The landlord, who was seeking ?1,900 (?1400; $2,200), claimed the marble floor had been damaged by urine.

But the Duesseldorf judge ruled that the man?s method was within cultural norms, saying ?urinating standing up is still common practice?.boy-214906_640

There is some debate in Germany about whether men should sit or stand to pee.

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 it is not masculine behaviour.

Judge Stefan Hank agreed with an expert?s report that uric acid had caused some damage to the bathroom?s floor.

But concluding, he said men who insist on standing ?must expect occasional rows with housemates, especially women? but cannot be held to account for collateral damage.

?Despite growing domestication of men in this matter, urinating while standing up is still common practice,? he added.

Source: BBC

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