Full-bladdered Baltimoreans, consider this your first warning: Canton is watching, and if you pee on their walls, or in their alleys, or on their cars (!!), you may well be called out for it on the Internet.
The upside of living in Canton is the nightlife; the downside of living in Canton is all those drunk jerks who have been enjoying that nightlife. Tired of waking up in the morning to find that someone else’s drunken revelry resulted in a pool of pee on the stoop/in the flowerpot/wherever, a group of concerned Cantonites started yougotcaughtpissing.com, which features photos and videos of public urinators. “Unfortunately, in today’s society, the general public can no longer depend on their elected officials or their often understaffed police departments to control those that piss in the face of society,” they write on their website. “Therefore, it is up to the citizens to take back the streets from the Pissers and other criminals.”
The site is one of a few local attempts at controlling bad behavior by public shaming; there’s also Baltimore Slumlord Watch (“If you own vacant property in Baltimore City, clean it up!”) and the now-defunct Pigtown John Watch. YGCP is the least serious (and least outraged) of these, but it does seem to have struck a chord with the community.
“When I was younger and drank more often, I didn’t urinate in the street. You just didn’t do that. It should be common sense. Even for drunks,” Darryl Jurkiewicz, president of the Canton Community Association, told the Baltimore Guide. “To be perfectly honest, I wish there was such a Web site devoted to people who let their animals urinate and defecate on people’s property. That’s another problem.”
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