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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Urine is Sterile

posted by on September 30 at 10:34 AM


…so this occurance reported by Hot Tipper Jessica is nowhere near as bad as what happens annually to bike seats at this. But still:

When I was walking out of the Olympic Athletic Center towards Ballard Ave around 8:40 pm, I saw a homeless man standing strangely close to a locked-up bike. Once I walked closer, I noticed that he was drenching the middle section of the bike (including the seat) with his pee stream. Bummer. Maybe I should have left a note for the owner.

Dear Jessica: Thank you for noticing and sharing.
Everyone else: Should Jessica have left a note for the bike’s owner?

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She should have kicked the bum in the balls.

Posted by Rotten666 | September 30, 2008 11:01 AM

Urine is only sterile if the person doesn't have a urinary tract infection. And people who are malnourished are more likely to have those sorts of opportunistic infections.

I recommend a breed ban on Homeless.

Posted by Dr. Savage Mudede | September 30, 2008 11:13 AM

Whatever happened to direct action? Why did she not yell "Hey asshole, stop pissing on that bike!"? she could have done it from a safe distance. There were probably other people around.

If she had left a note would she have written "homeless person", "bum", "asshole" or something else?

The fact that she did nothing then wrote in because she felt a residual guilt is very strange.

Posted by inkweary | September 30, 2008 11:14 AM

How I miss passive-agressive Seattle life; here in Chicago nobody would have written anything to anyone to ease their conscience. The bum would have been completely ignored, unless it was a messenger's bike, whereupon the first messenger to notice would have promptly kicked the bum in his back as he rode by.

Posted by Banna | September 30, 2008 11:19 AM

@3 -- I strongly suspect the allegedly homeless man WAS engaging in "direct action" toward a particular offending cyclist no longer in the field of view.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | September 30, 2008 11:28 AM

What? No option for "let the poor slob find out on his own when the smell of pee hits his nose" ?

Posted by Carol | September 30, 2008 12:30 PM

I don't think you need to leave a note - the urine will advertise its presence quite effectively.

Posted by Greg | September 30, 2008 12:51 PM

I would leave a note but only if he pooped on the bike. The note would say "Have a nice day!"

Posted by Vince | September 30, 2008 1:42 PM

Was is a fixie? I'll need to know before I can vote.

Posted by brian | September 30, 2008 1:44 PM

@9 for the win.

But, seriously, whoever owns that bike needs to relube the chain. Pee'll corrode the shit out of it...

Posted by Bike Maintenance Is No Joke | September 30, 2008 2:31 PM

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