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In this photo taken Tuesday, March 21, 2017, visitors to the toilet at the Temple of Heaven park tries out a facial recognition toilet paper dispenser in Beijing, China. At Beijing's 600-year-old Temple of Heaven, administrators recognized the need to stock the public bathrooms with toilet paper, a requirement for obtaining a top rating from the National Tourism Authority. But they needed a means of preventing patrons from stripping them bare for personal use - hence the introduction of new technology that dispenses just one 60-centimeter (2-foot) section of paper every nine minutes following a face scan. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Some Chinese bathrooms now scan your face to stop you from taking too much toilet paper

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China has a toilet paper problem. Specifically, people keep stealing it.

So now some Chinese public bathrooms scan your face to let you take any toilet paper.

It's part of China's self-styled "toilet revolution" to make public bathrooms less gross as travelers demand better facilities.


We have entered a new era of public tourism. The expectation of the public for the toilet is becoming higher.
Zhan Dongmei, China Tourism Academy

For instance, at the 600-year-old Temple of Heaven, administrators realized they needed to stock bathrooms with toilet paper to get a top rating from the National Tourism Authority. But many customers would hoard toilet paper, fearing it wouldn't be available at the next stall. 

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In this photo taken Tuesday, March 21, 2017, visitors collect toilet paper dispensed by a face recognizing machine at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing, China. At Beijing's 600-year-old Temple of Heaven, administrators recognized the need to stock the public bathrooms with toilet paper, a requirement for obtaining a top rating from the National Tourism Authority. But they needed a means of preventing patrons from stripping them bare for personal use - hence the introduction of new technology that dispenses just one 60-centimeter (2-foot) section of paper every nine minutes following a face scan. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 21, 2017, a man tries out a facial recognition toilet paper dispenser at a toilet in the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing, China. At Beijing's 600-year-old Temple of Heaven, administrators recognized the need to stock the public bathrooms with toilet paper, a requirement for obtaining a top rating from the National Tourism Authority. But they needed a means of preventing patrons from stripping them bare for personal use - hence the introduction of new technology that dispenses just one 60-centimeter (2-foot) section of paper every nine minutes following a face scan. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 21, 2017, a worker hands out a toilet paper while changing the roll for a facial recognition toilet paper dispenser at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing, China. At Beijing's 600-year-old Temple of Heaven, administrators recognized the need to stock the public bathrooms with toilet paper, a requirement for obtaining a top rating from the National Tourism Authority. But they needed a means of preventing patrons from stripping them bare for personal use - hence the introduction of new technology that dispenses just one 60-centimeter (2-foot) section of paper every nine minutes following a face scan. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 21, 2017, a man bends his knees to allow a toilet paper dispensing machine to scan his face at a toilet in the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing, China. At Beijing's 600-year-old Temple of Heaven, administrators recognized the need to stock the public bathrooms with toilet paper, a requirement for obtaining a top rating from the National Tourism Authority. But they needed a means of preventing patrons from stripping them bare for personal use - hence the introduction of new technology that dispenses just one 60-centimeter (2-foot) section of paper every nine minutes following a face scan. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 21, 2017, visitors to the toilet at the Temple of Heaven park tries out a facial recognition toilet paper dispenser in Beijing, China. At Beijing's 600-year-old Temple of Heaven, administrators recognized the need to stock the public bathrooms with toilet paper, a requirement for obtaining a top rating from the National Tourism Authority. But they needed a means of preventing patrons from stripping them bare for personal use - hence the introduction of new technology that dispenses just one 60-centimeter (2-foot) section of paper every nine minutes following a face scan. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 21, 2017, visitors pose for camera as they try out a facial recognition toilet paper dispenser at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing, China. At Beijing's 600-year-old Temple of Heaven, administrators recognized the need to stock the public bathrooms with toilet paper, a requirement for obtaining a top rating from the National Tourism Authority. But they needed a means of preventing patrons from stripping them bare for personal use - hence the introduction of new technology that dispenses just one 60-centimeter (2-foot) section of paper every nine minutes following a face scan. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

This led to the face scans, which yield one two-foot piece of toilet paper every nine minutes for a face scan. 

People come here to have fun, but if the toilets are disgusting, how can they have a good time here?
Li Xiangyang, vice general manager of Happy Valley

As part of the "toilet revolution," Shanghai opened its first gender-neutral public bathroom in November. 

"Women are stuck waiting in longer lines for stalls than men, and it is fair for women and men to wait in line together," Shanghai resident Zhu Jingyi said. 

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