In the movie Naked Gun, one scene showed Detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) watching a demonstration of a wall that could protect itself from graffiti by spraying teenagers who try to spray paint its surface. San Francisco has come up with a similar solution for those who urinate on city walls and streets. Public urination continues to be a serious problem in cities, even though New York politicians recently moved to decriminalize the offense. The city is testing a pee-repellant paint on walls in areas with high public urination problems. The specially treated walls cause the urine to spray back onto violators.
The paint has been used in Hamburg, Germany in its nightclub district and is called Ultra-Ever Dry — sold by Ultratech International Inc. The product is a superhydrophobic coating that will repel most liquids. The city hopes to save money with the paint to reduce the current costs of having to send out crews to steam clean streets. It receives hundreds of such requests every year.
In Atlanta, the problem of urination in elevator has become so bad that the city has installed a urine detection device (UDD). Any splatter of urine will set off alarms and alert police to get to the elevator for arrest.
Presumably, most people do not want to expose themselves by urinating in the middle of a street to avoid the walls.
In sounds like the latest skit from Yakov Smirnoff, “in America, you don’t pee on walls, the wall pee on you. What a country!”