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Don's what? Portable toilet names covered for inauguration

Posted January 13

A row of portable restrooms, with the name “Don’s Johns” covered up, is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. Virginia-based Don’s Johns calls itself the Washington area’s top provider of portable toilet rentals, but the name apparently strikes too close to home for inaugural organizers. Workers have placed blue tape over the brand name on dozens of portable restrooms installed near the Capitol for the inauguration. (AP Photo/Matthew Daly)

— It's the great port-a-potty cover-up for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Workers preparing for the inauguration Jan. 20 have taped over the name of the company — "Don's Johns" — that has long supplied portable restrooms for major outdoor events in the nation's capital.

Virginia-based Don's Johns calls itself the Washington area's top provider of portable toilet rentals. But the name apparently strikes too close to home for organizers of the inauguration of Donald John Trump.

Workers have placed blue tape over the company name on dozens of portable restrooms installed near the Capitol for the inauguration.

The company's name is clearly visible upon close inspection, but is blocked for a wide-angle view by a TV or still camera.

Robert Weghorst, chief operating officer for Don's Johns, said he did not know the logos were covered up until The Associated Press reported on it Friday, lighting up his company switchboard and "blowing up" its social media accounts.

"We don't know why it's being done. We didn't tell someone to do it," he said in a telephone interview. "We're proud to have our name on the units."

A spokesman for the Architect of the Capitol, which oversees the Capitol and its grounds, said the logos were being covered or removed to comply with Capitol grounds restrictions on advertising.

Staff determined that signs for Gene's Johns — a competitor that also is providing portable toilets for the inauguration — "can be easily peeled off," the spokesman said in an email. The Don's Johns logos cannot be removed easily "and are being covered with tape," the email said.

Don's Johns has provided portable toilets for many major events in Washington, including the 2009 and 2013 inauguration ceremonies for President Barack Obama, Weghorst said. No logos were taped over during those events, he said.

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the Presidential Inaugural Committee declined to comment.

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  • Linda Tally Jan 14, 7:15 a.m.
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    Of course nobody with brains would have NOT voted for Hillary. Which is exactly why those who did, and who attend this inauguration, need clear guidance on what to do with port-a-potties that are placed on the grounds. There's no way they'll figure it out on their own.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Jan 13, 9:48 p.m.
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    This is a"sign" covering up Trumps, "CR.."! Started long before this!

  • Milo Bloom Jan 13, 7:19 p.m.
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    That "liberal left" actually cares more about you and your kids than the hypocritical ("prosperity gospel"?!? LOL!) money-grubbing GOP ever will...

  • Chris Perdue Jan 13, 6:18 p.m.
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    Sorry "know" should have been "no". Guess I'm just one of those half wit republicans who needs to be guided by the left.

  • Chris Perdue Jan 13, 6:14 p.m.
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    And you wonder how he won when you read comments like this?? Everyone knows the liberal left is all knowing and smart. Just ask all the people on the east and left coast and the media. There is know way anyone with any brains or common sense could not have voted for Hillary. Everyone else is a bunch of rubes. Guess you all have learned nothing from the past 1 1/2 years.

  • Linda Tally Jan 13, 6:01 p.m.
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    This is a Democrat plot to confuse the Trump folks. With no name EASILY found on the device, those attending the Trump inauguration will have no idea what they are for or how to use them. They will absolutely stink up Washington!

  • Roger Connor Jan 13, 5:10 p.m.
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    THIS is "TOP NEWS?" AP/NBC?WRAL - it is NOT April Fools yet. I really expect better from you!

  • Robert Richardson Jan 13, 5:00 p.m.
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    How is this trashing Trump? Oh right, it isn't.

  • Jim Frei Jan 13, 5:00 p.m.
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    Something doesn't smell right.

  • Kenneth Jones Jan 13, 4:28 p.m.
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    The media making their own news story. Members of media are doing this to create a story. Everything they can do to trash Trump and anyone affiliated with looking like they might be helping? This is so childish and immature. MAGA in 7 days..

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