Bodegas and coffee shops throughout the (NYC) boroughs are notoriously known to refuse access to bathrooms and no matter how many Starbucks open up offering free access to their toilets, there are simply not enough public bathrooms for the needy masses.
Enter Airpnp, which is in no way associated with the popular home-swap site. The app gives users access to restrooms all over the city, be they in a private home or a business, all for a price.
Launched in New Orleans in 2014 after a ban on Porta Pottis made for a crappy Mardi Gras, Airpnp now helps New Yorkers access a toilet that would otherwise be inaccessible (sic) without the app.
Anyone can list their bathroom at a desired price per use. Current examples include “Bk Photo Studio” in Bed-Stuy with “2 ply toilet paper” for $5 or a $0 listing by Flatiron’s General Assembly for the “startup pooper.” 1
- Do you suppose people who offer the use of their facilities prep their medicine cabinets in special ways? For that matter, what about the rest of the house – it would almost be like having guests. Which is why I can’t see any women ever offering up their loos to this service. In fact….what type of person would offer this service? Waitwaitwait: don’t tell me, I don’t really want to know. ↩