don't pee on drugs

So I was having dinner at a fairly swank, pricey restaurant, and availed myself of the facilities. Staring down into the urinal I couldn't help but notice a slogan staring back up at me: "Say No To Drugs!" printed on the rubber urinal-cake holder.

Which I found puzzling.

So as I was standing there I kept trying to follow the money in this transaction: the restaurant had to pay for the urinal deodorant, obviously. So these particular ones must have been cheaper for some reason. Do manufacturers of cleaning products get a federal grant if they print War On Drugs propaganda on their wares? Does the restaurant get a tax break for placing a "public service announcement" in a (ha!) conspicuous public area? (Pubic area?) In what way is the deluded notion that seeing a vague feel-good slogan beneath a puddle of pee might affect my behavior costing me money as a taxpayer? Was it some kind of attempt at Pavlovian conditioning? Were we to subconsciously associate the relief of "no longer needing to go" with this message? What Would Freud Do?

Then it occurred to me that I was standing there pissing on Nancy Reagan's life work, and that made me feel better about it.

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4 Responses:

  1. darwinx0r says:

    A friend of mine's dog, who occasionally takes drugs, rather enjoys pissing on these while high as a friggen kite.

    He says it's always good for a laugh. :)


  2. hepkitten says:

    god jamie, you rule so much. seriously.


  3. saintnobody says:

    where i worked a couple of summers ago, they had the corporate logo printed on urinal cakes for a week or two. then they realized that employees were pissing on the corporate logo, and went back to normal cakes.

  4. bdu says:

    yup, I noticed this at a movie theatre about a year ago and mentioned it to icis.

    highly amusing.