Religious grouping sues San Francisco over open-air urinal

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 8:43 AM

The Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco filed a civil complaint latest week demanding the city delete the concrete circular urinal from the iconic Dolores Park.

Religious grouping sues San Francisco over open-air urinal

A religious organization has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco to delete an open-air urinal it calls unsanitary and indecent from a favorite park.

The Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco filed a civil complaint latest week demanding the city delete the concrete circular urinal from the iconic Dolores Park.

The grouping says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only with plants for privacy, “emanates offensive odors,” “has number hand-washing facilities” and “it’s offensive to manners and morals.”

The lawsuit further alleges that the facility installed in Feb discriminates against women and the disabled and exposes those who utilize it to “shame and embarrassment.”

“The open-air urination hole violates the privacy of those who necessity to utilize the restroom but would be required to expose their bodies and suffer shame and degradation of urinating in public view,” it says.

The City Attorney’s office said in a statement that it'll defend against the litigation and pointed out the 16-acre park is famous for its “counter culture, immodest sunbathers, pot brownie vendors, spectacular city views, and famously irreverent ‘Hunky Jesus’ contest.”

The office said residents advocated for the facility, called a “pissoir,” to stop people from urinating on walls, bushes and sidewalks.

“If I'd to predict the top one hundred things in Dolores Park likely to offend these plaintiffs, I wouldn’t have guessed that this would create the cut,” City Attorney spokesman Matt Dorsey said in the statement.

The urinal is portion of a $20 million renovation map that presently has keep more than two dozen toilets in Dolores Park along with other upgrades.

San Francisco has a long, sometimes creative, history of dealing with public urination. Latest summer, the city painted nearly thirty walls with a repellant paint that makes urine spray back on the offender. In two thousand-second, the city increased the possible fine for the crime up to $500, but that did tiny to deter the practice.

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