Well, that's one way for your town to make money.
Small towns conducive to tourism in the summertime can always expect an influx of cash during the hot months, and Put-In-Bay, Ohio is no exception. According to northwestohio.com today, the small resort town brought in over $5,000 this summer just from the fines paid by people who we slapped with public urination citations.
Most offenders--that is, people who decide not to contest the charge in court--pay a total of $165 for urinating in public, which includes $80 for the act and $85 for the court fee. However, fines can range from $80 all the way to $150. This summer, 30 men and two women were charged with urinating in public for a total of $5,280 coming in to Put-In-Bay.
UPI also added that the public urination offense was put in the books over a decade ago as a way to mitigate the more serious charge of indecent exposure being levied on vacationers. The town's public relations officer, Don Dress, said the frequency of citations being issued is what led to a lesser charge being put into place.
Despite the frequent citations, the "when you have to go, you have to go" excuse might do the trick if the arresting officer is lenient enough. Dress said that not everyone committing the offense actually receives a ticket and the fining is up to the discretion of each officer.