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All Men are Created Equal in Riverside, California, Toilets

Updated on September 25, 2013

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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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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      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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      Honorebel 8 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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      Sailaway 8 years ago from Australia

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

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      mdawson17 8 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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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

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

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

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

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Make everyone bring it from home, then!

      Keep on Hubbing!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 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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      Ralph Rawls 8 years ago

      Check out Falcon WaterFree urinals, and what Schwarzenegger thinks about them:

      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.

      High resolution photos:

      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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      Ralph Rawls 8 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?

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      Wiz 8 years ago

      You got me!

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      Bill H. 8 years ago

      Is that in the category of wiping the slate clean?

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      nms 8 years ago from Cochin

      LOL...good one

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      Dave McClure 8 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.