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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 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
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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...

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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.

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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.

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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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