San Francisco’s urine-resistant walls pee back

Signs say, "Hold it!"

San Francisco posted these signs on 9 walls that spray back at people, July 25, 2015 (KRON)
San Francisco posted these signs on 9 walls that spray back at people, July 25, 2015 (KRON)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Angry walls around San Francisco are retaliating against public urinators who have been using the city’s streets as urinals. These walls are peeing back.

City workers are have covered nine public walls with a repellent paint that makes pee spray back, splashing the violator’s shoes and pants.

It’s the city’s latest attempt to clean up urine-soaked alleyways and walls and help cutback on spending. The city spends an estimated $14 million per year steam cleaning the smelly waste off public walls and streets.

Officials have posted new signs reading “Hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and seek relief in an appropriate place.”

The signs don’t say that the walls are coated with pee repellent, so public urinators will find out when they get a surprise golden shower.

“You’re not supposed to be doing that type of act in the first place, right? Hopefully, we can change the behavior of some of the few that use city streets for inappropriate activity,” said Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works.

Public urination has long been a problem in San Francisco that’s left some of the city’s streets soaked in pee. Legislation banning it in 2002 has seen little success, despite a fine of up to $500.

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