Friday, September 18, 2009

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How to Pee in Paris by Katherine Huether

Watch out if you need to use the restroom in Paris. The city has declared war on public urination and set up an elite, 88-member force, the Brigade des Incivilités, or Bad Behavior Brigade to ticket anyone foolish enough to do what the French call urine sauvage, which translates to "wild urine." According to the "Wall Street Journal," France's capital is struggling with the presence of pipi and the paper reports that urine is hard to escape in certain parts of the city, be it on the street, in the Metro or in parks. Similarly, New York City is battling its own public urination problem but offers only 47 free public restrooms, according to Meanwhile, Paris offers some 400 free public restrooms scattered throughout the city, the "Wall Street Journal" reports. So what do you do if you're in Paris, you need to use the restroom, and you don't want to fall foul of the law? Well, don't do what the Parisians do. They're getting tickets -- and fouling up the City of Lights with a stench that reaches the top of the Eiffel Tower, despite the hundreds of city hygiene workers who scrub thousands of square feet of sidewalks every month. In 2007, the Urination Task force handed out 1,200 tickets to adults for public urination. In 2008, that number rose to 1,800 and fines can be as high as $644. Here’s what you need to know seeking out a public restroom in Paris.

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