NYC rationing toilet paper at Coney IslandHey, buddy, can you spare a square?
The city is so hard up for cash that it’s rationing toilet paper in women’s public restrooms -- to the point where bathroom attendants are doling out a few measly squares per patron -- along the world-famous Coney Island boardwalk.
Comments:The Post witnessed stone-faced Parks Department employees leave toilet-paper dispensers empty last week and instead force astonished female beachgoers to form "ration lines" in the bathrooms.
Regina Ballone, 25, of Brooklyn visited a boardwalk bathroom at West 16th Street Wednesday and was "grossed out" at the thought of someone else handling her toilet paper.
"Never in my life have I experienced anything like this," she said. "I walked toward a stall, and a bathroom attendant stopped me by shouting, ‘Hey, mami! There’s no toilet paper here,’ and she whipped out a big roll for me to grab some."
Beachgoers also have been forced to line up for their paltry allotment of the city’s cheap, single-ply toilet paper at the boardwalk’s other women’s restroom at Stillwell Avenue.
Benedikte Friis and Ann Damgaard, both 22, from Denmark, said they enjoyed visiting Coney Island last week -- except when it came to the bathrooms.
"It’s very weird that someone decides how much paper you get because they don’t know what situation you’re in," said Friis, 22, laughing in disbelief. "You might need more!"
Toilet-paper rationing isn’t an issue in the men’s rooms -- but only because they apparently don’t have any to ration. The toilet paper was gone whenever a The Post reporter went to inspect the men’s rooms.
The Parks Department refused to say how much it budgeted for toilet paper and other supplies, with a spokeswoman saying only, "Bathroom supplies are stocked daily, and our budget for these supplies is consistent.
"There’s no need to ration, and we’ll make certain our staff does not do so," added the rep, Meghan Lalor.
But bathroom attendants privately insisted that the department isn’t adequately stocking the boardwalk with enough bathroom supplies, which is why they are forced to ration what they have.
Dianna Carlin, owner of the Lola Star Boutique, said the bathrooms should be in better shape considering boardwalk merchants agreed to pay the city fees this summer to keep them open longer."I gave $1,000 but would’ve been better off buying $1,000 worth of toilet paper and dropping it off," she said.
- The (sic) can’t afford TP, but they can afford someone to hand it out.
- Just wait until we get universal health care, it will be priceless!
- This is Socialism at it’s best. Just another sign of the Hope and Change times. So how do all of you New Yorkers like Hope and Change now? Give Obama a second term, like you gave the Socialist, Bloomberg a third term, and you’ll all be waiting in line for toilet paper at the supermarkets. Boy oh boy, something to look forward to with Obama.
- It would be useful if they made special TP with Obama’s face on it - It would get more use!
- Ah, yes, the joy and prosperity of Obamanomics. Don’t worry though...the impending food shortages will soon negate the requirement to wipe.
- So let’s see...can’t afford toilet tissue for the women, but we somehow found $27 MILLION to start replacing all the street signs in NYC to lower-case letters, probably because the upper case ones seem to be "shouting" and we don’t want anyone’s feelings to be hurt.
- Take a look at Obamacare... if they can’t afford toilet paper what’s going to happen when 300 million people need health care. Access and procedures are going to be handed out like single ply sheets of toilet paper.
- The USSR used to do this back in the day. I remember watching the news stories of ration lines for everything from food to shoes. NYC has done good, comrades.
- And that shows how bad a shape we are in!!!
So, I did.
Sure enough, things got worse!