China using Face Recognition Software to Fight Toilet paper Theft
As the whole world is progressing, so are recent technologies. Biometric authentication is also progressing from phones to laptops and onward to… public bathrooms this days. In Beijing, Chinese authorities are now fighting a toilet paper stealing epidemic by locking the supplies of the toilet paper away behind a dispenser powered by facial recognition software following a report from The New York Times.
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The outrageous method ensures that the public bathroom at the Temple of Heaven Park dispenses only a small amount of paper at about two feet in length in approximation for each person once every nine minutes, following a prior face scan to store the identity of the user. This new development marks the first time in a decade the park has taken such drastic measures to reduce its chronic toilet paper theft.
Naturally, this new change has left some residents quite upset. It’s apparently common for some people in China to use public facilities as an opportunity to stock up on free supplies like hand soap, paper towels, and toilet paper.
According to The New York Times, some facilities in Chinese cities especially in Shanghai decline to provide any toilet paper whatsoever for this reason, while others may provide only a common roll for everyone to use.
But it’s not just the free toilet paper crackdown that has got some residents so upset. No, their reason of been upset is the amount of toilet paper being dispensed, or rather the absense thereof. A retired mall manager Wang Jianquan told the paper, “The sheets are too short”. The devices that dispense the paper cost $750, the report says, and may start been seen regularly throughout the entire park if the initial test run to reduce theft proves very effective.