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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: You're Sh*tting Me!
By MrBlastman on 12/27/2013 1:26:23 PM , Rating: 2
You've never been on MARTA, have you? I have. They do their damndest to piss off the people riding the trains. I guess some go the next step...

Okay, okay, in all seriousness. Downtown Atlanta might be a complicated mire of nonsensical streets, it does have one standard--don't ever go south of Ponce De Leon Avenue. If you do, you better be packing heat. The area of town south of there is a cesspool. There are still some okay spots, but for the most part, it is pretty bad. Atlanta is full of poverty and underprivledged people but I'm willing to bet the ones pissing on the elevators are either the crazies (I've seen 'em on the train and stations and when they go off... holy crap. It can be pretty scary) or the homeless. We've got a large homeless population here.


RE: You're Sh*tting Me!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 12/27/2013 1:32:51 PM , Rating: 2
I've only been to Atlanta a few times, but I do remember like 9 out of 10 streets being named Peachtree.


RE: You're Sh*tting Me!
By MrBlastman on 12/27/2013 2:39:47 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, there are more than that. I believe we have over 71 streets named Peachtree-something.


RE: You're Sh*tting Me!
By michael67 on 12/27/2013 6:20:38 PM , Rating: 3
I loved what they did at my home town, one of the +500y old churches in town got used all the time to piss at, and it was rotting away the stones.

What they did was they chiseled away the cement between stones at 50cm/20" height from the ground, put in a cobber wire, and covered it whit some porous cement.

And then connected the wire to a electric cattle fence, it dose not mater how drunk you are, you learn your lesson the first time you do it. ^_^


RE: You're Sh*tting Me!
By PaFromFL on 12/28/2013 9:52:00 AM , Rating: 2
That's a creative idea and an inexpensive feedback mechanism requiring no new laws or enforcers. But don't you then also have the problem of cleaning up the resulting fecal matter?


RE: You're Sh*tting Me!
By michael67 on 12/28/2013 10:21:34 AM , Rating: 1
You don't shit your self just because your electrify your dick, and even if you do, all guys ware pants, so worse that happens they also shit there pants.

When it just was installed i actually saw the system in action, next to pain, the laughing is also fairly humiliating I think, as it was real entertaining to watch people walk/run away in shame. ^_^


RE: You're Sh*tting Me!
By PaFromFL on 12/28/2013 1:52:27 PM , Rating: 2
So the fecal side effect is only a problem in Scotland?


RE: You're Sh*tting Me!
By Mint on 12/29/2013 6:15:50 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, you're saying this is a true story and the system actually worked?

There was a Mythbusters on this (peeing on electrified railroad tracks) and it turns out that the pea stream always breaks up in flight. Unless you're equipped with a ridiculously large urethra, there's never a conducting path from your penis to the ground.


RE: You're Sh*tting Me!
By michael67 on 12/29/2013 7:08:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Wait, you're saying this is a true story and the system actually worked?

Yeah it works, like i said, they put up the wire at 20"/50cm thats ware stream is still has not broken up.

https://www.google.com/search?q=pissing+electric+f...

quote:
there's never a conducting path from your penis to the ground.

Actually you dont need much to have a path with high voltage, but even if you dont have a path, your body will still act like a compensator and have enough mass to give you a shock.

Just like with static electricity, only because its generated it got a bid mere oomph to it.


RE: You're Sh*tting Me!
By Reclaimer77 on 12/29/2013 8:02:47 PM , Rating: 2
You know I'm honestly shocked (no pun) they would do that. It doesn't take much voltage to harm a person or cause your heart to stop.

And what happens when it rains and that wall is soaking wet and some unsuspecting person puts their hand on it?

That's just such an extreme solution to the problem...


RE: You're Sh*tting Me!
By michael67 on 12/30/2013 1:04:13 AM , Rating: 2
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It doesn't take much voltage to harm a person or cause your heart to stop.

It dose actually, and the power has also have to run true the hart, what it wont do here.

Next to that, I think you right, thats why almost non of those cattle farmers use it, as dead cattle is a real problem with those fences.

They also properly did not ask a doctor what the risk was of real physical harm, as even do lawsuits outcome and settlement are not as crazy as in the US, it would properly still be a problem on the churches balance book.

quote:
And what happens when it rains and that wall is soaking wet and some unsuspecting person puts their hand on it?

First of i think most of the power would be drained of by the grounding effect that you would have, next to that a rain censor would fix that problem easily.

quote:
That's just such an extreme solution to the problem...

I find it a brilliant solution, as 2 weeks after they installed it, the urine smell was gone, and literally no one ignores the no pissing sign with the electric lightning bolt.

like we say in Holland, "even a donkey would not hurt him self twice on the same stone".


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