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3/27/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Found: The ideal toilet paper holder

A good share of what I read in the comments page consists of complaints about local businesses, negative comments about the school system or political issues, but I would like to add my two cents' worth of positive feedback on a subject that I am sure must touch everyone and will stimulate thought each and every time they visit the situation from this day forward.

Toilet paper! To be exact, toilet paper holders in public restrooms. I know that businesses have gone to a lot of expense to remodel their bathrooms for the benefit of those poor folks with disabilities. I applaud them for that. However, I think that there may have been a miscalculation in the design of toilet paper holders installed in these publicly shared areas, the bottom of which are from 1 foot to 16 inches off the floor. Now since I am not disabled (except for a possible mental issue), it is difficult for me to see how this can be of benefit to anyone. I can only speak from my own experience, but it seems that nearly standing on one's head while seated on the toilet could only be a disadvantage to anyone, and possibly even a hazard.

I can see the headlines now: "Man killed while attempting to find the end of the toilet paper in public restroom." Attempt was evidently unsuccessful.

Due to seeing this issue as a problem, I have been on a quest for years to find a public restroom with a well-positioned toilet paper holder. I must now report that after an exhaustive search and thousands of disappointments, I have found the perfectly positioned toilet paper holder in a Mexican/American restaurant in Golden Valley. They not only serve excellent food and provide good service at a fair price, but the toilet paper holder in the men's restroom is positioned perfectly. It is accessible even to a seated person 3 feet tall or one 7 feet tall. I cannot report on the ladies room holder, since I have not personally checked it out, but it is reported to be satisfactory as well.

This is an example of attention to detail. After reading this, you will all become more aware of this problem each time you visit a public restroom. Thank you for the opportunity to report these important findings.

Duane Mark

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Article comment by: D W

I never gave much thought to the subject but your right. After reading this yesterday I got a good chuckle to which I thank you and then not 4 hours later I had a errand to run at our local pet store, I have never used their restrooms and I do believe those are the closest to the ground I have ever seen. While bending forward to retrieve the paper all I can think of was "don't fall don't fall" but my frustration was replaced with laughter when remembering your article.

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014
Article comment by: This is a true TP Story

Talking with my paper products wholesale supplier years ago, I happened to mention that my now ex-wife suggested that I was a (deleted) and I needed some professional help. Being a quick-to-help sort of a guy, he said, “I have just what you need -- I’ll send it to you right away”.

Next day there arrived a case of “professional grade” bathroom tissue -- Marvelous 2-ply huge roll, sturdy stuff that makes paperwork a pleasure (this product really exists).

When the wife and I split she demanded her half of the TP. I promptly declined her request citing that the tissue was required for my ongoing therapy. She left paperless.

I thanked my paper supplier for his invaluable help and after a good hearty laugh, he confided the following, “We ship that particular “Professional Grade Tissue” by the pallet to nearly every government office in Kingman”.

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: Nay Mama

Love your letter Duane, gave me a good laugh too this morning. Coming from a family of 6 kids, we were always taught to think about the next person that will be using whatever you're doing. I have carried that over to adult life with those huge toilet paper rolls in public bathrooms. I try to make sure I pull enough paper out that I can tear off what I need and still leave a little bit hanging so the next person doesn't have to search. Thanks for the letter, it will be brought in conversation with family and friends.

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: biker randy

So when do you need the toilet paper? Right after you eat the meal?

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: colleen famoso

Good read and great topic! Hahaha. Thanks for the laugh. I also have noticed the "stand on your head" position of the toilet paper holder. I am especially irritated when only one sheet comes off at a time...while I'm standing on my head. Do they want to make it unaccessible so that you can't use to much? I'm sure there is a reason so just follow the money! LOL

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: J. P.


Being both a tall (6'6") and disabled individual, I applaud your letter. Thank you for a good read and great laugh to start the day. Keep up the great work!

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Duane Mark, I have been asking all the wrong people (those who have no control), when and why do bra manufactures place the adjustable straps of the bra to the back side of strap rather than front where it is much more convenient and you don't have to be an acrobat to make the adjustment.?

Yes, it can be the smaller things in life are just as aggravating as the more serious!

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: Kingman Resident-1

Great letter Duane!
And hilarious... Now, on to the quest for the perfect toilet PAPER! I am giddy with anticipation awaiting your findings. BTW, thanks for the refreshing bit of humor to brighten this disabled old geezer's day !

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Thanks for your well thought out letter Duane. I also have been to that restaurant and the food and service are great.

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