Swedish Court: It's Fine to Pee Anywhere in Public

As long as no one is offended by it, go wherever
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2010 9:49 AM CDT
At least this kid doesn't look like Calvin.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Coming home from a party and unable to hold it any longer? In Sweden, you might as well just pick a convenient wall and drop trou, assuming nobody’s looking. A Stockholm court has acquitted a 45-year-old man charged with peeing in public, the Local reports. The court said the act is perfectly legal, as long as you don’t intend to offend anyone, and take adequate measures to ensure you wouldn’t.

The defendant in the case, for example, was waiting for a bus when, unable to deny the call of nature any longer, he scurried behind a bush shelter and relieved himself, making sure his back was to the sidewalk. It’s hardly an uncommon act—last year, 5,000 Swedes were fined for peeing in public. Most, however, simply paid up, to the tune of $120.

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