Peter Olfe experienced this first-hand at a San Francisco library. The bathroom was so filthy he developed a splitting headache and acute nausea before he could finish his business. (Kinda like how we feel every time the upstairs neighbor brings a date home, but that’s another story.)
If only Olfe knew where the closest, cleanest restroom was, he could have whizzed in peace. That’s the inspiration behind MizPee, a cell phone-based service that helps people find the best places to go.
Simply type in a street address and a list of public toilets nearest you appears. Restrooms are rated for cleanliness on a scale of one to five toilet paper rolls, with the very best making the “honor roll”.
MizPee also tells you whether the bathroom includes a diaper-changing station, and, if it’s in a retail location, whether it’s available to non-paying customers. (Trust us, there’s nothing more embarrassing than getting booted out of the men’s room at TGI Friday’s.)
And if your little emergency is not as urgent as you expected, Mizpee lets you download reading material to your cell phone to get you back in the mood.
Olfe, a former telecom executive who lives in San Francisco, says more than 2.5 million people have visited the website since it went live about a year ago. The ad-sponsored service is now available in 24 North American cities, and plans to go global with the addition of 10 European cities.
Just what you’d expect from a biz whiz.