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One Out of Five People Pee in Pools

Do You Pee in the Pool?

At the movies the other night, before the feature rolled, my husband and I were treated to what felt like 30 minutes of movie previews. Among them was a trailer for Adam Sandler's new movie Grown Ups, which featured a scene of the four stars peeing in a pool. After urinating, the mythic blue pee-detecting chemical begins to bloom around the four "grown-ups" as they float. The public shaming element is kind of funny, but it's also really just gross.

Since no colorful chemical cloud will give away the fact that someone has peed in the pool, people continue to empty their bladders where they should not. In fact, one out of five Americans admits to peeing in pools. Urine can deplete the chlorine levels in pools, and the CDC reports that poor water quality led to one out of every eight public pool closures in recent months.

I believe in the stats on public pool closures, but I'm not sure that 20 percent of people pee in pools. I pose the question to you directly . . .

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runrgrl runrgrl 7 years
There's a reason they say never swallow pool water! I honestly hold my breath when I swim near groups of children. I know that they say human urine is sterile and everything, but the thought of drinking it still disgusts me.
mssjss21 mssjss21 7 years
I agree with bmarcs
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I did it when I was a child but not now.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Well, as far as I can recall, I never pee in the pool, my mom made sure I never did :p She's like that. But mom has brought me to the pool when I was around 2-3 yrs old, I don't think I remember being 2 or 3, perhaps I did pee in the pool when I was 2-3 yrs old hehe.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
No, I don't, but yeah, urine is the least of my worries in a body of water...animal feces, human feces (kids who are barely potty trained are usually the ones that poop in the pool...totally gross), sand, dirt, bird poop, bugs, etc. are probably worse. Just be very careful and don't let any pool/ocean/lake water get in your mouth and you should be ok.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Never. Bathrooms are there for a reason.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Oh, to bmarcs they have that everywhere in the US, but I've never seen anyone actually take a shower, and I've worked at multiple pools.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Haha! totally agree onlysourcherry! I lifeguarded for four years, and you do see some strange things. But, if the chlorine level is where it's supposed to be (all the ones I worked at were much higher) than it should get deplete all of the urine in 5 seconds (that's what I've heard). I know someone who pooped in the ocean = gross x 100. haha. I think I would rather pee in the ocean because it seems like the bathrooms in my state are way too spread out. I had to walk 10 blocks to find one!!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I feel like I should add that I only go to the beach like 3 times a year, so I'm not a constant offender!!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
Never in a pool (I don't even go to public pools), but definitely in the ocean if no one is close by. Exactly for the same reason Soniabonya states- public restrooms at the beach are disgusting!!! Seats are wet, toilets are usually clogged, never any toilet paper, and there always seems to be shady beach bums passed out nearby.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
the pool looks a lot like many of the public pools in Hungary. Many of them are linked to natural springs so you can hop from pool to pool with different temperatures. Some of them smell like sulfur and other are smell free and many have "healing" capabilities for ailments. Hungary is famous for it's pools. :) Yes, they tend to be insanely crowded but you find a piece of wall and enjoy the water. about peeing in the pool. yes. ^^; but not too often. I am more disgusted by wet toilet seats then someone peeing in the pool.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I'll go first: I totally peed in the pool as a child. I pee in the ocean now. But not when I'm swimming near someone!
Asche Asche 7 years
I agree with ticamorena! Although I'm not an offender, I have to say that urine is probably the least gross thing about public pools. I imagine that the dirt on peoples' feet alone is probably way more unhygienic than urine.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
although i've never peed in a pool, ocean etc (i couldn't relax sufficiently to pee with people - strangers - around!) it's not the grossest factor of swimming pools, as pee is allegedly sterile, and i trust the human bladder to do its job. BUT I do get grossed out thinking about all the other dirt people carry on their bodies and hair etc and whether someone may have a communicable disease; i've been tempted to cancel a pool trip if I see somebody in line or at the lockers who obviously has low hygene standards (i.e. they look and smell dirty)
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