Jack Knox: memo to drunken yobs: keep it in your pants

May 27, 2008 at 9:07 am 2 comments

Times-Colonist funny man Jack Knox lets go on the issue of public urination in Downtown.

…most of the people befouling the alcoves, stairwells and storefronts are coming from somewhere with a washroom, going somewhere with a washroom, and dressed nicely enough that you would let them use yours if you found them dancing the gotta-pee polka on your doorstep.

What, [Councillor Charlayne] Thornton-Joe wants to know, can we do to change the culture that lets men — and it is almost always men — think public urination is acceptable. (My suggestion, involving shotguns and rock salt, was deemed inappropriate.)

There’s been a bit of controversy over whether the pop-up urinals were ever going to make an appearance. There are some in City Hall that have been advocating them and others that are more wary, especially as the details on how challenging it will be to maintain a complex unit whose European builder has no Canadian warranty or office. Maybe if Holland-based Urilift were to manufacture a unit specifically geared toward the North American market we can get this initiative back on track. Meantime, we can step up enforcement. A few more $200 fines will get the word out that Downtown streets are not the place to wee. Unfortunately, the bulk of the fine goes to the Province, not the City, so fining public troublemakers is a money losing proposition for us!

Entry filed under: social issues.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yule Heibel  |  May 27, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    I loved Knox’s column today — almost enough to make me write a letter to the editor to say so! I’m 100% with Knox, and if you think the $200 fine makes us lose money (since we’re paying for the policing, but not getting the $$ — at least not until some of it trickles [sorry] back to us via some convoluted transfer scheme), maybe we should institute Knox’s approach, outlined on p.2 of the e-version of his column, which involved making the miscreants clean up their messes …while wearing nothing but a thong, in daylight, and posting their clean-up operation to YouTube. Tough love, man! Gotta start somewhere… :-)

  • 2. robertrandall  |  May 27, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    This is the type of offense that might be fixed by sending the offender to a Community Court, where they would be dealt with within 24 hours and be forced to make restitution. Again, the bar crowd, not the homeless are the most egregious offenders. In fact, I have witnessed these fancily-dressed drunken yobs abuse panhandlers late at night with verbal threats and acts like happily kicking over their panhandling hats.


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