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COLOGNE, GERMANY—Carnival revelers in Cologne will have to control themselves this year — authorities said Monday that anyone found guilty of what it called “wild urination” will be forced to pay an on-the-spot fine.

The government of the German city said public urination had become so widespread during the annual pre-Lenten celebrations that they have been forced to impose a 10-euro ($8.63) fine on anyone caught in the act.

“It is happening ever more often that men are shamelessly relieving themselves against house facades, in corners and house entrances, even against monuments and churches,” the city said in a statement.

Some members of the public are concerned however that because of the ordinance the long standing European tradition of a urine-based city smell will come to an end.

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