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People in paris are a little pee’d off at some new installations on Paris city streets.
City officials have rolled out four bright red public urinals on streets where they say public peeing has become a problem. The device is essentially a box with an opening in the front and a floral display on top so it’s not a complete eyesore. Plus it’s eco-friendly; inside the box is straw, which after a certain number of uses can be transformed into compost for parks and gardens.
But people who live in the affected neighborhoods are not fans of the outdoor bathrooms. One of them is next to Notre Dame cathedral and overlooks tourist boats passing on the seine. Local residents say it’s immodest and ugly for such a historic neighborhood and are petitioning to have it removed.
They say they can’t understand why men need to relieve themselves in the street. They say installing these open air urinals gives them the idea their behavior is acceptable. But city officials are moving forward saying a fifth urinal is now planned.
Wonder which side can hold out longer?
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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