Germans Use Water-Repellent Walls To Teach Public Urinators A Lesson

It's peeback time.

Wherever there's a party, there's going to be people making a mess. That's something residents of St. Pauli know very well.


St. Pauli is the party district in Hamburg, Germany. For years, it has been facing a serious public urination problem which causes a lot of unrest with the local community.

St. Pauli's main street, The Reeperbahn, is 3000 feet long and full of night clubs, swinging dance bars, pubs and even a red-light district offering "commercial sex." According to St. Pauli's Community of Interest (or IG St. Pauli), the area attracts more than 20 million visitors per year. 

But the popularity has its downsides as well. One of the neighborhood's biggest problems is public urinators, or, as the Germans call it, Wildpinkler

"When you walk in the street, it feels like you are in a sewer," Julia Staron of IG St. Pauli told German news organization Der Spiegel.

Fed up with these "wild pee-ers," St. Pauli's community decided to take the matter into their own hands and declared it was "peeback time" for the perpetrators.

They covered some of the neighborhood's walls with a superhydrophobic coating, meaning any liquid that gets on the surface splashes right back at you.

So instead of marking the walls with their bodily fluids, offenders get to stand in a puddle of their own piss.

IG St. Pauli says its goal is to "stop those who pee wherever they please." 

The community is aware that a few walls will not make the problem disappear. However, they are happy with the attention and the publicity the project has received so far. Staron told Spiegel they have already received inquiries from residents and business owners to install the water-repellent walls.

Watch the German-language video below to learn more about the project.

(H/T: Laughing Squid , Spiegel)

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