Public service announcement - Do not pee in public or you could be branded for life

by | Aug 11, 2009 09:00 AM ET

If you have ever gone backpacking, you have probably taken a whizz in the woods. That might incline you, in an act of desperation, to try to take a discreet whizz in a more populated park closer to civilization. That could be a big mistake:

America's unjust sex laws

In all, 674,000 Americans are on sex-offender registries—more than the population of Vermont, North Dakota or Wyoming. The number keeps growing partly because in several states registration is for life and partly because registries are not confined to the sort of murderer who ensnared Megan Kanka. According to Human Rights Watch, at least five states require registration for people who visit prostitutes, 29 require it for consensual sex between young teenagers and 32 require it for indecent exposure. Some prosecutors are now stretching the definition of “distributing child pornography” to include teens who text half-naked photos of themselves to their friends.

Peeing within eyeshot of anyone who might be offended by such would be indecent exposure.

So where can you safely pee? Obviously in a restroom. Also, with care, in a porta-potty, provided it is not on fire.

And now you can also pee in the shower. In fact, you are encouraged to pee in the shower to save water and help the environment:

Pee in the Shower: Save the Rainforest

What does urination location have to with saving rainforests? The group says that by avoiding one toilet flush each day, an average household can save up to 4,380 liters (1,157 gallons) of water annually.

[[[Jump to previous PSA - cover the peephole in the door of your hotel room, and check the walls for holes, or your nude photos end up on the web]]]

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