Public Urinators Beware: San Francisco Installs Walls That ‘Pee Back’ 

Public urination (Mario Tama / Getty)
Mario Tama / Getty

In an attempt to curb the city’s public urination problem, San Francisco has painted nine of its most pissing-prone walls with pee-repellant paint. When someone urinates on these specially-painted walls, the pee sprays right back onto their shoes and pants, soaking them.

“Nobody wants to smell urine. We are trying different things to try to make San Francisco smell nice and look beautiful,” Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The paint is called Ultra-Ever Dry and comes from Florida-based chemical cleanup and waste management company Ultra-tech, the Chronicle notes. The paint consists of a series of geometric shapes and patterns along with a chemical base that creates peaks that repel most water and oil-based liquids. It reportedly costs a few hundred dollars to apply the paint to each wall.

Legislation banning public urination in 2002, applying a $50-$500 fine for the unsavory act, has done little to deter people from peeing on the walls, the Chronicle notes. This paint, which has already proven successful in Europe, may help with that problem.

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