Town Square

Public Urination

Original post made by Just Thinking Out Loud, Midtown, on Mar 2, 2007

Did the gentleman who found the body on Page Mill get cited for urinating in public?
I hope not, but it would be uneven enforcement if not.


Posted by actually
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2007 at 3:10 pm

The article says

"It was discovered Wednesday after 6 p.m. by a man who pulled over to relieve himself,"

which only documents intent, so maybe he is only guilty of

Intent to commit Public Urination.

I'm sure he would be relieved to find his time in any penile institution would pass very quickly. ;^)

Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 2, 2007 at 3:41 pm

I listen to 1590 on the AM. They did a segment on sex offenders recently, talking about the need to track them. The woman they were interviewing complained that too many offenses get lumped into the "sexual offender" pile and the system does not track the differences. She said someone who is arrested for urinating in public gets the same treatment as a violent rapist.

I really don't consider this to be a laughing matter. Apparently, if that was correct, his life could be ruined.

Posted by actually
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2007 at 3:48 pm

You are right. It is a shame that crime leaked out in public. ;^)

Posted by Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 3, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Do the homeless get cited in Downtown Palo Alto for public urination? I doubt it.

Posted by Mayfield Child
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 8, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Did anyone actually "see him" urniate? Or is this all self incrimination?????????? Which would be thrown out in court, I would think...?..........

Posted by I PEE TOO
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2007 at 6:42 pm


Posted by Another mother here
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 9, 2007 at 3:46 pm

No big thing. Case dismissed.


Hopefully the real case will get solved...So sorry for the family.

Posted by Anne
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Yes, transients or any other person uriniting in public get cited. As a misdemeanor, an officer must see the violation in order to be able to cite, or have a member of the public who witnessed the violation make a private person arrest.

Posted by Miss Anthrop
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 17, 2007 at 10:31 pm

Thanks for the update. You really know a lot about urination laws. That's great! Let's keep those transients on the move, and lock em up if they dare to urinate anywhere that is unsuitable, like in your front lawn, or even worse, your begonias. Keep up the wonderful work. I appreciate all your efforts! Go Blue!