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One of the biggest controversies to emerge from this past Fourth of July weekend is the big public bathroom Toilet Paper Rationing Debacle on the Coney Island boardwalk. If it wasn't bad enough that the women were forced to wait in line for a few meager squares of toilet paper (and the guys weren't spared any), displeased boardwalk retailers were reportedly asked by the Parks Department to contribute up to $1000 each to keep the bathrooms operating through the summer. "I gave $1,000 but would've been better off buying $1,000 worth of toilet paper and dropping it off," lamented Dianna Carlin of the Lola Star Boutique. A shame, but herein lies a life-lesson: Never, ever leave home without a pack of pocket tissues. [Gowanus Lounge]