YspeopleExplore tab

Don’t you love the smell of stale urine in the morning!


Thumb angry biker showing middle finger with both hands 000078716059 small

About Subversive

Do you have your own gripe with your local or state government? And what are the streets like in your part of town, in your home state?

If you'd like me to fire a rocket up them, or a shoddy business, I'm listening! You can email me here.


There's nothing like the stench of stale urine punching you in the face on the way to work.

I'd been away for a week in a second-world country, surrounded by the smells of an unfamiliar culture -- not always pleasant, but better than the stink of stale urine.

Public urination is a serious problem in Perth.

Public urination is a serious problem in Perth. What about in your city? Picture: Shutterstock

 I arrived back in Perth at 6am on Saturday, returning directly to the office to pick up my car and go out for breakfast before hitting the sack. The taxi dropped me at the William St entry to the Murray St Mall, and as I alighted the vehicle I was confronted by a group of aggressive, drunken men pushing and shoving each other -- a feature of Perth that I had not missed while away.

Else>>>om Subversive Sam:

Will anyone fix the social issues in the City of Perth?

WA Govt, City of Perth ignore inner-city piggery

Oi, cyclists ... get off our bloody footpaths!

To retrieve my car from the underground garage, I had to walk down an alley next to the building. I was immediately assaulted by the smell of stale urine first thing in the morning. My eyes told me that I was in a Perth CBD alleyway, while my nose told me that i was in a third-world untreated sewage plant.

I immediately thought of Robert Duval in the movie Apocalypse Now, announcing to his troops: ''I love the smell of napalm in the morning.'' Except that I was not in a movie, I was not in Vietnam and there was nothing to love about the smell of stale urine (not that I have ever smelt napalm).

Later in the day I returned to park my car and go to the office to catch up on the work I couldn't complete while I was away. This time I was greeted by an even staler stench of smell of urine -- it having ripened in the sun -- and a woman having a cigarette away from the gaze of her employer, while breathing in more than lung-poisoning nicotine. Who knows what breathing in stale urine fumes for seven minutes does to a human being.

When I walked past her, she commented on the stench and suggested that it was an outcome of the Australia Day celebrations the day and night before, including the fireworks show. Later, one of my work colleagues suggested that on a big night like January 26, when the city was crowded, our neighbouring alley became the ''Perth public toilet block''.

This left me wondering where the public toilets are in Perth. There may be some, but I have no idea where they are. I have no idea where the people without an office or residence in Perth go to relieve themselves.

Amsterdam's public urinals are keeping its streets clean.

Amsterdam's public urinals are keeping its streets clean. Picture: Shutterstock

 Can anyone tell me? Where are the public conveniences in the City of Perth? Do other Australian cities have adequate public conveniences that are well known to people who need them?

From the way, it is not just men who use the alley in question as a urinal. I have seen women using it for that same purpose --  often more discretely and with a lookout, but with the same outcome? And for anyone who may think this behaviour is ethnically based, let me assure you it is not. There are no evident ethnic patterns or  demographic factors influencing who uses this alley as a public toilet.

Does any one think this behaviour is acceptable?

Does anyone else out there find the smell of stale urine offensive?

Have people had similar experiences in other Australian cities?

Does anyone have any idea why the City of Perth will not address this issue? 

C'Mon, share your thoughts here. We'd love to know.

Banner 2
| Your rating
No ratings yet


Related stories

Trickle-down economics my arse.

How big business is giving you the shaft

Are you battling to make ends meet thanks to stagnant wages and lack of jobs? Here's who's to blame.

Politics Social Issues Community Business Money
Expand
5 days ago
(Money & Business)
What impact will the eventual death of Queen Elizabeth have on us in Australia?.

What happens to us when the Queen dies?

 

As a part of the Commonwealth, the impact on Australia will be greater than you think.

UK Australia Community Social Issues Politics
Expand
5 days ago
(Money & Business)
Myer - no Harrods.

Good riddance to Myer's CEO!

And there are plenty more who should follow him. Don't these obscene executive salaries make you furious?

Business Money
Expand
11 days ago
(Money & Business)
New CBA CEO Matt Comyn.

Why 'banker' should start with a W

It's our fault that the big banks treat us with such contempt and arrogance. Time to hit back by taking our mortgages and...

Community Money Business
Expand
12 days ago
(Money & Business)
The dingy alleyway that leads to 78 Records is full of bins and junkies.

What it's like to work in junkie alley

An alleyway that almost everybody in the city walks past everyday, directly opposite the entrance to our underground train...

Politics Western Australia Social Issues
Expand
14 days ago
(Money & Business)
No joke, I've had enough of this kind of customer service.

Your money is valued, but you aren't

You can always trust Subversive Sam to call out shoddy business practises where he sees them. Join him in his fight for what's...

Business Community Social Issues Money
Expand
17 days ago
(Money & Business)
Who would you employ? Picture: Shutterstock.

Who would you employ?

Two terrific candidates, one correct answer to a question. But who I'd choose is not who you'd think.

Money Business
Expand
20 days ago
(Money & Business)
Malindo Air ignored its responsibilities to passengers flying out of KL.

Let's stick it to airlines who treat us like cattle

I'm furious after again being treated with contempt by airlines and their staff. Share your own horror stories here.

Money Business International Travel
Expand
24 days ago
(Money & Business)
Centrelink has contempt for the community it serves.

Centrelink demonstrates contempt for community

Why senior heads should roll over Centrelink's appalling phone query wait times.

Business Australia Social Issues Politics
Expand
About 1 month ago
(Money & Business)
Have we been sold a lemon with the NBN? And what should we do about it? Picture: Shutterstock.

What should we do about the NBN?

The NBN is now being called a lemon. So where to now and what are the best alternatives? Vent here, we're listening!

Politics Australia Technology
Expand
About 1 month ago
(Money & Business)
Trending stories
Don Bradman - number 2?.

The poet who beat Don Bradman to No.1

When it comes to great...

(Entertainment & Culture) 3 days ago
Top Indonesian chef Chandra Yudasswara will be cooking up a secret storm for Taste Great Southern.

Celebrity chef set for a Secret Affair in Great Southern

Take one of Indonesia's top...

(Epicure) About 1 month ago
Comedic actor Leslie Neilsen's grave stone is a beauty.

We're all just a little dash between two dates

But there are some who get...

(Entertainment & Culture) 4 days ago
Trickle-down economics my arse.

How big business is giving you the shaft

Are you battling to make...

(Money & Business) 5 days ago
When it comes to great bloggers you can connect with, this list has you covered.

20 mature bloggers worth following

Looking for Australian...

(Entertainment & Culture) 11 months ago
Weekly Poll
Haiku of the week
Mzozsn6uhmpeu1xeugbm
Photographic memories
G5udx6syeevxkzlwtxao
Who remembers these fashion trends of yesteryear? Share your fashionable photos from the past with us!