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‘Pee For A Fee’ Business Connects Bursting Bladders With Tidy Toilets

by Carlos E. Castañeda
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This March 5, 2014 photo illustration taken in Washington, DC shows the splash page for the internet site AirPnP.com. based on the model of shared rooms homestay AirBnB that now offers the nearest toilet. The idea came from two natives from New Orleans, Max Gaudin and Travis Laurendine , who "know the problem well" (finding a toilet), especially during Mardi Gras and its famous parade in Louisiana. The idea is to connect people in need with people willing to share their bathroom with the same system of pictures and notes that mutual AirBnB(bed & breakfast). The number of available places largely concentrated in New Orleans is 30. There are also some 120 in Europe. Proposals often come from bars, sometimes offices or individuals, offering free or $5 USD for occupancy . The system is accessible on the internet , the application for smartphones still developing. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

This March 5, 2014 photo illustration taken in Washington, DC shows the splash page for the internet site AirPnP.com.(Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW ORLEANS (CBS SF) – A newly-launched peer-to-peer service aims to connect people who are desperate to find a decent bathroom with available places to go.

Airpnp, a play on the Airbnb home-sharing service so popular in San Francisco, finds available restrooms the public can use for a fee, whether located in a business or a residence.

The service also recruits “entrepeeneurs” to add their bathrooms to the mix, along with their price – usually $5 or less.

Users can also rate the bathrooms for cleanliness, quality of toilet paper and other attributes.

The service is the brainchild of New Orleans-based software developers Max Gaudin and Travis Laurendine, who “routinely experienced the pain point of having no place to legally urinate” during Mardi Gras, according to the Airpnp website.

Gaudin and Larendine launched the service just in time for Mardi Gras 2014, capitalizing on what they call a “golden” opportunity, as 90 percent of arrests during Mardi Gras are reportedly for public urination, or “rogue pees.”

Airpnp has already expanded to other markets, including the Bay Area with four restrooms available for rent.

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