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AirPnP connects Mardi Gras tourists with private toilets

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 Would you rent a bathroom in your home out to strangers for money during a large event? (Shutterstock)There are few things more uncomfortable than having to hold it in when nature calls due to a lack of available restrooms -- especially when you've been partying for hours. 

It's safe to say that during a massive event like Mardi Gras, which kicked off in New Orleans Tuesday, some might even pay good money for access to a toilet when desperate. 

Taking note of this predicament -- and the rising amount of public urination arrests during Carnival season -- a new experimental service called 'AirPnP' launched this week in an attempt to help revellers relieve themselves in style. For a price.

"We take care of lavatory logistics so you don't have to," reads the app's website, which currently boasts 29 available urination stations in downtown New Orleans. 

Much like the popular vacation rental service Air BnB, AirPnP allows local residents and business owners to register as "entrepeeneurs" and rent out their facilities for up to $5 a pop (er... squat.) 

Those interested in bypassing port-a-potties can find an AirPnP bathroom using a mobile-optimized web app that shows a spot's location, price, and crowd-sourced rating. 

"Porcelain Paradise near Jackson and St. Charles, 1.5 blocks from parade route" reads one listing with a three-star rating and several photographs. 

For three dollars per use, customers gain access to a "a gated apartment [that] sits a mere saunter from the uptown parade routes... hippie toilet paper supplied."  

A nearby toilet in an apartment that costs merely $1 per use comes with a special perk for pet lovers: "Very friendly cat named Toby might meow at you." 

 "Toby's Place" is one of the AirPnP listings available in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. (AirPnP)

Founders Max Gaudin and Travis Laurendine, both raised in New Orleans, explain on the AirPnP website that the project was inspired by their personal experiences of having no place to legally urinate during the Mardi Gras parade. 

"This problem is often solved by using what is known as a 'rogue pee,'" reads the site. "If caught the person faces a weekend in Orleans Parish Prison. Yet this stiff penalty doesn't stop thousands upon thousands of 'rogue pees.' This clearly demonstrates the demand for a legal alternative." 

While currently only available in New Orleans, the site has proven popular. More than 1,200 people have registered for the service, and the creators tell they hope to expand AirPnP into other cities with large festivals. 

Would you rent out your bathroom for money, or make use of this service if you needed to?

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