Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This Used to Be a Crime

Now it is encouraged.  Many years ago, a friend told me of having to take a leak in Central Park at night and since NYPD was in the middle of one of its periodic "crackdown on crime" stunts he was arrested for public indecency as an exhibitionist and was for life a registered sex offender.  4/19/16 CBS News:
SAN FRANCISCO- A religious organization has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal it calls unsanitary and indecent from a popular park.

The Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from the iconic Dolores Park.

The group says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only with plants for privacy, "emanates offensive odors," ''has no hand-washing facilities" and "it's offensive to manners and morals."

The lawsuit further alleges that the facility installed in February discriminates against women and the disabled and exposes those who use it to "shame and embarrassment."
Not surprisingly, the comments from the LGBT community are very supportive of it.  I am guessing the observation deck is very popular.  This of course in a city that only recently banned public nudity to ferocious protests.