Please Don't Pee Here — or Anywhere

Yesterday, Sanjoy Mahajan wondered why signs that encourage hand-washing are at the sinks, where hand-washing avoiders may not see them. What do you think of the placement of the sign below, reportedly in Bangalore?

(HT: Michael Diamond)


Here's my version, also from Bangalore. If you don't want people urinating on your wall in India, you definitely need one of these signs.

Seminymous Coward

The questions are obvious. Is the man pictured urinated? If so, does he believe he is complying with the sign at that distance from it?


Should the sign have been "This area has hidden Cameras"


When I visited Bangalore I noticed on some fancy residences they would put tiles with gods on them at places they didn't want people to urinate. The reasoning was that while micturate-er might not listen to a sign (as above) but he certainly won't deface a deity.


Interestingly, in Cambodia the walls of temples are generally used for public urination (and there are no signs discouraging people from doing so).


signs like these are all over the Philippine thoroughfares. XD


The best sign I've seen said something like: "Smile while peeing here, you'll look more likeable on Youtube".

Andreas Moser

As long as there is enough rain, pee is not that much of a problem.


It would be more effective to paint a "pee here" sign on the neighbors wall. To increase effectiveness, post some interesting photos on the wall at eye level until the men habitually go to that spot and you are set.


I have seen these signs all over India - and this one looks very familiar. Generally, the mens' room is someone's wall.

Bob I

Looks like it's effective. That guy's about 8 - 10 feet away from the sign.


I took a picture of a sign in downtown Albuquerque several years ago. It said:
"Please, No Puking...
Panhandling or
Perversion. Thanks"

Byung Kyu Park

The U.S. version of this would be the signs in convenience stores, saying "Crime doesn't pay here"---it probably pays elsewhere. ;)


The sign should say:
"If you pee here, urine trouble"


what about a little hole in the wall..and the words:"..please do pee here...human urine was advised by vet doctor,.in order to cure a skin disease that my pet snake suffers"


Should be correlated with ease of access to public toilets..#impossibletofindone


I'm interested in why the signs are English first, the one in Bangalore being English only. What does this suggest about literacy, education and public urination?

Byung Kyu Park


It's because English is the common language in India (Hindi *might* be, but I think southern provinces don't like Hindi as the common language). I never learned Kannada (the local language in the province Bangalore is in), and when I stayed for a while in Bangalore, the only time I was at a bit of a loss for lack of English signs was when I took the local bus.

BTW, for the picture in Bangalore in this post, I'm guessing the little squiggly lines are "Do not urine here" in Kannada (or Hindi; I never learned the scripts either).


That sign is hardly effective. In fact, it encourages that a lot of people are already relieving themselves there. Having the images of gods helps a little but people ignore them too.

Encouraging people to use public toilet by actually paying them could be effective. The pee can also be used in agriculture.


@Byung Kyu Park

Thank you for the reply. The part of my question that I haven't yet thought of a nice way of asking is ...What .. class.. of people are these signs for? How does someone become educated enough to read a sign in English and still remain uneducated enough to be peeing on their fellow educated class members walls? Is it a school rivalry thing?