We’ve heard of the German terms sitzpinkler and stehpinkler, and now we learn that wildpinkler means someone who pees outside. The city of Hamburg, Germany, has a problem with wildpinklers in its St. Pauli district. Around 20 million people travel to the area’s beer halls every year, and many of the male visitors stop by the nearest wall to relieve themselves. But the city found a way to fight back.
While researching ways to discourage “Wildpinkler” – “free pee-ers” – annoyed members of IG St Pauli came across a hydrophobic paint which literally makes water droplets bounce off.
That means that anyone hoping to relieve themselves in unorthodox locations around the neighbourhood must reckon with the risk of a soaking for their shoes and trousers.
Now there are signs reading “Don't pee here! We'll pee back,” on specially-treated walls around the area.