In the US an El Paso man faces 2 years in jail after pleading guilty to pissing against walls of the Alamo, the Disneyesque ruin seen by many as the symbol of Texas.
Daniel Athens pleaded guilty in a San Antonio court on Tuesday to the “Criminal Mischief of a Public Monument or Place of Human Burial,” which carries a punishment of up to 2 years in prison in the US’ most jail-happy state.
Athens was arrested almost 2 years ago after an “Alamo Ranger,” one of the law officers who guard the state’s No. 1 tourist attraction, saw him relieve himself on the wall of the 260-year-old building.
As part of a defence-proposed plea deal Athens will have to pay $4,000 to repair any damage he caused. (Either that was one terribly built wall or this man has a serious kidney & bladder problem – $4000 damage from a single stream of urine? – Santa Anna could have saved a lot of time by hiring this guy’s ancestor)
The Alamo has suffered its share of urinary insults down the years, the most famous was from chemically-challenged British rocker Ozzy Osbourne, who in 1982 urinated on the Cenotaph, for no reason that he could coherently explain, then or later.