A Scottish City Has Found the Perfect Way to Shame People for Public Urination

February 17th 2016

Lucy Tiven

Few social villains are more unanimously despised than those who unabashedly pee in public.

The Scottish city of Aberdeen just introduced a novel strategy to halt lingering puddles and pee-smells — a urine repellant paint that delivers a surprising splash when peed upon.

Aberdeen Has A Pee Problem.

The Scottish city has a big pee problem, according to the UK Press and Journal. Aberdeen fined over 3,000 people for public urination between 2011 and 2015. In 2014, 784 people were busted for taking a leak in city streets.


The problem has been linked to public drinking the UK Press and Journal reported, which is also illegal in Aberdeen. Reporter Andrew Douglas writes:

"Police officers have been consolidating efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour which has led to the number of people fined for urinating and drinking alcohol in public sky-rocketing."

In hopes of combating what the Scottish Parliament deemed a "disgusting practice," a urine repelling paint has been applied to the elevators and stairwells of the Promenade and Linksfield Courts buildings. "If this pilot is successful, the use of urine-repelling paint should be considered in other problem areas across the city," a February 15 Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin notes.

How It Works.

The EcoCalibre Rainoff anti-pee paint contains a water resistant substance that makes urine splash back on delinquent public pissers in the midst of the act.

According to a 2015 Buzzfeed report, it was first tested in St Pauli, Hamburg’s party quarter, a tourist destination that has been particularly fraught with party-goers relieving themselves.

The city put up signs reading "Do Not Pee Here! We pee back," during the test.

Think before you pee.

While U.S. cities have yet to threaten to "pee-back" for urine violations, public urination can have even more severe consequences in the United States than in Scotland.

NOLO, a Berkeley-based legal press, notes that public urination is illegal across the country, and the consequences of getting caught vary by state. Attorney Janet Portman writes:

"Defendants may be charged under a law that specifically criminalizes the act, or the prosecutor may allege that the defendant presented a public nuisance or is guilty of disorderly conduct. A harsher approach is to charge defendants with indecent exposure or public lewdness, which are crimes that may require convicted defendants to register as a sex offender."

(h/t Buzzfeed)