Men urinating in public. The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday threw out the misdemeanor conviction of a man caught peeing next to a building in downtown Portland, saying he was prosecuted under a frequently used state law that shouldn't apply to public urination. The ruling could have a sweeping effect by preventing district attorney's offices across the state from using Oregon's "offensive littering" law to charge people who urinate in public spaces. It appears people now can legally relieve themselves where they want -- unless they step foot into the city limits of municipalities that outlaw public urination with their own local ordinances. Portland has several laws that could apply but they weren't used in the case reviewed by the Appeals Court. Public urination is a widespread livability issue no matter the size of the city.
Many a potty-training parent has faced the public-pee dilemma: There are some who think it is no big deal—kids can't control themselves, goes their thinking. Another set of parents insists it is never okay to urinate in public. Then there is the in-between perspective—maybe in a park, hidden by trees With points being made on all sides of the argument, there are solid reasons why you should avoid having a child urinate in an open public area. Going au naturale while camping or ducking behind the bushes at a park and urinating into the dirt are cases unto themselves. For one, you can guide your child through these situations while still teaching some element of privacy. In addition, standing in the bushes or dirt patches off the road allow urine to be absorbed into the earth.
Please refresh the page and retry. Within minutes, several men had urinated in plain sight very near to us; one had clambered up on a little raised platform with some shrubbery on it just to do so. Faced with this scene, not a taxi in sight, we walked the three-and-a-bit miles back to our flat. This was Paris in D espite its extraordinary charms, the City of Light can also feel like an anarchic, post-apocalyptic hellhole — people litter, spit and pee freely in the streets, as if the city were their personal lavatory, bin and ashtray combined.
Snopes needs your help! Learn more. In May the Denver City Council passed a set of reforms that, among other provisions, lessened the penalties for public urination or defecation. The Denver City Council did not legalize public urination or defecation, as the separate and existing prohibitions on such behavior remained in place in the city's Code of Ordinances.