Let's say you're visiting the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and suddenly realize that you really have to go to the bathroom. The closest public toilets in the area are at the discount department store Century21...but the lines are out the door. What do you do? A new phone app which pairs up pee-ers in need with strangers' toilets may be the perfect solution.
The smart phone app, CLOO, is based on what we'd call a revolutionary idea: what if there were a social network for going to the bathroom? "CLOO' turns any private bathroom into a public bathroom accessible to your friends & friends of friends using your social media connections," the company explains on their website.
The program finds potential loo's through your friends on Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter. You then send a toilet request and the person decides whether or not to rent out their bathroom to you for a (small) fee. As long as no one steals your toilet, we think the idea sounds keen! Check out a demo of the program below:
CLOO' from Hillary Young on Vimeo.
So far, many people are skeptical about the idea, if not downright indignant at the mere suggestion: "Why would you want a complete stranger in your house? There are plenty of places to use the bathroom. Go to a restaurant, buy a cup of coffee, and use the bathroom there," Connecticut resident Amy Mass told the News. But we're just wondering if this is secretly the straight version of the gay hookup Grindr app we keep hearing is in the pipeline.