We’re no urban planners or policy makers here at Boston.com, but we know a good idea when we see one. That was our initial thought when we saw this sign, purportedly from the Czech Republic, posted on Twitter.
In Czech Republic, this is how you threat people, so they don't do bad things... pic.twitter.com/fk0MyBuqQf— Marek Sotak (@sotak) August 19, 2014
Is it real? We hope so. But to paraphrase Voltaire, “If the Czech YouTube Pee-Pee Threat did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it.’’ In other words, let’s bring this policy to Boston. Immediately.
In all honesty, we’re sort of already there, at least when it comes to the MBTA. The folks who run the Transit Police Twitter stream have already addressed public urination with their #MBTA etiquette campaign:
MBTA etiquette: please do not urinate or even attempt to on platform. Totally unacceptable. Thank you pic.twitter.com/gaF0apCQFn— MBTA Transit Police (@MBTATransitPD) July 24, 2014
It’s not clear that you really need more than a snapshot to make the point, and we really don’t want to know who’s gonna watch the YouTube videos, but it can’t hurt to try.