German city of Hamburg introduces water-repellent paint to fight public urination

I went to Germany a few years ago, and after hours on the train, really had to pee.

352931-d4c575b2-c39d-11e4-bdbb-25549bb81a95But the public restrooms would only take German coins, and were particularly designed to avoid sliding under the door, so off I went to my destination.

When I got there, they all said, just pee on the wall, everyone else does.

The city of Hamburg has erected signs around the city reading “Don’t pee here. We pee back.” A public awareness campaign video shows CCTV footage of a stream of men on the way home from a drunken night out stopping to relieve themselves in the street. Then the video introduces the city’s secret weapon.

359733-d4806472-c39d-11e4-bdbb-25549bb81a95In the fight against the scourge of urinating drunks, the local St Pauli neighbourhood association has begun painting its walls with water-repellent paint, similar to the type used on ships.

The association told a number of outlets that when liquid hits the walls it rebounds with “almost the same force”. Handy graphics spell it out for anyone still confused.

Four more cases of EHEC – E. coli O157 — in Hamburg is reporting that four more cases of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) have emerged in Hamburg, Germany, following the death of a 6-year-old girl last week.

An 11-year-old boy and a 3-year-old kindergartner tested positive earlier this week, and two women aged between 68 and 88 years were earlier diagnosed with EHEC. Tests have identified the strain as E. coli O157.