BELGA/WAEM

Chips for students to stop urinating in public!

The authorities in the fair city of Ghent had a treat in store for students on Wednesday evening.  In an action intended to discourage urinating on the public highway Ghent offered a free pack of chips to every 100th customer using the public loo in the Overpoortstraat, the area where the nightlife for Ghent students is located.

Ghent's prevention department is targeting students with an information campaign that runs until 15 November.  Students are being asked to use public loos and not to urinate on the public highway.  Urinating on the public highway can land you a 60 euro fine. Now 60 euros, that could buy you 20 packs of chips and that's exactly what the Ghent loo lady doled out to hungry students who had already had a drink!

Each and every year Ghent hands out some 300 nuisance fines to people who urinated in public spaces.  Signs have now been posted in the Overpoortstraat pointing students in the direction of two mobile loos.