Judge Rules It Is Okay To Pee Standing Up In Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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Sitting or standing while urinating is a topic of discussion more commonly found in Germany than the United States, and while it is still quite normal for men to stand at the toilet, a German court had to set the law and declare that it is a man’s right to urinate while standing.

The question was raised in a Duesseldorf court when a landlord claimed a tenant damaged the marble floor in the bathroom by the splashing of urine that resulted from peeing while standing, and sought damages of €1,900 ($2,200).

While the judge agreed with the expert reports that the damage was indeed done by uric acid, it was determined that even with the “growing domestication of men in this matter, urinating while standing up is still common practice.”

So when in Germany, piss how you want, unless you come across one of those little signs above the toilet forbidding the standing position.


Source: BBC
Photo: Emanuello Brigant [Flickr]

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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