Beijing: Chinese capital have started using facial recognition technology to stop toilet paper theft in public toilets after it became rampant.
At the Temple of Heaven, one of the capital’s busiest tourist sites and a former hotbed of toilet paper kleptomania, a user in need of tissue paper must stand in front of a wall-mounted machine with a high definition camera, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
The device’s software remembers recent faces, and if the same a person reappears within a certain period, it refuses to activate the automatic roller.
Recently, Chinese media outlets investigated the phenomenon and found most of the tissue bandits were senior citizens. Such behavior has placed a considerable financial burden on public toilet management.
The smart toilet paper machine has prompted quite a discussion on mainland social media. Most people agree that the behaviour should be stopped. But a few said the public shouldn’t get too wound up over the issue.
“The cheap paper in public toilet contains lots of toxic materials such as fluorescent agents. Excessive use will only damage their health,” said a user on WeChat, the Post report said.