A lot of humor was directed at Russia when it was discovered that visitors to the hastily built Olympic community hotels were asked to dispose of their used toilet paper in special bins instead of flushing it down the toilets. Everyone assumed this was because the plumbing in the haphazardly built accommodations couldn’t handle the load.
Turns out the humor may be on us.
The Norwegian bobsled team tweeted a picture of a maid going around collecting the bins. The curious thing was that she didn’t throw the used toilet paper away with the trash. The sled team claims they followed the maid at a distance from curiosity. The maid took the bins of used toilet paper to a facility with a big stainless steel tank into which she emptied the putrid contents of the bins. Finally, the bobsled team couldn’t hold back their curiosity any longer and approached her about the purpose of the toilet paper bin. “Oh,” she said, “We recycle the paper so we can use it again.”
That’s right. Apparently there is a shortage of toilet paper around the Olympic community and drastic steps had to be taken.
The Russian government, in a quiet press conference Wednesday afternoon, confirmed they were facing toilet paper shortages and described the process in more detail, assuring the public that it’s sanitary.
“We take the used paper and break it down into a pulpy soup which is sanitized thoroughly, dried into blocks, and cut into strips which we redistribute to the hotel rooms. It’s only a temporary measure which we have taken to assure our guests have plenty of toilet paper.”
The hashtag #SochiFails was trending as of Wednesday morning. This development is sure to boost it’s popularity.
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