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Please do not urinate in the lift.

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MissHooliesCardigan Fri 27-May-16 13:37:50

I've just visited someone in a tower block. In the foyer, there is a notice written on Local Authority paper saying,
Residents or visitors should not urinate in the lift or stairwell. Doing so is in breach of your tenancy agreement'.

Do people actually need this spelled out?! If you are in the lift, you must either live there or be visiting someone who lives there and, presumably, has a toilet. It's not the first time I've seen these kind of notices. Is this some kind of weird territory marking thing?

bombayflambe Fri 27-May-16 13:40:13

I think it's a drunks or kids caught short thing. The lift or stairs are marginally more private than being outside.

suitsyousir79 Fri 27-May-16 13:40:19

In some areas of east london i visit for work they have these and no spitting signs in tower blocks.

DaisyAdair Fri 27-May-16 13:41:43

Disgusting isn't it? I can still remember the awful stench inside phone boxes - a mixture of fags and piss! Why?

museumum Fri 27-May-16 13:42:00

I lived in an ex council flat in London where the lift always smelt of wee. It was a nice block and everyone seemed like reasonable people but somebody must have been doing it.
We were only on the second floor so we just didn't use it.

MissHooliesCardigan Fri 27-May-16 13:42:10

bombay But there's an intercom system so you have to be buzzed in by someone. You can't just walk in.

MaisieDotes Fri 27-May-16 13:43:04

I don't think people that piss in lifts adhere to signs much.

DailyMailYobos Fri 27-May-16 13:43:09

Unfortunately, yes, some people need it to be spelt out for them and still continue to ignore it.

Akire Fri 27-May-16 13:43:20

It's just disgusting men! No women would just pee because they could. Lazy disguising ditto peeing in phone boxes. I live in busy part west London busy road a van driver stopped his van over looked by houses and flats both sides by one those green telephone boxes and just peed!!

Signs make no difference ditto spitting fly tipping kids dropping rubbish some people like living in hovel

AnchorDownDeepBreath Fri 27-May-16 13:45:16

But there's an intercom system so you have to be buzzed in by someone.

Unless everyone actually checks who is at the door, it doesn't matter. People will just buzz everyone until someone presses to open the door. Usually either at inappropriate times like tea time or during the evening.

We have a neighbour who does it, and for a while we had strange people sleeping downstairs. No one urinated, thankfully.

ClopySow Fri 27-May-16 13:46:49

I live in a high rise. There is piss in the lift most mornings. I think they do it for kicks.

Some days, the teens (i assume) spit all over the lift. You have to check the walls before you lean against them.

The worst was the day it had been puked in. But puking is harder to stop than spitting or pissing, so i don't think they were being dirty bastards like the pissers or spitters.

It was once covered in blood too. So that was nice. I had to phone the emergency number to get specialist cleaners out that day.

You know that whole sex in a lift thing that people get a bit 'phwoar' about? After 9 years with this lift, i will never find that idea sexy.

Fuckthisforausername Fri 27-May-16 13:51:23

I lived in a block where the neighbours dogs were scared of the lift so continually peed in it. Not good if you went in straight after them. He did bleach the lift (and our hallway) quite often though to make up for it.

frankie001 Fri 27-May-16 14:18:24

My friend lives in a block of flats. Same thing, one lift always stank of piss. They ended up putting cctv in and turns out it was a delivery man.

Shannyfanny Fri 27-May-16 14:24:16

the tenancy doesn't mean anything so people will do what they want. The only time anyone gets evicted from social housing is if they dont pay rent

ChicRock Fri 27-May-16 14:26:57


If you're the type of person to urinate in a lift then I doubt a sign by the Local Authority would put you off, the people doing it can probably barely even read.

Theoretician Fri 27-May-16 14:53:58

In Singapore it is specifically against the law to urinate in a lift.

Obviously everyone hates an elevator that smells like urine, but Singapore officials really hate it. Some elevators are equipped with Urine Detection Devices. These UDDs can actually detect urine odor in elevators, which set off an alarm. Once this alarm goes off, the doors of the elevator close until the police arrive and arrest the perpetrator.

You can apparently also be fined $1000 if you litter.

Singapore is a clean and beautiful city. It also gives social housing a good name, as (from memory) about 70% of housing falls into that category. (And virtually all housing is high-rise.) The social housing high-rises are considerably nicer than their UK equivalents.

whois Fri 27-May-16 14:58:26

OMg love the automatic lock in if urine is detected!

I went to do a viewing at a flat he other week - turned out to be in a not so low rise not so ex ex-local authority block (I'd thought it was in the low rise across the road).

Anyway the loft stank of piss. That's a 'no' from me.

Theoretician Fri 27-May-16 14:59:47

That same link reminds me that you can also be fined for spitting, or not flushing a public lavatory. You also won't be able to buy chewing gum, as it's illegal to import it. (So you won't find it stuck to pavements, or anything else.)

Reading on, apparently there is mandatory caning for vandalism, including creating graffiti.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 27-May-16 15:02:18

Urghhh I remember the smell in phone boxes!

TheFairyCaravan Fri 27-May-16 15:02:19

DS2 and I went to get in the lift in Primark once, but we couldn't because the cleaner was cleaning up after someone had taken a shit in there. 😷😷

It's the fastest lift known to man, and only goes up one floor, I still don't know how they managed it!

Floggingmolly Fri 27-May-16 15:02:25

If you're skanky enough to piss in a lift; a polite notice asking you not to is unlikely to make much difference.

Theoretician Fri 27-May-16 15:03:32

I'm not advocating caning, but in general I wish UK politicians gave as much of a fuck about maintaining public places as Singapore does. I'm not just talking about prevention of harm, on the positive side the drive from the airport in Singapore is stunning, with mile after mile of dual carriageway (highway?) planted with flowering bushes in the centre reservation. There are also lots of beautiful trees.

Theoretician Fri 27-May-16 15:04:56

Mistake: you can import chewing gum, you just can't sell it there.

JillyTheDependableBoot Fri 27-May-16 15:06:25

I used to live in an ex-LA flat and there was constantly piss in the lift, even though it wasn't a high rise. I think it was kids playing outside and not wanting to go back in for a wee. Was fucking grim.

MissHooliesCardigan Fri 27-May-16 15:24:46

Maybe now that there are hardly any phone boxes, the phone box pissers have had to turn to lifts to pursue their 'hobby'.

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