Let me keep it real with y’all, I’ve pissed in the street plenty of times.
I mean, you know how it is. You’ve been out drinking all night and when the Remy’s in the system, ain’t no telling will I hold it or just piss em. In fact a friend of mine has even called me a “Triple P”, Professional Public Pisser, because I’m just so slick with it that I’ve never been caught by five-o.
But my accomplishments as a Triple P is nothing compared to people in China. They really take public pissing to a whole different level and there’s something we can all learn from them.
Earlier this month, a family from mainland China on vacation in Hong Kong, let their two year old son take a leak in the middle of a crowded shopping street. A bystander takes a video which then becomes viral, and now people from both Hong Kong and mainland China are pissed off at the boy’s parents for their lack of civility. When confronted by the crowd, the boy’s mother argues that her son just couldn’t hold it, simple as that.
If you’ve ever been to mainland China, you’d know that public urination is not too out of the ordinary. Now don’t get the impression that the streets are covered in urine. I’m just saying occasionally you’ll see grandma’s helping their grandchildren water the flowers. But I wouldn’t call it weird, it’s just a cultural difference and how they were raised. Many Chinese from small towns and villages outside big cities, have different standards on what’s publicly acceptable and what’s not. Essentially, they just give less of a fuck than city folk. However public urination in Hong Kong is illegal and could land the boy’s parents a 2,000 HK dollar fine ($250).
On the flip side, some people are criticizing the Hong Kongers for their hostility. The poor kid was just two years old after all and if he had to go, that’s all he needed to know. If I saw my parents being yelled at and surrounded by a mob for me simply peeing, I’d probably shit myself too.
To gauge the opinion of the nation, popular Chinese social media site Sina Weibo conducted a survey asking “How do you feel about kids peeing on the street?” The results were quite surprising. The issue of public urination has long created a divide amongst the Chinese. China is now a superpower in the eyes of the world, but are they giving a conflicting impression when in front of these shiny new buildings, are kids peeing in public? What do you think? I just hope that one day my countrymen can unite and pee together in peace. For now, I’ll be holding it down in the streets of NYC.