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4-Ply Angel Soft Toilet Tissue Controversy in L.A.

Jennifer Steinhauer reports in today's (5-8-09) NY Times on a dust-up in California's Riverside County government over differences in the quality of toilet paper provided for the county's 10 elected officials and their staffs and the rest of the county's 18,500 employees.

Two years ago the county supervisor, in response to county employee complaints about the one-ply toilet paper provided in the county's 340 buildings, switched to two-ply toilet paper. This move brought joy in johns in offices around the county until employees discovered that the ten elected officials and their staffs, totalling 100, were being treated to "Angel Soft" 4-ply toilet tissue. It was not long before whistleblowing led to a sense of "toilet tissue inequity" which pervaded the workforce, and a revolt against the decision of the Facilities Management Department, following a "texture test," to provide executives, their staffs and guests with Angel Soft, 4-ply tissue. The ten percent pay cut taken by county employees contributed to the furor over executive toilet tissue. The county spent $280,000 on toilet paper in 2008. This amounted to approximately $15 per employee.

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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Thanks for this one - a good laugh. But with a serious side too. It's really no different from business class travel for senior grades.

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nms 7 years ago from Cochin

LOL...good one

Bill H. 7 years ago

Is that in the category of wiping the slate clean?

Wiz 7 years ago

You got me!

Ralph Rawls 7 years ago

1. One-ply is counter economical anyway, since more layers are required.

2. Reminds me of our institution going the other direction a few years ago when brown paper towels were substituted for white at a purported large annual saving.

3. Are there any thoughts about the dis/advantages of cheap xerox and printer paper? What kind of printing paper does the executive suite use, anyway?

Ralph Rawls 7 years ago

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Governor Schwarzenegger hosts Border Governors Conference to showcase green technology August 15, 2008 - Green Building Economics and Falcon Waterfree urinals were topics of discussion between government leaders attending the 26th Annual Border Governors Conference. The event, hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, took place at Universal Studios Hollywood, August 13-15, 2008.

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Governor Schwarzenegger discusses the success and water conservation achieved by Falcon Waterfree urinals with James Krug, Chief Executive Officer of Falcon.

Falcon Waterfree urinals in the restroom of the Universal City Hilton, site of the 26th Annual Border Governors Conference.

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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Well heck they pay 3-400 dollars for a toilet...why not for tp? what makes their a@** any better then ours? :O) Hugs

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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Make everyone bring it from home, then!

Keep on Hubbing!

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

This cracks me up....let them use both sides. :) Thanks!

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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Funny yet a serious issue. Thanks for bringing this to our notice.

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mdawson17 7 years ago

Does not our government and state offices have more to work on than fuss about about 1 ply or 2 ply tissue! Hell we as the citizens should be the ones fussing we are the ones paying for it out of our tax dollars!!


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Sailaway 7 years ago from Australia

Just to be clear.... USA still calls herself a super power??? oh please!

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Honorebel 7 years ago from Southern California

LOL good old Riverside. I live here....sad sad place when it comes to the local city govt.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Sailaway, Well at least we have the softest 3-ply toilet paper.

Our local government in Detroit has it's problems too, but not with toilet paper so far as I know.

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