- Title: FRANCE: TOILET THAT LOCKS USERS INSIDE UNTIL THEY WASH THEIR HANDS
- Date: 9th January 1998
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 9, 1997) (RTV) 1. SLV EXTERIOR KALIFRAIS FOOD FACTORY 0.04 2. MV WORKERS IN FOOD BOTTLING SECTION OF FACTORY WORKER LABELING JARS (2 SHOTS) 0.18 3. SLV TOILET DOORS ; JACQUES ROBAEY WALKING OUT OF TOILET AND EXPLAINS HOW HE MUST WASH HIS HANDS BEFORE WASHROOM DOOR OPENS "WHEN THE PERSON LEAVES THE TOILET, THE DOOR IS LOCKED AND THE PERSON HAS TO WASH HIS HANDS. AFTER 10 SECONDS , A RED LIGHT SWITCHS ON ,THE DOOR UNLOCKS AND THE PERSON CAN LEAVE THE TOILET". (FRENCH) ROBAEY WASHES HIS HANDS AND OPENS DOOR. 0.51 4. CU SIGN ON DOOR EXPLAINING HANDS MUST BE WASHED BEFORE DOOR WILL OPEN 0.55 5. SCU ROBAEY SAYING "AFTER SEEING A TELEVISION REPORT THAT REVEALED A DISH OF PEANUTS PUT OUT BY STAFF IN A PARIS BAR CONTAINED TRACES OF URINE FROM PATRONS, I SET ABOUT BUILDING A HYGIENIC WATER CLOSET". (FRENCH) 1.16 6. CLOSE UP WORKERS HANDS IN FACTORY 1.23 7. SCU ROBAEY SAYING "IN THE MEDIA, A JOURNALIST CALLED ME THE LEONARDO DE VINCI OF THE LOO. IT'S A BIT EXCESSIVE, I'M ONLY THE TILER WHO TEACHES PEOPLE HOW TO WASH THEIR HANDS" (FRENCH) 1.40 8. MV WORKERS IN FOOD FACTORY (2 SHOTS) 1.54 Initials S2/3 P3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 24th January 1998 12:00
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Reuters ID: LVAUPU7GXR01Z8R95F2D21HYB1D
- Story Text: - INTRO: A Frenchman has invented a toilet that locks users inside until they have washed their hands to ensure better hygiene in restaurants and the food manufacturing industry.
Jacques Robaey, a 57-year-old-Dunkirk tiler, decided to design the innovative convenience after hearing stories about food contaminated with urine in bars and restaurants.
His now completed "Ten plus" toilet locks users in until they have washed their hands.
The door locking mechanism is linked to the sink's taps and not until water has been running for 10 seconds is the door lock released.
Safeguards are built and if there is a powercut or water failure the doors automatically unlocks.
Robaey says that since his invention was revealed food industries have shown a clear interest. A fast food company has already ordered about 300 of the "Ten plus" toilets.
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