In news that has sent shock waves through the local community, a public toilet in the suburb of Glebe had its hand towel dispenser refilled sometime over the weekend.
Jonathan Bridges used the public toilet at Foley Park in Glebe on Monday morning when he made the shock discovery. “To be honest, I walked in just praying that the hand dryer was working, it’s one of those old Saniflow ones from the 90s and is always buggering up,” he said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that someone had refilled the paper towels.”
Frank Richards from the Glebe Society Centre says the discovery has been a boon to the local community. “Look, focus groups have shown what a positive impact paper towels can be for the public. People don’t trust those old push button dryers and we can’t have people wiping their hands on their pants, it’s not something we should tolerate in 2015.
“We just hope that this discovery is a sign of more things to come.”
Unfortunately, the excitement didn’t last long, with towels running out only a few hours after the news spread. Still, Mr Bridges says he feels lucky to be a part of local history.
“The first thing I did when I saw it was run home and grab my eight-year-old, Michael. I just knew it’d be something he would remember for the rest of his life. I always think back to when my dad took me out to see Halley’s Comet when I was a kid, and I think this memory will hang around with Michael in the same way.”
Talk has now turned to when the next refill might happen. Mr Bridges thinks that scientifically dating the disposed towels might help identify a pattern.
“Luckily the waste bin in the toilet hasn’t been emptied for generations. I think they might have three or four different batches in there – it’s worth a try.”