Pee-Back Time: Hamburg Strikes Back At Public Urinators

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Residents of Hamburg's St. Pauli's nightclub district are getting their own back on late night revellers who urinate on public buildings. They’re painting walls with a new high-tech coating that sends the pee bouncing right back at them.

A local interest group has applied the special water-repellent paint, also used in shipbuilding, on 2 frequently targeted buildings in the renowned nightclub district near the port to deter "Wildpinkler," as Germans call those who pee in public.

"This paint job sends a direct message back to perpetrators that their wild urinating on this wall is not welcome," Julia Staron, who organized the group, told Reuters. "The paint protects the buildings and the residents and most importantly it sends a signal this behaviour is not on."

Staron and her group have given fair warning: they have put up signs in German and English that say: “Hier nicht pinkeln! Wir pinkeln zurueck” (Do not pee here! We pee back!)

One obstacle is the high price of the paint. Staron says it costs about €500 to paint a 6 sq. m. area but, it was worth the effort and was already having a positive effect on newly protected walls. "If you compare the work involved for daily cleaning of the mess and the awful smell, as well as all the collateral damage involved, it has definitely been well worth it," she said.


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