Jul 29, 2008

No bids for Seattle's Self-cleaning Public Toilets

Seattle's $5 million experiment with self-cleaning public toilets was a disaster. So, Seattle Public Utilities decided to sell them off via eBay auction. They have already listed the five self-cleaning public toilets on eBay. But, to their back luck, the auction failed to generate the minimum bids of $89,000 needed to win the toilets.

Interestingly, the city has already spent about $5 million on maintenance of the toilets since they were acquired in 2004. The toilets were removed as they became havens for crime at Pike Place Market, the waterfront, Pioneer Square, the Chinatown International District and Capitol Hill. Despite the failure, Seattle Public Utilities will try to sell the German-made public toilets on eBay.


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