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Toledo Blade

Bin Laden image on urinal mats spurs brisk sales for local firms

Pictures of Osama bin Laden have been showing up in bars, restaurants, and workplaces across the country, thanks to two Lucas County janitorial suppliers.

Fresh Products, Inc. in Toledo and Impact Products Inc. in Sylvania Township each sell urinal mats showing bin Laden’s face that have been purchased by the thousands by businesses.

Both companies expect their mats to be in demand until alleged terrorist mastermind bin Laden is captured or killed in the war in Afghanistan.

Many of the mats appear to be purchased by beverage salesmen and other marketers who give them away as a promotion to the bars and restaurants they call on, said Larry Bang, of Krazy Marketing Associates, Inc., in Florida.

"They’ve been fun," he said. "I’ve had people call from all over the world for this stuff."

Fresh Products has sold thousands of its red mats in the past two weeks, with one style showing bin Laden with his mouth open, said company vice president Michael Baez.

Some distributors are reselling the mats for up to $5 - at least four times the price for plain mats that fit in the bottom of urinals to keep large refuse from falling into the plumbing.

John Harbal, president and chief executive of Impact Products, which has had its urinal screens on the market for a month, said his company has sold 40,000 mats which have a picture of bin Laden and the words "Stop Terrorism. Operation Enduring Freedom."

Impact made its bin Laden mats in yellow to signify cowardice, said Bob Armbruster, the company’s vice president of sales.

The bin Laden mats have proven more popular than those the company tried with Saddam Hussein during the Persian Gulf War, but Impact Products is printing bin Laden’s picture on mats only as it gets orders.

Not making a big investment in the screens is probably wise, said Bob Preuss, news editor of Cleaning and Maintenance Management trade magazine.

"People will probably quickly tire of Osama’s image," he said.

There specialized products have evoked strong emotions, for them and against them.

"We sold them all," said Larry Vavul, manager of Atlas Restaurant Supply in South Bend, Ind. "But I think they’re disgusting."

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.ugh), November 30, 2001


I've been seeing postcards about those urinal screens, actually different ones, but the message is the same. The ones in the mail look better as they have his face centered and larger on the mat, which would make one think that he couldn't be missed. And yet some guys still miss.

I'm wondering if management is going to buy some for the bathrooms at work...and if anyone would steal them for souvenirs. LOL

-- Barefoot (rambling@incoherent.thoughts), November 30, 2001.

". . .if anyone would steal them . . ."

Perish the thought, Barefoot!

Notice these products come from Ohio. . .

-- (Meemur@Wet.TreeStreet), November 30, 2001.

-- (Lucker22@Tree.Street), November 30, 2001


I stole this from the Currents News Forum. Don't beat me! I didn't mean to steal the posts, too.

-- (, November 30, 2001.

Just one of the mysteries I will probably never learn about, urinal mats and aim games men play while they pee. I have figured out that they don[t just stare up at the ceiling, seems they do peek, but would never admit it....

-- Cherri (, November 30, 2001.


It's okay to peek at what your aiming at. It's not okay to peek at what the guy next to you is aiming.

-- Jack Booted Thug (, November 30, 2001.

But they do it any way.

-- Cherri (, November 30, 2001.

The little gelatin destroyers, battleships & aircraft carriers are better in a bowl than a urinal Cherri. Girls miss out on a lot of stuff not having an aimable.

-- Carlos (, November 30, 2001.

Carlos, Do they make deodorant bars in shapes? Or do you guys get creative and shape them yourselves? What's with those round cement "sinks" that have water fountains running from the top? Are they urinals with water to wash your hands all in the same place? And how come men's pots don't have doors on them some times? Is it so you can see how badly others suffer in the male version of giving birth?

As for aiming, it must be a learned function, my foster son had a habit of hitting everything but the toilet, until I gave him a rag and cleanser and put him in charge of cleaning up the mess himself. He got real good at getting it in the pot after that, and the problem never arose again. Another question, if you don't mind :o( Is it true that once you start peeing you can't stop?

And it isn't true we can't aim, we just have a smaller range to work with.

-- Cherri (, December 01, 2001.

not aimable but certainly amiable

-- (, December 01, 2001.

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