London streets are about to use 'pee-proof' paint

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Chris Sayer

Caught short in east London? You’re about to get caught out in the most embarrassing way possible.

Hackney council are preparing to paint the town a very different colour than red, as they introduce pee-repelling paint to the walls of so-called ‘wet spots’ in the Shoreditch and Dalston areas in a bid to discourage late-night revellers from urinating in the streets.

The hydrophobic coating, which proved a huge success in San Francisco earlier this year, works by bouncing the peeing perpatrator’s wee right back onto their clothes.  

"The coating creates a barrier that completely repels liquid,” the council said. “This means that anyone choosing to use the walls as a toilet will see their urine bounce off, covering their shoes and trousers. It also stops urine soaking into the wall – reducing stains and smells."

The move aims to reduce the yearly £100,000 the council spend on washing walls and pavements. 

So think twice the next time you party into the wee hours. 


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Chris Sayer

Chris Sayer is a freelance journalist and editor based in London. Chris has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and travelled the world doing an all manner of adventures for lots of brilliant magazines. He writes for Shortlist about booze but would probably prefer we let him write about fishing instead. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisSayer00

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