The worlds worst invention May 21, 2008Posted by Lauren Cooke in Uncategorized.
Tags: invention, tissue dispenser, Toilet, Virgin, virgin trains, worst invention
I would like to draw attention to… the worlds WORST invention. It’s not a complex device that doesn’t work, nor is it one of those annoying seemingly pointless objects advertised only on shopping channels. It’s not even, God forbid, the Segway. No, the worlds worst invention is the Virgin trains (now Cross Country trains too) toilet roll dispenser.
For those of you unfamiliar with train travel, this “invention” is a brushed steel contained built into the wall of the otherwise relatively classy Virgin Trains toilet. The need for a broom to jam the door handle in order to pee in safety may be gone, but for those in need of a little toilet roll to complete their business will simply have to hope and pray. We have all encountered dispensers like these, no doubt about it. They are filled with piles of interlocking tissues, from which you pull a piece out, and it neatly slides the next tissue into place. They sometimes get blocked by over enthusiastic roll-grabbers, but generally the concept works.
Not, however, with these babies. They are permanently blocked, and you either have to fill your hands with scraps of ripped of paper, or have to slowly extract half of the pile or none at all. I have yet to EVER (no exaggeration at all here form a very frequent traveler) to find a fully functionally dispenser. I ask, why?
Is it soo hard for the train companies to identify a faulty product and fix. Woe be it the responsibility of the employees on the train, who presumably come to work equipped with double velvet and a doorman to hold thir hot towels and to wipe there asses (delightful imagery there!). I call Richard Branson, ruler (nae, God) or an empire, to FIX THIS PROBLEM.