Okay, folks … you all know by now how I feel about Donald Trump, right? And you know that, in my ever-so-humble opinion, the man has not done one single thing right … perhaps in his entire life, but certainly since January 20th, 2017. But … Filosofa must give credit where credit is due, and it turns out there is one industry that he has boosted over the top. What is this, you ask. The porta-potty industry!
President Trump vowed on the campaign trail to boost economic growth and be the “greatest jobs producer that God ever created.”
His economic legacy is far from sealed, but it’s safe to say he has made at least one industry flush: the Washington region’s portable toilet industry. – The Washington Post, 20 May 2017
Doesn’t it make perfect sense that Trump’s legacy will be that he boosted the toilet industry?
Turns out that the connection is all the protests that have taken place, are taking place, as a result of his policies and behaviour since entering the Oval Office. The Women’s March on 21 January, for example, required some 600 port-a-potties, which was still insufficient, I am told. Rob Weghorst, chief operating officer of Virginia-based portable toilet rental company Don’s Johns (don’t you just love the name? 🙂 ), said the increase in political advocacy — typically among protesters with left-leaning political affinities — has translated to boom times. His company provided toilets for the Women’s March, the People’s Climate March and others on the Mall this year.
Weghorst isn’t complaining. “All I’m going to say is that we love the activism. I’ll leave it at that. It’s been good. It’s made for an interesting and lucrative spring.”
The National Park Service (NPS), which oversees the Mall, requires demonstration permit holders to provide one portable toilet for every 300 participants, 20 percent of which must be wheelchair-accessible. NPS said it has seen more than a 30 percent increase in permitted protests compared with this time last year, with some attracting tens of thousands of people.
Frederick Hill III, owner of the District-based Gotta Go Now (another catchy name!), says his port-a-potty company has seen about a 40 percent increase in revenue each month of 2017 compared with a year earlier. So far in May, business is running 50 percent ahead of last year. Depending on the bulk of the order, Gotta Go Now charges between $85 and $125 per toilet, including delivery and pickup.
Jordan Uhl, who is planning the June 3rd March For Truth, said that the potties will be his single largest expense, around $5,000. Most who have contributed to the online funding campaign for this event probably had no idea that their money was going to rent toilets!
Given the current state of the Trump administration, there is every reason to believe that protests will continue and draw increasingly huge (or is it yuge?) crowds, as more and more people are affected and become cognizant of the chaos Trump & Co. has made of our nation. Thus … the demand for port-a-potties is not likely to diminish any time soon! My advice? Buy stock in Don’s Johns! And as for Trump … well, never let it be said that he didn’t fill Washington D.C. with a bunch of … er … poop.