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Visitor urination in public is now a thing

lynne

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I can honestly say that I experienced this when driving to Kona during a bike event - off on the side of the highway, a van for these cyclists was parked and one of the cyclists decided it was a great spot to urinate in plain sight. The traffic was moving slowly thanks to all of these vans parked on the side of the highway and cyclists hogging the road so those of us who had to get to an appointment were not only delayed, but had a show with public urination.


 

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I can honestly say that I experienced this when driving to Kona during a bike event - off on the side of the highway, a van for these cyclists was parked and one of the cyclists decided it was a great spot to urinate in plain sight. The traffic was moving slowly thanks to all of these vans parked on the side of the highway and cyclists hogging the road so those of us who had to get to an appointment were not only delayed, but had a show with public urination.


I understand your frustration with having people urinating in public on the side of the road. I am not going to defend them, but I will offer this thought since, while not a biker, we have at times had to go badly and needed to find a toilet.

These cyclists are peddling for many miles and there are usually not toilet facilities on the road so they had to go and did. My husband and I walk for numbers of miles in Honolulu as far a Diamond Head to the East and Dole Canery to the West. Many times together, but sometimes separately. My husband takes diuretics and needs to go relieve himself sometimes before I do. We do know of a number of places that have restrooms so we are OK with being able to find a restroom stop. However, at times we have noticed some restrooms are closed either for cleaning, permanently, or with room key access only. We have never had to resort to going in public but after experiencing the desparate urge to go and finding your plan upset by others you have simpathy for the homeless and others who do the unthinkable!

As I said I am not trying to excuse this behavior, but the environment that we provide to others when they are outside of a comfortable abode needs to be considered when making judgements.
 

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Not sure anyone really needs to be educated about not urinating on the side of the road. I am sure they are well aware this isn't something you do in Hawaii or anywhere. "Education" won't fix it. If you gotta go you gotta go.
 

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As I said I am not trying to excuse this behavior, but the environment that we provide to others when they are outside of a comfortable abode needs to be considered when making judgements.

The overall behavior of the triathletes in 2022 was appalling. Urination was the least of their egregious sins. Tossing plastic trash all over the place and acting like entitled [censored] was far worse.
 

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The overall behavior of the triathletes in 2022 was appalling. Urination was the least of their egregious sins. Tossing plastic trash all over the place and acting like entitled [censored] was far worse.
Acting "entitled" has become popular. Defying rules of common sense and etiquette are what I mean.
 

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Tossing plastic trash all over the place and acting like entitled [censored] was far worse.
Since I retired I've done several triathlons mostly just for the challenge. The people that are seriously competing, drink while running or biking, and don't have the time to stop at a trash can. It's up to the event organizes to clean up the mess that's inevitable. If they don't clean it up, then they should be fined. If they don't pay the fine, they shouldn't be given any more permits to hold the event. Normally, most tri's are much shorter than an Ironman, and everyone should be able to wait until after the finish to urinate. In the most serious competitions, I've heard that they uniate while biking. Yech! In any case, there's no excuse for acting like an entitled jerk. The guys I bike with always act politely, and show gratitude for the other autos and bikers that do the same.
 

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Since I retired I've done several triathlons mostly just for the challenge. The people that are seriously competing, drink while running or biking, and don't have the time to stop at a trash can. It's up to the event organizes to clean up the mess that's inevitable. If they don't clean it up, then they should be fined. If they don't pay the fine, they shouldn't be given any more permits to hold the event. Normally, most tri's are much shorter than an Ironman, and everyone should be able to wait until after the finish to urinate. In the most serious competitions, I've heard that they uniate while biking. Yech! In any case, there's no excuse for acting like an entitled jerk. The guys I bike with always act politely, and show gratitude for the other autos and bikers that do the same.
Too bad they can't do the swim in the middle or at the end....
 

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DRI: The Point at Poipu, 3 deeded weeks, 1 of which is in The Club.

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Yeah, I get it. But it might help alleviate the problem...
It is really hard to pee when you are competitively swimming. Sounds strange, but true. Lifeguards have the same problem. It's hard to go in the middle of a rescue (don't ask where they do.)
 

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May be some of the tourist investment dollars should go to more,public toilets along m the highways. Even if only chemical Toilets (Honey Pots) that need to be pumped out frequently.
 

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The people that are seriously competing, drink while running or biking, and don't have the time to stop at a trash can.

They're training for WEEKS prior to the event, and tossing their litter the entire time they're here. Not all of them, of course. But enough of them that I hope they leave Big Island and never return. I've seen enough. They are persona non grata.
 

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It isn't just urination. Competitive athletes will eliminate whenever/wherever the urge strikes. So be it. Yet another reason I choose to not attend/participate such events.

DS #2 is a tri-athlete, so I have some inside knowledge.
 
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