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Working or Not? The Puzzling Case of the City Hall Paper Towel Dispenser

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, July 09, 2009, at 11:08AM
Working or Not? Eric Richardson [Flickr]

For months now, this paper towel dispenser in the 10th floor men's bathroom at City Hall has had a fairly existential question scrawled on it in Sharpie: "Replace or Fix It. It works?"

The answer is that both are right. The dispenser does work, and it is broken. It dispenses paper, but inside the gears grind horribly and the paper comes out extremely slowly.

It seems those who use the restroom have taken to skirting the issue entirely, and simply using the bare roll left on top of the dispenser.


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