Toilet users at temple must use face recognition scanners to get paper

In an attempt to wipe out crime, the public bathrooms at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing have been equipped with sophisticated face recognition technology that will properly allocate a reasonable number of toilet paper squares to each visitor.

The tourist attraction is reportedly frequented by visitors who take large amounts of loo roll home. The machines, mounted at an average height for men and women, will not give a person more paper until nine minutes have passed.

An employee told the Legal Evening News that many visitors tried using some of the faulty machines after they were installed on Saturday, but were unable to receive any toilet paper.

Each toilet user can only get a piece of paper measuring 60 cm (24 inches) to 70 cm (28 inches) each time.

On Weibo, many netizens have mocked the system, adding that they don't think 60cm of paper would be enough for them. Such behaviour has placed a considerable financial burden on public toilet management.

Earlier this month, Chinese media reported that visitors to the Temple of Heaven park's toilets were taking excessive amounts of toilet paper, some of whom were seen stuffing their bags.

A popular park in China has installed facial scanners in a bid to cut down on toilet paper theft, according to local media reports. Attendants were on site over the weekend to explain how the machines worked to confused visitors. However, it is claimed, some people still lack paper use manners.

It seems that the dispensers have become an attraction in their own right as one cleaner revealed to the BBC: "In the past there were a lot of cases of people taking toilet paper, with these new machines a lot of people have come by to take a look".

"This is so ironic, the paper in public toilets is meant to serve all in society, now we have to use technology to regulate it", said another.

"The cheap paper in public toilet contains lots of toxic materials such as fluorescent agents".

  • Salvatore Jensen