View from a Rhino House: the other wailing wall

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.

Outrages tourists shocked at the damage to the fine old building cause by one thoughtless moment of micturition.

Outraged tourists shocked at the damage to the fine old building cause by one thoughtless moment of micturition.

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