The Toilet Designed To Keep You From Sitting On It Too Long

December 24, 2019

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Sometimes you need to escape to the restroom on a tough workday. However one toilet manufacturer is looking to take that time away from you!  StandardToilet have designed a toilet that becomes uncomfortable to sit on after a few minutes, with the goal of boosting worker productivity. It features a seat that slopes downward at a 13° angle. That makes it impossible to use without straining your leg muscles slightly, and the longer you sit, the more uncomfortable it gets. After about five minutes of use, sitting becomes unpleasant and you're forced to return to your desk. “Its main benefit is to the employers, not the employee,” StandardToilet founder Mahabir Gill told WIRED. "It saves the employer money." But it's hard to see what concrete effects the design would have beyond killing morale. U.S. workers reached historically high levels of productivity this year—all while working longer hours and for less pay. An uncomfortable toilet seat probably won't do much to raise productivity beyond where it's at already, but it may saddle companies with lawsuits for violating rules protecting disabled employees. Activists have already accused the design of discriminating against workers who require longer bathroom breaks. For now, the toilets are just the latest target of the internet's ridicule, but you could start seeing them in the real world soon. The toilets are now retailing for between $200 and $650.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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