Talking Toilets on Virgin Trains
By Nishi Jain On 4 Nov, 2013 At 05:53 PM | Categorized As Humour, International, Travel Tech | With 0 Comments
If you are on a Virgin Train, and you happen to use the washroom, be ready for some freaky potty training! As soon as you lock the door, you will hear a voice saying:

“Please don’t flush nappies, sanitary towels, paper towels, gum, old phones, unpaid bills, junk mail, your ex’s sweater, hopes, dreams or goldfish down this toilet.”

Tired of clogged loos, Virgin Trains has come up with a quirky solution. It has installed pre-recorded messages imparting instructions to passengers.

Now an unusable loo can be the biggest hassle on a journey, and the fact has been confirmed by surveys and passenger forums. A spokesman for the train service said:

“When lavatories get blocked it means trains have to be taken out of service. It is also a huge inconvenience to passengers especially on a long trip. We wanted to do something which would grab people’s attention and a talking toilet does get the message across.”

Well, it does. It’s Richard Branson after all. He sure knows how to get a point across. If he is in the picture, the picture cannot be dull. The man is known to come up with the most unconventional of solutions.

Our Take:

The prudent passenger might find it a leeeetle difficult to do his business while a voice (the silky smooth female voice) instructs him on what not to do in there.

But we so wish that these potty training voices be installed on public walls in India. Because it seems Indian men are blind to the written word. Or perhaps we can have CCTV cameras on the walls, and the footage can later be released on national TV. [ that'd be torture for viewers].

Nishi Jain

About - Nishi Jain spent some precious years of her life studying English literature, editing novels, and writing newspaper articles. Then one day, as she was sitting under a tree with no branches, a rotten pancake fell on her head from the window above and she had her Newtonian moment. From then on, all she does is eat pancakes, write, and profess fake love to pastry chefs.

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