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Atlanta wants people to stop peeing in its elevators

Atlanta has an odorific problem with people urinating in the elevators used in the city train stations. Some people describe the smell of the elevators as akin to a Porta-John that you might see at an outdoor concert.
"The smell hits you so bad. You hold your breath just to hurry up and get off the elevator," said Alicia Porter, a rider on a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train.
To help stop people from urinating in the elevators, MARTA has installed a urine detection system in the elevators. That system includes sensors that are able to detect urine and a camera to catch the offender literally with their pants down.
The sensors alert MARTA police who are able to respond immediately and catch the offender in the act. The transit system currently has 111 elevators, and one offender has already been caught.
While the efforts to catch habitual urinators are admirable, the system doesn’t come cheap. The urine detection system reportedly costs about $10,000 per elevator.

Sources: WSBTV, Wired

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RE: Wonder what is faster to get PD response?
By mmatis on 12/27/2013 12:50:00 PM , Rating: 1
Surely you know the answer to that question. Calling 911 does not generate any revenue for the city. And that is without even taking into account whether the 911 operator you get is an AA hire who can't understand any language other than Ebonics.

Of course, the city is likely to find out that most of the urine in the elevator comes from Mere Citizens who have to ride that car with a pack of "urban youfs"...

By lagomorpha on 12/30/2013 12:20:32 PM , Rating: 2
That's good to know. Now if I'm ever mugged in an elevator in Atlanta instead of calling the police I can just unzip my pants.

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