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San Francisco applies pee-repellent paint to combat public urination

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SAN FRANCISCO – Officials in San Francisco are tired of smelling urine-soaked sidewalks and are fighting back with a unique solution — urine-repellent paint.

The fine for peeing in public ranges from $50 – $500, but the city is hoping the penalty of urine-soaked pants and shoes will be an even greater deterrent.

The hydrophobic coating from Ultra-Ever Dry has already been painted onto nine walls in the city, according to the Department of Public Works.

A promotional video from the company shows liquid running off notebook paper, water unable to soak a submerged cotton ball and even a man in a suit left almost completely clean after being blasted with a bucket of muddy water.

The city's public works department got the inspiration from a group in Hamburg, that painted walls throughout the nightclub district.  (YouTube)

The city’s public works department got the inspiration from a group in Hamburg, that painted walls throughout the nightclub district. (YouTube)

The city’s public works director got the idea from a community group in Hamburg, Germany, a tourist hot spot visited by millions annually, according to sfgate.com.

The IG St Pauli group said they were fed up with boozed-up bar crawlers peeing in back alleys, underpasses and even children’s playgrounds.

The group slathered the paint on walls around the nightclub district in the city.  The group put up signs along the painted walls reading, “DO NOT PEE HERE!  We pee back.”