As they say, when you gotta go, you gotta go. And if you’re going to Mardi Gras, you’re gonna have to go a lot. Thankfully, a new app is providing revelers in the Big Easy with relief from the long bathroom lines, filthy Porta Potty’s, or potential public urination tickets.
The brilliantly-named AirPnP web app operates similarly to its namesake, AirBnB, only users rent bathrooms instead of beds. Using GPS, users can locate the nearest private restroom, which they can then rent for up to $5 per use. Those with prime real estate along the parade route or other highly-trafficked areas can also use the app to put their bathrooms up for rent. According to Time, there’s even a restroom rating system “based on everything from overall cleanliness to quality of toilet paper.”
"Say I'm on St. Charles and Second, and you might live nearby there," developer Max Gaudin told WVUE in New Orleans. "Basically, they pay through the app, go to your house, use the bathroom and then rate their pee experience so that other people can see how legit your bathroom is."
Gaudin said that the idea for the app started as a joke but that the positive feedback he heard about it changed his mind. The "entre-pee-neur” seems to have hit on something: According to WVUE, “More than 1,200 people signed up before the site's launch” last Friday.
"What we're doing is we're taking all those people off the streets and into bathrooms where they should be, so this is a win-win situation for everyone," Gaudin said.
AirPnP isn't just for those attending Mardi Gras. The map on the site indicates that in addition to New Orleans, restrooms are available in Grand Rapids, MI, Somerville, NJ and several locations throughout Europe, just in case you happen to find yourself in one of those places right now and are in need of immediate relief.