That's the entrance for androids.
Would you like some hundreds and thousands?
I for one welcome our new poop-removing robot overlords...
The suicide booth, for when you are also masochistic.
"You have chosen 'slow and painful'."
... this is one of those things that we probably didn't need to know.
The APT makes me wonder what it would rent for.
$1400/mo - great location! Spacious bathroom.
Typical SF entry prices. There's not even parking included.
poop...bot? Sorry, but uh.. the hell is this thing?
it's a modern pay toilet. You pay money, a door opens, step in, close the door, you have some period of time to do what you need to do, then hit a button and it lets you out again and switches off. Our host has found one with the engineer's panel open, perhaps because an engineer was fixing it, perhaps because people are animals and would rather smash stuff than find something meaningful to do with their lives (see also DNA Lounge toilets)
Somewhat surprisingly, there is no Wikipedia article on the San Francisco variety of these JCDecaux toilets. There's only one on the Paris model which is smaller. But here's a very helpful Yelp review of the one at Embarcadero.
I didn't realize these were owned/operated by JCDecaux. This company basically owns the public-space advertising market in Europe.
I wouldn't be shocked to see them printing ads on the toilet paper in the near future.
Also Australia, and they're doing a great job of putting ads in new places, then realising they have no customers and leaving them to fall apart, ruining what was there before.
I noticed the other day that the gimp has 4x4" (toilet paper) listed as a size option along with letter and legal size.
The NeoLuddite resistance knows that these evil devices must be thwarted before they entomb us all to make way for the space lizard invasion.
Presumably this one was having its kill logic upgraded so that it can no longer feel remorse.
A few things I noticed:
1) Belt driven? Really? I would have put money on "shaft driven" system. [rimshot]
2) Is that an oil filter I see on the far right side next to the ice machine? ... wait a second... ICE MACHINE? It really IS an apartment! (or perhaps, a small SF nightclub)
3) How on earth did you resist the temptation to twist some knobs and push that giant, shiny, candy-like, red button?!
I was afraid it might be a Tardis.
Wait... I'm confused... and that KEPT you from pressing the buttons?