As Mardis Gras kicks off this week in New Orleans, two “entre-pee-neurs” have launched a new app that aims to flush public urination.
To help the estimated one million people who attend Mardis Gras parades each year, Max Gaudin and Travis Laurendine created “Airpnp,” which functions like Airbnb — the website that allows people to rent private rooms or homes. In this case, residents and businesses along parade routes can rent out their bathrooms or portable toilets for a small fee. They can upload photos of the facilities, describe its cleanliness, list the location and the price. After customers relieve themselves, they can rate their experience online.
“All of those people are filling up with beer and that needs to go somewhere ultimately,” Gaudin told Ozy. “We are doing a public service by trying to ensure less people are peeing all over the streets of New Orleans.”
Gaudin and Laurendine would eventually like to establish Airpnp outside of Mardis Gras at other large public festivals and events. (Here’s looking at you Indy 500 and Kentucky Derby.) So far, the app seems to be catching on. Since it launched on Feb. 21, more than 1,200 people have signed up and the app has been shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook.
Residential toilets seem to be going for about $2 to $5 per pee, with one “Funky French Quarter Flusher” charging $10 to “drop the kids off at school.” In a sober state, these prices might sound a bit salty, but with a couple of hurricanes under the belt, I’m sure many people would give their right arm for a decent place to relive themselves. Though exploiting drunk revelers sounds like a decent way to make a quick buck, they don’t always have the best aim, so I shudder to think of what clean-up detail entails.