathroom cleaned thoroughly each day for free), and their paying customers will still have access to restrooms (assigning only one bathroom stall to protestors while leaving the rest for paying customers).

If you do this at multiple locations, you will be able to supply protestors with adequate bathroom access while taking strain off of a single location. You can coordinate with store owners to signify to protestors which stores allow protestors to use their bathroom and what they allow (bathroom only, or showering in the sing + bathroom use) by signs on the front of the store

I've been reading that many of the locals are getting fed up with the protestors and we don't want that! We want their support and we want them to see the movement in a positive light. I think this might be a good Idea to help. Please share your thoughts with me!

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[-] 1 points by Fredone (234) 3 years ago

Also maybe look into what I think are called PET bags. They are bags with antimicrobial and anti smell gelling agent in them that can be used, then safely thrown away or transported away, although presumably people would be repelled by that and it would really corrode support for the organization so it should be used only in an emergency. People are stupid. Maybe protesters could carry them for the times they are kept without access to a bathroom.

[-] 1 points by ShitInBags (1) 3 years ago

Why don't you all hold bags for each other and you can shit in the bags and use them for pillows? It might help keep you warm for a little while you're freezing your asses off!

[-] 1 points by hotdoghenry (268) 3 years ago

Do you think with more govt you could get the porta potties? Or would less govt allow you get toe porta potties?

This is probably a bigger issue that requires further debate. After all, most of you guys are so full of shit!

[-] 1 points by ms3000 (253) 3 years ago

It is very expensive to satisfy the law so I figure no one has the resources to do it yet. The best thing George Soros can do is hire an attorney to apply for the permits and pay for the insurance, engineers reports, permits, toilets and potable water before people start getting sick. See Public Health Law requirements: http://www.health.state.ny.us/regulations/nycrr/title_10/part_7/subpart_7-4.htm#s749

[-] 1 points by Slam1263 (196) 3 years ago

Why aren't the "tens of thousands" of dollars that have been collected being used to remedy this mess?

They can rent portable showers, and toilets.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-nwo-just-owned-our-asses/

[-] 1 points by Fredone (234) 3 years ago

Is it not legal to get some porta potty type stuff over there? If it is not, recognize that this is one of the ways the 1% is pressuring you, and explain that to people.

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yes the business owners are in loooooove with you.

[-] 1 points by 2teadrinker (3) 3 years ago

It isn't the city's problem to provide bathrooms for a bunch of turds.

[-] 1 points by ms3000 (253) 3 years ago

What the organizers need is an attorney who will file an Article 78 Petition in Supreme Court against the City of New York requiring them to place portable bathrooms, clear water and basic sanitation. IMO the City now is on notice and they have a legal obligation to comply with the New York Public Health Law Section 225 subpart 7-.4. I have been trying to get in touch with the organizers on this page for days and get no response.

[-] 1 points by ka100 (2) 3 years ago

That's honestly even a better Idea. Maybe you should try talking direction to the city yourself? You seem to know a pretty good deal about the NY public health code. The front page claims this to be a leaderless resistance, so you may not ever get a response, unfortunately. Plus they're probably getting SWAMPED with emails.

[-] 1 points by Slam1263 (196) 3 years ago

No, Check out the forums, I have been asking for ANYONE connected with the general assembly to contact me. 9 hours and no response. Why, the general assembly is run out of a hotel in Nicaragua, and the US State Dept. has shut down their WATTS line.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-nwo-just-owned-our-asses/

[-] 1 points by ka100 (2) 3 years ago

Talking Directly**

[-] 1 points by ms3000 (253) 3 years ago

I have been volunteering on my own to get people out of jail and go to the court appearances next month for those with DAT's but I don't have enough of a background in civil litigation to bring the action properly; there must be a civil litigator who is willing to look at this issue and bring the case pro bono.

[-] 1 points by 2teadrinker (3) 3 years ago

The real problem is that the protestors will then complain that the "man" is making them clean the bathroom without paying them a six figure income!

[-] 1 points by GarnetMoon (424) 3 years ago

Great idea!