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Automatic Flush

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WMittens · 03/09/2012 08:43

Oft seen in public toilets, where you wave your hand in front of a little detector - it's not automatic, damn you! If I have to instigate the flush it's a manual process! Sure, I don't have to touch the thing, which is a great idea, but that just makes it a non-contact flush, not an automatic flush.

Rant over, thanks for reading.

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MrGeresHamster · 03/09/2012 08:46

Oh dear... early morning pedantic rant. Coffee?

You are right though. Not automatic at all...

Shangers · 03/09/2012 08:48

but they usually don't need you to wave their hands do they? If you stand up and wait for a second it will do it automatically surely..... well that's what all the ones that i've been to do anyway!

WMittens · 03/09/2012 13:12


I've never used one that has automatically flushed when I've stood up, and I've been to a lot of motorway service stations around the country.*
*Due to work, not because I'm a service station fanatic.

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MrsBitchArseUsedToBeBran · 03/09/2012 13:52

It's not really a manual flush though, is it? You don't have to manipulate anything. I would call it an automated flush, you have to start the flush process yourself, but you don't physically move the thing that releases the water in the way that you do when you press a handle.

I've used automatic loos in Singapore (where you get fined for not flushing a public loo). They flush as you stand up, or when you lean forwards to wipe your bum, or when you reach out for the loo paper etc. They are a bit of a waste of water.

JessieMcJessie · 06/09/2012 13:59

I saw a soap dispenser in a toilet the other day, the kind that you don't have to touch to make the soap squirt on to your hand. It was labelled "self-serving hand sanitiser". It did look a little smug Grin

OatyBeatie · 06/09/2012 14:02

Rofl at the self-serving hand sanitiser. I bet it wouldn't lift a finger to help or offer reassurance if it saw a sign that said "This door is alarmed."

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