A German court has ruled in favor of a man’s right to urinate while standing up after his landlord demanded money for damage to the bathroom floor.
The landlord, who was seeking €1,900 ($2,200), claimed the marble floor had ben damaged by urine.
But the Düsseldorf judge ruled that the man’s method was within cultural norms, saying “urinating standing up is still common practice.”
There is some debate in Germany about whether men should sit or stand to urinate.
Some toilets have red traffic-style signs forbidding the standing position — but those who choose to sit are often referred to as a “Sitzpinkler,” implying that it isn’t masculine behavior.
Stefan Hank, a judge who agreed with an expert’s analysis that suggested that urine could have damaged the bathroom floor:
“Despite growing domestication of men in this matter, urinating while standing up is still common practice.”