AirPnP Connects Mardi Gras Partiers With Places to Pee

Today is Mardi Gras, and like any booze-fueled street celebration, that means tons of full-bladdered revelers seeking out a place to relieve themselves. Thankfully, technology's here to save New Orleans from becoming a literal Urinetown. Meet AirPnP, the web app that lets you do your business in the privacy of a stranger's home.

As the name so aptly suggests, AirPnP takes the room-sharing model of AirBnB and zooms it in to the urgent necessities. Residents and business owners—"entrepeeneurs," as they're called—offer up their facilities with straightforward or cheeky listings, with a going rate of $1 to $3 per, uh, visit. Some offer perks alongside the porcelain (free beer with every pee is a great way to guarantee repeat customers), while others are using their bathrooms as a fundraiser, sort of the opposite end of the traditional bake sale.

Founders and New Orleanians Travis Laurendine and Max Gaudin launched AirPnP after experiencing "the pain point of having no place to legally urinate" during Mardi Gras. As they explain:

This problem is often solved by using what is known as a "rogue pee." If caught the person faces a weekend in Orleans Parish Prison. Yet this stiff penalty doesn't stop thousands upon thousands of "rogue pees." This clearly demonstrates the demand for a legal alternative.

Mardi Gras is the first event for AirPnP, but we're seriously hoping it goes nationwide. It's a Fat Tuesday miracle! [AirPnP]