Public Urination is Perfectly Legal in University Park, Probably Won't be after Tuesday
Here's something they don't tell you when you stroll into University Park: You're perfectly welcome to piss or shit wherever you please. That's the law, anyways. The city apparently lacks an ordinance, standard among modern municipalities, banning public urination or defecation.
It's an omission city officials can no longer ignore, which is why the City Council will consider a measure on Tuesday that would make relieving oneself alfresco a misdemeanor subject to a $200 fine.
City spokesman Steve Mace told WFAA that UP police occasionally come upon people -- construction workers and college kids mainly -- availing themselves of a handy tree or bush. But it was only several weeks ago, when officers caught individual in flagrante delicto and realized they had no authority to arrest him or issue a citation, that they finally concluded something needed to change.
WFAA interviewed a handful of residents, all of whom were duly shocked. Whether they were more upset by UP's legal loophole or the thought that people would go to the bathroom outside is hard to tell.
"It's just etiquette to clean up after your dog, so I can't imagine why a human can go use the bathroom in somebody's yard," resident Kenny Huff told the station.
It's obviously been a long time since he was in college.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Observer's biggest stories.
- Dallas Police Chief David Brown Loses a Right-Hand Man
Thu., Feb. 11, 7:00pm
Fri., Feb. 12, 8:00pm
Sat., Feb. 13, 2:00pm
Sat., Feb. 13, 7:00pm
- Please Don't Kill the Nanny State Yet, at Least Not in Dallas. We Need Our Nanny.
- Houston vs Dallas: How Super Bowl Performers Stack Up