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German Court Upholds Tenant's Right to Pee Standing Up

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A photo taken on May 4, 2010 shows toilets at a bathroom in Kimberley. Tenants in a rented apartment may stand up while peeing in their own bathroom, a German court said on January 22, 2015 after the district court in the western city of Duesseldorf ruled in favour of a man suing the owner of his flat for the full refund of his 3,000-euro ($3,490) deposit.STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP - Getty Images file

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BERLIN - A German court ruled in favor of mens' right to pee standing up on Thursday, after a landlord tried to retain part of a tenant's 3,000 euro deposit for allegedly damaging the marble floor of a toilet by sprinkling it with urine.

The debate about whether men should stand or sit is no laughing matter in Germany, where some toilets have red traffic-style signs forbidding the standing position. There is also a derogatory term for men who sit down to pee - "Sitzpinkler" - which implies that it is not masculine behavior.

Judge Stefan Hank in the city of Duesseldorf said men who insist on standing "must expect occasional rows with housemates, especially women" but cannot be held to account for collateral damage. "Despite growing domestication of men in this matter, urinating while standing up is still widespread," he said.

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