'Please don't': Lengthy testing queues spark 'disgusting' toilet problem

A number of Aussies have appealed for those queuing at Covid testing facilities not to defecate or relieve themselves in public.

It’s been a chaotic number of weeks for Covid testing in Australia with lengthy queues at facilities and many facing difficulty in obtaining rapid antigen tests due to scarcity and price.

But a new, somewhat unseemly problem seems to be arising. And it seems when nature calls many have had to answer.

“Kind of goes without saying, but as someone working next to the Murrarie Testing Clinic, please don't relieve yourself in our car park. If you are super desperate at least use a garden or a tree or something,” one man wrote on Facebook.

Residents line up outside a 24-hour COVID testing clinic south of Brisbane.
People wait outside a clinic in Brisbane's south last year. Source: Getty Images

He is, of course, referring to the Murrarie clinic in Brisbane and he is not alone. It seems due to lengthy wait times, with some people waiting more than four to six hours for a test, some people are struggling to hold it in.

Another man, who claims to run a business in Murrarie, wrote an appeal asking for people not to defecate or urinate in gardens.

“It’s disgusting and I have to walk through there to get to my office because I can’t drive to my office,” he wrote.

Another woman at Princes Charles Hospital in Brisbane’s suburb of Chermside asked for advice as she was struggling to hold it in while waiting for a test.

People line up at a drive-in Covid testing centre in Bowen Hills.
Drive-through testing at Bowen Hills. Source: Getty Images

One woman jokingly suggested asking nurses for a catheter.

Some suggestions have been floated for people looking to avoid issues while queuing. One is that it’s best to not go alone, particularly if faced with a lengthy wait, that way someone can hold your spot while you get something to eat or find a bathroom.

However, it’s obvious this is not possible for everyone.

Rapid antigen testing has been cited as another solution although as it’s been widely reported, RATs are proving hard to come by and afford for many Australians.

More than 34,000 tests were conducted in Queensland in the past 24 hours with more than 10,000 cases recorded on Thursday.

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