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Is urinating in public places Acceptable?

I am sure we all tend to wobble between the predicament of the conscience call and nature’s call when our bladder tends to press with an intolerable pressure. It becomes ominously difficult to prolong the discomfort when you’re driving down an unfamiliar street, highway or a medieval walkway, when bathrooms are absolutely out of sight. How far can you circumspect to find a vantage place to pull it over.

Albeit, the past experience from various cases reflects that drunken revellers tend to unleash their pressure without any inhibition whatsoever, causing embarrassment to the inhabitants along the walkways. The authorities’ onslaught towards them was on a radical spree to penalise and enforce law, over the fears of expected repeat instances.


Whilst ostentatiously claiming a change in the outlook and behaviour of the people in the 21st century, when we call ourselves civilised, is it not indecency? Do we or do we not deem it to be anti-social? Or is it the right term to associate it with? How do we define something to be cumulatively intolerable? Would it be really urbane to just let go things?

Latest news states that even Paris got underway launching a high-profile, a meticulous, thorough-going crackdown on outdoor urination. How far such policing can be effective? Can it be a deterrent on something that tends to be intolerable all of a sudden?

There may be clarion calls voicing out for ‘Zero intolerance’, which is acceptable, to an extent; also, rightly hailed out by Raymond Boyd Martin, managing director of the British Toilet Association that represents the UK lavatory industry.
But there are larger questions in the array to answer!

Firstly, what about the cultural loathing to perform bodily functions in the open air, how do we address that; is there a tenable recourse to it?
Secondly, there are integral environmental and health concerns that keeps hovering all sane minds as to what’s the solution to the menace, if it is deemed to be one, in the first place. Outdoor urination may lead to many grievous problems like contamination and pollution in the rivers, streams and local waters.

Thirdly, are there enough bathrooms or roadside sanitation facilities?
Because an estimate by the urban planners at the University of the West of England states that, in the past ten years, the UK has lost 40% of its public toilets. The reason being, the process has been worsened by the local authority budget cuts. The civic amenities and conveniences have plummeted to 1 from 19, in Manchester. Is it not a drastic decline in the resources that needs to be provided to the tax payers?

However, deflecting the argument for a moment, anyone with a small child would call it horrendous and rubbish it all, because they know what a tough task it is to locate a toilet at any given time, when it is badly needed.

Let’s have a look at the legal aspect; urinating anywhere recklessly could get the person arrested. How do we deal with the conundrum? Is there a supplanting solution to all of those?

It is imperative to have hygienic and life saving roadside services, fortified with some good toilet and bathroom systems, to maintain cleanliness, being health conscious; conversely, averting legal enforcements and punitive consequences. And budget cuts can’t be a plausible argument at the cost of life and health at large.

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