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Atlanta spends $1.5M on public potties

May 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM

ATLANTA, May 5 (UPI) -- Some Atlanta residents said the city spent too much when it paid $1.5 million for five high-tech public toilets.

Critics say the pubic potties, which play music and have automatic doors, seats and sinks, are an unnecessary purchase during a time when many residents are being laid off, WSB-TV, Atlanta reported.

"Every time you flush it, how much money is going down the drain?" resident Chuckie Langford asked.

The fancy toilets are in use in areas including Woodruff Park, Piedmont Park and near Atlanta City Hall.

Advocates have said buying the potties is a good move to better the city's reputation.

"It sounds a little pricey, but I also think the city is working on its image to promote people coming to the city," said Joseph St. Jean, who recently began running a trolley tour for tourists.

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