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ETX town throws "potty party" after restrooms gain national attention


An East Texas town is getting national attention for its unique public restrooms. Saturday night they'll be featured on TLC's show, "Insane Bathrooms."

Friday, people in town were gearing up for what the city is calling a "Potty Party."

If you're not from the area, at first glance you may not know what the bathrooms are, but it doesn't take long for curious minds to find out.

"It's just like a normal bathroom. You just have a better view," says Jake Cunningham who works in Sulphur Springs.

"It's uh... different...strange," says Marshall Tolleson, who was visiting from Ft. Worth.

Strange is one word for them, but a lot of people call them something else. To be exact, five people we spoke referred to them as "weird."

Taking care of some very personal business right in the middle of the downtown square can be a hard concept to wrap your mind around, and once you take a look inside, it's not hard to see why. From inside, the mirror walls look more like glass windows, giving the words "public restroom" a whole new meaning.

"You can see everyone on the outside and you feel like they can see you, you know?" says Dorreice Shuptrine who was visiting from Plano.

Word about the bathrooms traveled far and fast and brought The Learning Channel to Sulphur Springs. Mayor Craig Johnson hopes the network portrays the city for what it really is.

"We're a little nervous about it," he says with a laugh.

"They were here the entire day. They did a lot of shots of the bathrooms and interviewed certain people and got the story of how we came up with it," says Johnson.

The bathrooms started as part of the project to revitalize downtown while providing attractive public restrooms. Now, they've become a tourist attraction, that moms in particular find more helpful than most.

"We've been down here before, just me and my two young boys, and they might be playing in the fountain and if I have to use the restroom, I can go in there and still watch them and not worry about if they're running off or talking to a stranger. I can see exactly what they're doing while I take care of business," says Chaney Johnston with a laugh.

They're taking care of business in the bathrooms that are bringing more business to the city of Sulphur Springs.

The city of Sulphur Springs' Potty Party starts Saturday night at 8 p.m. They'll have a large projector on the square so everyone can watch their debut on "Insane Bathrooms," together. The show starts at 9 p.m.

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