Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
Ok, so the new digs at my office are ok. It is nice, new, and mostly clean but there is something about the people that service the bathroom. The toilet paper dispenser has two large rolls in it and a divider so that when one roll is out you slide the divider over and gain access to the next large roll. Here lies issues and curiosities.
1. The rolls are so large and tight width wise that you need a good amount of torque to make them spin to get toilet paper.
2. The paper is this thin fresco like stuff so you just end up tearing piece of it off because it is too weak to withstand that needed torque. Needless to say there are little bits of ripped paper all over the floor from failed attempts at turning this lottery wheel. Now, with some patience, and maneuvering you can get it to work correctly, but you need a lot of paper because well the stuff is like a screen door, very thin and porous.
Now here comes the curiosity. I have never seen the first roll get lower than about half before it is replaced with a full roll. This is an issue for so many reasons.
1. As the wheel of fortune gets smaller it gets easier to spin, thus a more efficient bowel emptying process.
2. It is a waste of resources. Are they throwing out a perfectly good, more efficient half roll? What I want to know is are they at the very least rotating the rolls? For example, when they take out the half roll, do they just replace the half roll with a new one, or are they taking that second, never used roll and putting in the place of the half roll and adding a new second roll.
I hope they are rotating if not for resources, but sanitary reasons. I would think that one roll never getting used over time in a stagnant men's bathroom stall would evolve into a petri dish of delight for bacteria.
I think for this challenge I might have to try and break open this device and put a marking on the second unused roll to see if it makes a progression to the first roll.
Thoughts, feelings, reflections, advise?