In an effort to teach public urinators a lesson, San Francisco is painting its walls with UV-coated, urine-repellent paint, the Bay Area’s KPIX reports. The new, freshly-painted walls stay clean and dry by instantly repelling liquid, which for offenders, means spraying urine right back at them.
“We are piloting it to see if we can discourage people from peeing at many of our hot spots,” Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru tells SFGate. “Nobody wants to smell urine. We are trying different things to try to make San Francisco smell nice and look beautiful.”
According to the Huffington Post, San Francisco Public Works has racked up 375 requests to steam-clean urine-soaked walls since the beginning of this year. Peeing in public has long been punishable by fines of up to $100, which ultimately do little to curb the problem.
Crews have painted a total of 10 walls so far in San Francisco, and according to KPIX, the city intends to keep the paint coming. So, public whizzers, beware. And dog owners, be warned: You might want to map a new route for dog walking, unless you want each day to end in a bath for your pooch.