London's 'SatLav' Lets You Text For a Bathroom Location

If you've ever found yourself in London, unable to find a toilet and furiously hopping around to contain the yellow flood whose release feels imminent, I have good news: Westminster City Council, which covers London's bustling Oxford Street, the West End, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, on Thursday launched "SatLav" - a toilet-finding service for cell phone users. Tourists, theatergoers, shoppers and pub patrons in London's West End can now text the word "toilet" - and receive a text back with the address of the nearest public facility.

The system, which covers 40 public toilets, pinpoints the caller's position by measuring the strength of the phone signal. The texts cost about 50 cents, and most of Westminster's toilets are free. The council said it hopes the service will stop people from urinating in alleyways, saying some 10,000 gallons of urine ends up in Westminster streets each year. Companies such as Vindigo Inc. in the U.S. offers similar cell phone searches but SatLav is being touted as the first text-based toilet-finder in Britain. "It's the first fully managed service that we're aware of," British Toilet Association director Richard Chisnell said, praising the council. "Thank heavens for Westminster's public toilets."

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The council said it hopes the service will stop people from urinating in alleyways, saying some 10,000 gallons of urine ends up in Westminster streets each year.

omg, thats a lot of ****

Why can't you walk into any restaurant/coffee shop/bar/bus station/mall/corner store/etc. and ask to use theirs? Cities are full of buildings and in building there are people working, and where you find people working you find bathrooms...

^ good luck, when I was in Miami you had to eat there to use the washrooms, or stay at the hotel, lol
Many wud think they would just let u but they're uptight in some cities, thanfully they had beach washrooms tho

that's crazy tho! 10,000 gallons, oh my, well u gotta feed the rats someohow, c'mon! LOL

I live in Miami and I guess you are right. One time I was in the metro in need to use the restroom really really bad and they had a security guy guarding the restrooms (food court customers only). I had to tell him I would buy something as soon as I was done lol. Of course when I came out he wasnt there and I just left :D. That only happened once though. Ive used many restrooms without needing to buy anything.

The council said it hopes the service will stop people from urinating in alleyways, saying some 10,000 gallons of urine ends up in Westminster streets each year.

10,000 gallons of urine is better than 10,000 gallons of poopy laying in the back alley.

Magallanes said,
Or they can ban the sales of beer.

No. Not everyone is Muslim / doesn't drink. Besides, do you realise how much money the country makes from alcohol? A ****LOAD.

So the name of the system is incorrect then.

"pinpoints the caller's position by measuring the strength of the phone signal". This is done using the moble masts...correct?

Therefore, no satelites are used. Therefore, the pun on "SatNav" breaks completely.

Therefore, they should have called it "CrapNav"...

50 cents? Has London adopted the American currency now, or is the author just a little slow to realise that America doesn't yet own the entire planet?

well, it is an article from a US website which is probably aimed at a US audience which is why it says 'about' and uses cents. If it was an article aimed at a UK audience about the US it'd probably have the comparative value too.

Brodel said,
well, it is an article from a US website which is probably aimed at a US audience which is why it says 'about' and uses cents. If it was an article aimed at a UK audience about the US it'd probably have the comparative value too.

On, for example, the BBC News website it would be in the nations currency and then in brackets it would be in pounds and pence.

e.g. "...the cost would be $50'000'000 dollars (roughly £25'000'000)..."

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