July 25, 2016

"A toilet-themed cafe where customers dine on meatballs floating in soup-filled latrines...."

"Guests at the 'Jamban Cafe' sit on upright toilets around a table where food is served in squat loos.... 'Jamban' means toilet in Indonesian...."
Owner Budi Laksono, a public health expert who used to work for the local government, hosts discussions with customers and shows them videos as he seeks to encourage people to use dedicated facilities for their bodily functions...

"This cafe serves as a reminder that many people in Indonesia still do not have toilets," said Laksono, 52.... "Many critics say the cafe is inappropriate and against Islamic law," he said.

20 comments:

Sebastian said...

"as he seeks to encourage people to use dedicated facilities for their bodily functions..." Will the cultural imperialism of diversity-suppressing colonizers ever end?

Gahrie said...

Many critics say the cafe is inappropriate and against Islamic law," he said.

This will not end well.

mikee said...

Please, oh please, tell me the bar service uses urinals.

lgv said...

Yes, I believe I read the specific verse in the Koran forbidding toilet themed cafes.

gadfly said...

... it aims to educate people about sanitation and encourage the increased use of toilets.

"I think the idea is pretty interesting because if you try to have a campaign without a gimmick like this, the information won't stick."


It won't stick? How about a cheaper approach - a Twitter hashtag - #ShitHitsFan!

Gahrie said...

Yes, I believe I read the specific verse in the Koran forbidding toilet themed cafes.

Oh good for you dhimmi, I'm sure they'll kill you last. (unless you're gay)

cubanbob said...

Considering the hygiene standards in Indonesia the toilet theme is probably a useful thing if they are functional.

Bob Boyd said...

Eating soup from a squat loo is the easy part.

Crapping in a tea cup bolted to the wall of the Men's room on the other hand....

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, you post something like this again and it will be up to you or Meade to come and clean the vomit off my keyboard.

William said...

Keep an open mind on this. If you're trying to lose weight, such a place would be a godsend. It's hard not to overeat in a BBQ joint, but I could easily kep my appetite in check in a cafe like this.

Alexander said...

I'm going to be frank: this marks the second time in my life where I have to acknowledge that Islamic Law has a silver lining.

Hagar said...

100-150 years ago there were supposed to be people like this in London, Paris, Berlin ..., but they only came out at night.

tim in vermont said...

shiloh eats their every day. It's where he gets his talking points.

tim in vermont said...

Plus it gives him a strong enough stomach to support Hillary.

Fernandinande said...

"This cafe serves as a reminder that many people in Indonesia still do not have toilets,"

A good way to fix that is to increase demand for toilets by using them for nonstandard purposes.

lgv said...
Yes, I believe I read the specific verse in the Koran forbidding toilet themed cafes.


Here it is:
القرآن يحظر المقاهي تحت عنوان المرحاض.

That translates back to "the Koran prohibits cafes under the toilet", which is close enough.

Sigivald said...

I wanna know what part of Islamic law they claim it violates, but why bother reporting that?

(I honestly expect a bit better from AFP, but probably shouldn't.)

walter said...

It seems to be an Asian fixation. Shit like this has been around for years.

The Cracker Emcee said...

Thought this was another post about the DNC. I seem to be mistaken.

The Godfather said...

There's nothing new under the sun, or under the bum. When I was in college in the early '60's, a bunch of us threw a party in which the punch was served in a toilet bowl -- vodka punch with Baby Ruth bars floating in it. I think this was about supporting the War on Poverty, or maybe Banning the Bomb. Some good cause.

Darrell said...

The Democrats have been serving us shit sandwiches for years.