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Religious Jews are normally careful not to pull out hairs during Shabbat.

After Mr. Ploni defecates, he wipes his rear end carefully. But he knows that it's impossible for him to clean his bottom to his preferred standards without finding a hair or two on the toilet paper.

What should Mr. Ploni do on Shabbat?

CYLOR.

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I think this answers it: (assuming it is psik reisha d’lo nicha lei and kavod habrios and issur d'rabanan) (someone please correct me if this is not an issur d'rabanan)

Rabbi Josh Flug (Sukkot To Go 5770, p. 27) writes that it is certainly permissible to use a toilet with an automatic flusher if no other restroom is available because most assume that using electricity is prohibited only d’rabanan and therefore is permitted for kavod habriyot. He says that perhaps it is even permitted if going to the non-automated toilets is inconvenient, since it may be a psik reisha d’lo nicha lei on a issur d’rabanan.

http://halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Electricity_on_Shabbat#cite_note-19

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Looks like this Sabbath business makes people "work" harder than normal. Before, it's simply use the toilet. Now you guys have to be really creative on sabbath. Also, the answer has nothing to do with hair being pulled. –  Jim Thio Oct 29 '13 at 9:37
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