Google Street View vs. France Peeing in Public

Slow news day.

The French like to piss in public. Did you know? I had no idea. No surprise, Google Street View has documented the act a couple of times. If you look closely at this shot, you can see a couple guys behind a tree, near the side of the road in the middle of a highway:

''Three Frenchmen urinate on the side of the Autoroute in France''

[h/t SFist]

Street View caught another man standing in his front yard, peeing more nonchalantly than I thought possible. In spite of his normal demeanor, and newfound fame, he’s not very happy. He’s suing:

Although Google blurred his face, the man claims he became the “laughing stock” of his small town and brought the suit for infringement of privacy to a court in Angiers. He wants his photo taken off and 10,000 euros (around $13,000). A Google lawyer has dismissed the suit as “implausible.”

The magic moment:

[h/t Gizmodo]

Oui. She is public. She is prive. Quell mystere…

In related news, outdoor peeing in France seems to be some sort of cultural phenomenon and pride, at least according to a 2009 article in EuroKulture. To wit: “Public urination in France is more than just a problem. It’s an adrenaline rush. It’s convenient. It’s a true test of friendship for partners in crime. Urinating in the street has been added to the Ô Chateau-Parisian Wine Tasting blog, ‘Stuff Parisian People Like.'”


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