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Inconvenience Device

think before you pee
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On many a morning, my walk to work is 'enhanced' by the aroma of the alcohol consumed by last nights revellers eminating from doorways, corners and alleys.

Legislation and traditional education doesn't seem to work. What is needed is some corrective shock therapy.

Step forward the Inconvenience Device. This is a material that can be retro fitted to walls doors and even windows as it could be made transparent.

It is a mesh of fine wires embedded and flush with the surface of an insulating substrate.The mesh is held at a small potential difference in relation to the ground from which it is insulated.

When a miscreant micturates manfully against the material, he completes the circuit and recieves a reminder that his behaviour is boorish. Although potentially purposefully plastered, maybe the message should get through.

(Please note that although men are the main culprits I aware that women do it to)

I expect the efficacy of the engine would evaporate during precipitation. Fortunatly this wouldn't matter so much as the rain would rinse the residue away.

rambling_sid, Dec 16 2004

Simpler solution #1 https://www.theguar...e-urinate-in-public
hydrophobic paint [notexactly, Mar 21 2017]

Simpler solutions #2 & #3 http://catsmeatshop...n-fleet-street.html
deflectors and fences [notexactly, Mar 21 2017]

Simpler solution #4 http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3569748
another deflector [notexactly, Mar 21 2017]

Simpler solution #5 http://www.amsterda...ction-of-sorts.html
street urinals—actually solving the problem now [notexactly, Mar 21 2017]

(maybe) Simpler solution #6 http://urilift.com/
street urinals that retract into the street during the day [notexactly, Mar 21 2017]


       Maybe under public:punishment?   

       What if someone leans on something with this device embedded?
contracts, Dec 16 2004

       [contracts] The voltage / current combination would be low. As a kid, a dare was to lick the terminals of a a rectangular 9v battery, this gives a small shock but putting a finger across the terminals didn't.   

       I don't wan't to to any damage to these people, or innocent bystanders. My town has some really nice alleys to stroll down, well they would be nice if they didn't reek of urine!
rambling_sid, Dec 16 2004

       I like that. Truely a public restroom.
Worldgineer, Dec 16 2004

       The pubic: punishment category is very appropriate for this one.
bungston, Dec 16 2004

       [rambling] the potential difference would have to be huge in order to work its way up the urine stream. In practice you're looking at something like an electrified train track.. which is not the kind of thing you'd want hanging around street corners

On measure of a good society is adequate public toilet facilities, I therefore mutely cheer [El Dorado] except for the ridiculous assertion over whom should maintain them.
neilp, Dec 16 2004

       Bristol city centre, Friday and Saturday nights, the council put out portaloos (well, urinals, not sure how the ladies are supposed to manage). They're built big and heavy, with wide bases so people can't turn them over.
david_scothern, Dec 20 2004

       Spray them with a red dye that smells bad?   

       Auto pumps and hoses and so on...   

       or just a chamber pot emptied from 2nd floor balcony on urinators below.
popbottle, Mar 18 2017


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