In New York, job winners will tweet from toilets

Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:59pm EST
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By Jonathan Spicer

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Five new restroom ambassadors will soon be tweeting from toilets at Times Square after beating hundreds of hopefuls for the coveted jobs.

They won a contest that included aspiring actors, students and even a businessman hoping to seed his enterprise for the jobs to greet and chat with tourists and hoards of holiday shoppers visiting the Manhattan restrooms.

Each winner will collect $10,000 for six weeks of work.

In addition to welcoming the guests, the ambassadors will comment and blog about their experience on social networking web sites Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

"We're going to connect the world with the Times Square Charmin bathrooms," said Cody Melton, 31, a comedian and one of the new ambassadors.

Although they aren't sure what to expect when the guests stream through the restrooms set up each year by toilet paper maker Charmin, the ambassadors believe visitors will be grateful for the experience in a city notorious for its dearth of public restrooms.

"There's nothing worse than being in New York and having to go," said Annie Paulson, a 31-year old cellist who landed a job.

"I often find myself buying cups of coffee that I don't want in order to feel justified to use a restroom in a coffee shop. Or I'll try to look like I know where I'm going and walk into a hotel," she said.   Continued...