Some whiz kid thought this up

Why, it’s his number-one idea:

Michigan is hoping to keep drunks off the road with the help from a special bathroom message.

The state says talking urinal-deodorizer cakes have been distributed to Michigan Licensed Beverage Association members in Wayne, Bay, Ottawa and Delta counties. A recorded message will play reminding men who step up to the urinals to call a cab or a friend, if needed, to get home safely.

I tell you what, if I’ve gone to see a man about a horse and a voice comes to me from somewhere in the vicinity of the drain, I am running, Jack, out of that facility just as fast as I can. (And I’ll probably be hit by a car once I reach the parking lot.)

(Via the Consumerist.)


  1. Dean Esmay »

    3 July 2012 · 7:10 am

    Actually seems pretty damned cool to me. Not only reduces liability for bars for over-serving, but, seriously, may save some guy some serious grief. These days one beer too many can cost you several thousand dollars on a first offense, third offense is a felony and mandatory jail time. In Michigan it’s a mandatory license suspension on a first offense too. This may save some poor idiots. Dunno what it’ll do for the ladies, but…

  2. Andrea Harris »

    3 July 2012 · 8:57 am

    Um, people who are the sort of people who drive drunk generally don’t listen to anyone and I’m pretty sure “talking urinal cake” comes under that heading. If you won’t listen to your best guy buddy when he says “hey man, let me drive,” you’re certainly not going to listen to something you’ve just pissed on.

  3. fillyjonk »

    3 July 2012 · 10:51 am

    Yeah, I was kinda thinking what Andrea said.

    That, or the person hearing the urinal cake just goes “Whoah, maaaaan!” and is so taken at the coolness of a talking urinal cake they don’t bother to listen to the message. (Though that might suggest they had imbibed in chemicals other than alcohol…)

  4. Jeffro »

    3 July 2012 · 9:00 pm

    I expect my aim would be somewhat disturbed.

  5. McGehee »

    3 July 2012 · 10:20 pm

    As long as it isn’t telling me I should be sitting down to do that, I don’t suppose I’d be offended by it..

  6. robohara »

    6 July 2012 · 7:15 am

    I agree with Andrea. When the best advice you get all night is from a talking toilet, you need better friends.

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