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Company Comes Under Fire for Installing Timers in toilet
Published on: 2020-11-18
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timer 01Employees at Chinese short video app company Kuaishou were shocked recently to see that timers had been installed above their toilet stalls at work, in an apparent bid to monitor the duration of defecation.

Photos were on Weibo, and soon the topic began to trend, with many outraged users slamming the company for violating its employees’ privacy, and for putting productivity and profit over people’s personal needs.

toilet 01"Toilets are not enemies of efficiency,” reads one of the top-ranked comments. “When endless overtime work becomes the norm, and when the absence of overtime pay becomes standard for the industry, in such an environment, you have to come up with other ways to reduce the intensity of work. People end up spending time in the toilet to make up for the lost time in their personal lives.”

Some defended the company, saying “People can be on the toilet for up to 30 minutes, just playing on their phones.” But overall, public response to the measures was decidedly negative.

Kuaishou responded to the backlash by saying that there was a misunderstanding with the timers. According to the company, they were intended to help with long lines and overcrowding in bathrooms.

They released a statement on Weibo saying, “the toilets in the building are currently limited, and the queue for employees to go to the toilet is very long, but the structure of the building makes it hard to install new bathrooms.” They explained, “timer was put in the bathroom to test how often the toilets are used per day and to help us determine how many portable toilets we need to install for the staff.”

互联网公司惊现厕所“蹲坑计时器”

近日,网络上流传出一张厕所蹲坑计时器的照片。这张照片在网络上不断传播,因为这实在是太不可思议了,网友们纷纷疑惑:“上个厕所还要计时?”。

然而这种看似不可思议的事情却真实地发生了。

从网上流传的这张照片来看,厕所的正上方被放置了一个LED显示屏,并显示着“有人”的字样,后面还附带着数字计时。而在厕所的正门上则贴着一张“计时器测试中”字样的纸张。

不过,很快就有细心的网友通过图片中左下角“点滴之行、政暖你心”的标语,把这家安装厕所蹲坑计时器锁定在了北京的一家互联网公司——快手公司上,因为这正是快手行政部的标语。

随着事情的发酵,自然也是引起了网友们的广泛热议,网友们普遍认为快手安装厕所计时器的目的就是为了限制员工“带薪拉屎”。

面对网友们的指责,快手小客服还是做出了官方回应称,安装计时器的目的并不是为了限制员工上厕所,而是收集卫生间使用次数和时间的数据,用于帮助判断需要新增的移动厕所坑位数量,来解决快手员工上厕所排队的问题。

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