German Judge Backs Men's Right to Pee Standing Up
Landlord went after tenant over floor damage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2015 5:22 PM CST

(Newser) – A German court has ruled that a tenant who liked to pee standing up doesn't owe his landlord money for damages apparently caused by missing his target. The Duesseldorf administrative court rejected the landlord's claim of $2,200 for damage to the bathroom's marble floor, the dpa news agency reports. While accepting expert testimony that urine had damaged the marble, Judge Stefan Hank ruled the man's method was within cultural norms, saying that "despite the increasing domestication of men in this context, urinating standing up is still common practice."

The Guardian provides some context: "The debate about whether men should stand or sit when urinating is no laughing matter in Germany, where some toilets have red traffic-style signs forbidding the standing position."