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February 18, 2005 11:24 AM   Subscribe

McDonald's Bathroom Attendant. From the folks who brought you The MP3 Experiment, but this is funnier.
posted by DrJohnEvans (24 comments total)

 
via kottke. please don't hurt me.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:25 AM on February 18, 2005


Metafilter: they don’t do this in England.
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 11:30 AM on February 18, 2005


The gullibility of the manager was both entertaining and frightening, but no surprise. Taking pictures of people in the bathroom is creepy.
posted by 2sheets at 11:32 AM on February 18, 2005


None of it is surprising, really; in fact, everything goes off as you'd expect it to. But the fact that they actually went and did it (with pictures and audio!) makes for a good read.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:39 AM on February 18, 2005


"Are you sure you have the right McDonald's?"

"I hope so... I sure hope so!"

posted by Robot Johnny at 11:41 AM on February 18, 2005


I'm lovin' it!
posted by AlexReynolds at 11:43 AM on February 18, 2005


We love to see you pee smile!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 11:50 AM on February 18, 2005


My friend Todd Simmons worked as a professional bathroom attendant for three years in Manhattan.

Dude. He should write a book. Or they should make a sitcom about him. Or something.

[this is good. Kottke or not, thanks for posting it]
posted by anastasiav at 11:58 AM on February 18, 2005


Dude. He should write a book. Or they should make a sitcom about him. Or something.

Scroll down to his report. Apparently he has a one man show in the works.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 12:02 PM on February 18, 2005




posted by MrMoonPie at 12:13 PM on February 18, 2005


These guys are actually consistently good. I loved their Anton Chekhov stunt, with MeFi discussion here.
posted by zsazsa at 12:32 PM on February 18, 2005


Thank you so much for posting this site.
I'd never seen it, and I absolutely love it. "Dollar Dudes" is awesome.
posted by dougunderscorenelso at 12:55 PM on February 18, 2005


Wow. That's a good one, zsazsa, thanks!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:57 PM on February 18, 2005


Only $7 in tips in an hour? A guy can't live off of that!
posted by papercake at 1:04 PM on February 18, 2005


Awesome! I now have a new favorite improv group! Which is to say I now have a favorite improv group!
posted by gambit at 1:05 PM on February 18, 2005


I absolutely love the Improv Anywhere missions. Every one that I've read about has been fascinating.

That said, I totally don't understand the concept of a bathroom attendant. I've been using bathrooms for the last 40 years without professional assistance, so the phenomenon is pretty alien to me.
posted by tdismukes at 1:09 PM on February 18, 2005


Wonderful.
posted by taz at 1:20 PM on February 18, 2005


They weren't kidding. That guy really is the CFO of Hitachi.


posted by fourstar at 1:26 PM on February 18, 2005


The first paragraph reminded me of this month' s prank in Jane magazine, where a couple of staffers brought a velvet rope and made a VIP section in a Wendy's in New York.

Good read!
posted by SisterHavana at 1:34 PM on February 18, 2005


Wow...apparently I had skipped over previous IE-related threads. All their missions I looked at were great.

My favorite: I wish I was Ted. I think we all do.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 2:41 PM on February 18, 2005


I love Best Gig Ever.
posted by wsg at 3:04 PM on February 18, 2005


The strangest place I ever saw a bathroom attendant? The North Carolina State Fair. Yes indeedy.

After a full day of stuffing yourself with deep fried candy bars, touching the meat goats, riding the tilt-whirl, and fingering the turquoise sateen jumpsuit sewn by a 4-H club member, you could go to the potty and there she was. Mostly directing traffic. Handing out the occasional paper towel. Although there were several signs telling us to "remember to tip the attendant" I don't think she was making much money.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 4:39 PM on February 18, 2005


Much funnier than the Columbia University-ish thread from a few months ago. This is good stuff.
posted by ParisParamus at 5:33 PM on February 18, 2005


The gullibility of the manager was both entertaining and frightening

Not surprising, but not for the reasons I think you're implying. Fundamental rule of guerilla theatre and public illegal art. Act like a criminal and they will treat you like one. I altered this billboard right next to a freeway offramp during rush hour traffic at 5pm and Sun was still shining. A hundred cars drove by us at 10 mph, nobody saw nothing. Why? Because we were wearing workmen jumpsuits and had ladders, we're supposed to be there.

This man had the standard bathroom items, the tux and patter, he spoke first and without hesitation. He supposed to be there, in the mind of the Normals there can be no other explanation. Unless you do something stupid like open your mouth and give them a reason to think beyond the obvious. Let others lie for you and hide in plain sight.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 5:49 PM on February 18, 2005


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