In “evil bosses” news, a company has created a toilet that’s designed to be so uncomfortable that it prevents workers from taking long bathroom breaks. The StandardToilet is tilted at a 13-degree angle, so it causes leg strain after just five minutes of sitting.
The angle of the StandardToilet is “not enough to cause health issues,” founder Mahabir Gill told Wired. It’s just enough to feel like an extended squat. “Thirteen degrees is not too inconvenient, but you’d soon want to get off the seat quite quickly,” he explained. For what it’s worth, the toilet is approved by the British Toilet Association (BTA).
Mahabir was inspired to create the toilet by his own experiences as a boss. While working as a consulting engineer for 40 years, he sometimes found workers asleep on the toilet, and he was often annoyed by the long lines for public bathrooms.
But forcing people to flee from the bathroom after just a few minutes sounds rather draconian.
BREAKING NEWS: Say goodbye to comfort breaks! New downward-tilting toilets are designed to become unbearable to sit on after five minutes. They say the main benefit is to employees in improved employee productivity. pic.twitter.com/lfDbeXJdCX
— Dave Vescio (@DaveVescio) December 17, 2019
Employees sometimes use bathroom time to relax and escape from work, yes — but breaks are important, and in some workplaces, the bathroom is the only place where you can get one.
Needless to say, people have some THOUGHTS about this new toilet on social media.
One person said,
“Surely the raise in productivity will correspond with a raise in wages right? Ahahaha just kidding you just hate working people.”
Others came up with hilarious ways to fight the evil toilet.
— thisannoyedme (@thisannoyedme) December 17, 2019
Oh yeah, you can just do that!
actually no you just gotta sit on this reverse cowgirl https://t.co/TUokL53Plp
— giabuchi (@jaboukie) December 17, 2019
And last, but not least…
if you pack enough toilet paper on top of the seat you can fix the angle, plus then your company has to pay more for toilet paper. win/win
— chirping bird (@ChrpngBrd) December 17, 2019
This toilet is not yet available to purchase, but a patent application has been filed.
Here’s hoping nobody actually buys this completely evil contraption!
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