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China to fine sloppy pee-ers

The city of Shenzen plans to crack down on urinators who miss their mark – provoking online derision over how the rule will be enforced. The pee fine will apply to those who urinate outside the bowl of facilities in Shenzhen, the southern boom town neighbouring Hong Kong, although draft regulations seen by AFP did not specify a minimum quantity of spillage required to be classed as a violation.

Starbucks toilet coffee prompts anger in Hong Kong

A Starbucks cafe in Hong Kong's posh financial district which used water from a tap near a urinal to brew coffee prompted a torrent of angry reactions from customers Thursday. The coffee shop, in the famous Bank of China Tower, has been using the water from a tap in a toilet to make beverages since its opening in October 2011. Images from local newspaper Apple Daily showed the tap with a sign that said "Starbucks only" a few feet away from a urinal in the dingy washroom, which the paper said was in the building's carpark.

Chain pulled on flies in Chinese public toilets

Authorities in China are looking to wipe out dingy public toilets with proposed rules to limit the number of flies and flush away bad smells, Beijing said. Public toilets in China are generally badly maintained, particularly at public transport locations. But draft regulations released by the health ministry this week say no more than one fly per square metre will be allowed in toilets within buildings, while in free-standing facilities three flies per square metre are permitted.
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