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A fix for calls of nature

THE problem of having to leave long queues in front of pavilions and losing your spot in line while taking a bathroom break may be over.

The Expo organizer said that they were planning to build shortcuts in the middle of queue areas at popular pavilions. The shortcuts will lead directly to toilets.

"This may help people avoid pushing their way out and back when they need to leave for the bathrooms," said an official surnamed Zhen with the security department of Expo Bureau yesterday.

Zhen said they would also arrange workers to give out numbered tickets so that those going to the toilet don't lose their place in line.

Armed-police officers on duty outside the Saudi Arabia Pavilion first came up with the idea. It will be introduced at the 12 most popular pavilions, the organizer said.

Several pavilions have been trying similar methods to manage long lines.

However, Shanghai Daily reporters have found that some scalpers at the queue area in front of the Oil Pavilion have already taken advantage of the practice to make money.

Some scalpers are making money by pretending to go to the toilets to get a numbered ticket. They then sell the ticket, which allows people to cut in front of others.

Scalpers charge 10 yuan (US$1.46) to 80 yuan for each ticket, depending on the position in the queue the ticket provides.

An official surnamed Gao with the Oil Pavilion said they don't issue reservation tickets to avoid giving scalpers the opportunity to take advantage of people.

The Expo organizer said so far they had not worked out any effective ways to stop the scalpers.


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