#FirstWorldProblems Are Going Down The Pan…

literally, as Emma Brockes relates:

Many years ago, I went to Venice to interview Meryl Streep about her role in The Devil Wear’s (sic) Prada. The film festival was on and the city overrun with attendees wearing wristbands, permitting them varying levels of access to venues. One of these was a toilet in the suite reserved for the interview, which, Ms Streep was assured as she entered the room, was off-limits to anyone who was not Meryl Streep. Feudal systems come and go, but the exclusive bathroom clause goes on forever.

Well, as outrageous demands by divas go, your own personal toilet for the duration isn’t really up there in the ‘Bring me a white horse with a horn glued to its head, 3 tonnes of Bird’s Instant Whip and a case of champagne!’ demands of today’s pampered celebrities, but hey…

And so to Manhattan, where a proposal to open a series of members-only public toilets this year has been largely well received. Tired of begging for the bathroom key at Starbucks? Or picking the busiest restaurant, where you hope you can slink to the back without being noticed? Then you’ll welcome a company called Posh Stow and Go, which promises the city’s “first luxury restroom facility”.

And if they can make it pay, good luck to ‘em! Why would anyone else care, any more than they ought to care about exclusive clubs or members-only access parties?

Surely the idea that earning more buys you things people who earn less can have is just basic reality, and the very thing that makes us tick?

It’s not Wayne Parks’s fault, but his enterprise comes at a time when the city has never felt more stratified, nor more vulnerable to the resale of basic services as luxuries.

*baffled face*

The New York Observer recently canvassed a bunch of real estate developers about a requirement, by law, to reserve a proportion of their multi-billion dollar developments for use as affordable housing. Most howled with fury and, refusing to be named, espoused a position characterized thus: “We don’t ask Hermes to produce a line of cheap polyester ties, or Thomas Keller to offer a dollar menu at Per Se … Why shouldn’t those who can’t afford the going rates in Manhattan just live somewhere else?

Emma’s solution to the ‘dilemma’ of poor people not being able to afford the same things as rich people being..?

9 comments for “#FirstWorldProblems Are Going Down The Pan…

  1. Hereward unbowed.
    March 6, 2014 at 8:34 am

    “Which ones?” he inquired.

    Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”

    20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

    21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

    No one gets a free ticket and remember, money, you can’t take it with you…….

    • Ed P
      March 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I’ve always thought,”Love your neighbour as yourself” was a bit dirty. 😆

    • March 7, 2014 at 5:56 am

      I believe there was something about not coveting, too… 🙂

      • March 7, 2014 at 6:37 am

        Especially another man’s woman.

  2. Stonyground
    March 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    It is indeed true that Jesus told his followers to sell all that they have and give the proceeds to the poor. Why is this relevant?

    “…earning more buys you things people who earn less can have is just basic reality.”

    Should that read ‘people who earn less can’t have’?

    • March 7, 2014 at 5:57 am

      Ooops! Yes!

  3. Furor Teutonicus
    March 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Had an Uncle once, whos main ambition in life was “To get the key to the “executive toilets” in the firm he “worked” for.

    Is that not AMBITION!?

    “Why? Does the shit smell sweeter? Or do you just like shitting on carpets?”

    The question went down like a Led Zeppelin at one family “occassion.”

    Most of them would never speak to me again, which I found GREAT!

  4. Viscount Rectum
    March 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

    This is the most pointless twaddle I have read for some time.

  5. March 9, 2014 at 1:43 am

    You would think all the lefties would just love the idea of rich people paying more to pee and poop. I take it that Posh Stow and Go will have the ‘cheek’ to ask for more than a penny from its well heeled? patrons. I doubt they can’t be arsed.

    But what else will the wealthy patrons-in-need get for their thruppence? A bidet perhaps? A personal bottom-wiper? A selection of fresh underwear from a dispensing machine? A line of machines with ‘No Knickers’ from Bonds at one end and some top of the line fripperies at the other?

    Will toilet tissue manufacturers quickly claim ‘suppliers to the rich’ status and show adverts on TV featuring puppies bringing a roll and dropping it at some dainty feet adorned with panties, instead of unravelling one around the room?

    The opportunities are great.

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