Odds ‘N’ Ends: Seattle sells five of its troubled toilets on eBay

SEATTLE – Seattle’s five problem-plagued public toilets could be yours if you’re flush.

City officials decided to pull the plug on the multimillion-dollar self-cleaning toilet stalls and instead put them on the auction site eBay.

Starting bids are $89,000 apiece.

Neighbors and city-commissioned analysts said the unisex facilities attracted drug users and prostitutes, and were less cost-effective than regular public restrooms.

On May 19, the City Council voted to remove the problem toilets.

The German-made automatic, high-tech toilets were installed in 2004 and have cost the city about $5 million.

As of Thursday morning, none of the toilets had received any bids.

McDonald’s robber now promoting Big Mac in contest

MIAMI – A Miami man who held up a McDonald’s at gunpoint in 1994 is now promoting the restaurant’s signature sandwich in song.

Tamien Bain is among five finalists in the fast food chain’s contest for a new jingle promoting the Big Mac.

Bain was arrested on Memorial Day 1994 for the holdup. He served 12 years in prison, where he became interested in making music.

The 29-year-old Bain says he was up front with contest officials about his past when applying for the MySpace.com/BigMacChant competition.

The public has until Sunday to vote. The winner gets a trip to Los Angeles and their song featured in a national McDonald’s ad.