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Public library locks up its toilets after drug addicts used it to dump their hypodermic needles

By Mason White 11:49 AM April 25, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
Visitors of a public library in Vermont, will have to hold it in since management decided to lock up the toilets.

Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library, put locks on their public toilets as a way to discourage people from flushing hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia down the toilets.

Rubi Simon said that the bathrooms on the ground floor of the library became unusable after the toilets became clogged with needles and other drug materials. “The sewer pipes serve both bathrooms so there is no way to know if men or women are responsible for the problem,” Simon said.

Signs posted on the doors of the bathrooms and the entrance to the library read: “The bathrooms are closed. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

Police were notified about the incident. The library plans to request identification before giving out the key to the bathrooms once the pipes are fixed.