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Scottish City To Use Special Paint To Soak Public Urinators In Their Own Pee

The paint will "hopefully stop people from urinating in lifts", said an optimistic MSP.

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A special kind of paint that soaks people in their own urine if they try to pee on it is to be used in Scotland for the first time.

Urine-repellant paint, which was first used in Hamburg's party quarter last year to dish out "pee-back" to drunks, forms a "superhydrophobic" seal on surfaces, which means that any liquids which come into contact with it will immediately bounce back and soil the culprit.

In what it believes is a Scottish first, Aberdeen city council invited a pee-paint company to demonstrate the product last week and has said that over the next few weeks, it will roll out a trial of the paint in some high-rise flats in an attempt to curb "disgusting" antisocial behaviour.

SNP MSP for Aberdeen Central Kevin Stewart wrote a parliamentary motion welcoming the anti-pee paint trial and expressed his wish that it will "hopefully stop people from urinating in lifts".

"The parliament welcomes the news that Aberdeen City Council will pilot using urine-repelling paint in two multistoreys in the city [and] commends this initiative, which will hopefully stop people from urinating in lifts and stairways in Promenade and Linksfield Courts, where residents have been experiencing this antisocial behaviour," wrote Stewart.

"[Parliament] hopes that this trial is successful in halting this disgusting practice, and believes that, if this pilot is successful, the use of urine-repelling paint should be considered in other problem areas across the city."

The council's regeneration spokesman said he's "looking forward" to seeing how the product works inside the high-rise blocks in the coming weeks.

Councillor Ross Grant said: "The manufacturer's trial went reasonably well [last Friday] and we're interested in how the paint will work on site. Further trials are to be held on a variety of surfaces including high-rise buildings in regeneration areas and we look forward to finding out if the paint acts as a deterrent."

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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