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Pee back: Cologne tackles people who urinate in public with hydrophobic paint

Published 27/11/2015

Those who pee in public have been warned that some walls in Cologne may pee back. Image: IG St Pauli/YouTube Screenshot
Those who pee in public have been warned that some walls in Cologne may pee back. Image: IG St Pauli/YouTube Screenshot

People who urinate in public places are about to face a backlash in Germany.

A railway station and other areas in Cologne have hit back at people who urinate in public by spraying walls with a new paint that means the walls will "pee back”.

Authorities grew tired of the unpleasant stench emanating from the station’s car park and other public areas that are popular with "wildpinklers" or "free pee-ers" - people who urinate in public.

"We've covered a 30-metre stretch of wall with a special kind of paint that's extremely hydrophobic," a Deutsche Bahn spokesperson told Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper.

"It means any stream of liquid aimed at the wall will bounce back off at roughly the same angle."

Signs reading "Caution, free pee-ers! This wall in Cologne Main Station pees back!" have now been erected in the hotspots.

Hamburg's St Pauli party district adopted the initiative back in March.

Should Belfast City Council and other councils in Northern Ireland try a similar initiative? Let us know in the comments below.

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