I am not excusing it, but if it was just an old guy that got caught short, should he just piss his pants?
If he was flashing, lock the barstard up.
Precisely, some common sense has to be in place, the guy could also be senile or suffering from dementia but I guess the intolerant multitude think they should be locked indoors if that is the case.
The nearest public loo is around half a mile away through a crowded area, the next nearest is one mile away. Nobody knows whether they are open or not until you get to them.
The only "new norm" here is badly worded laws, this one was only introduced in 2001. In the 1960's it was not uncommon to see the occasional person have a wee (sensibly) but suddenly a 100% natural and sometimes urgent function has become a criminal offence.
Also the entirely unnatural act of wearing clothes for vanity has become mandatory in many peoples eyes and verges on being a criminal offence. How on earth has that come about, brainwashing on a mass scale driven by massive profiteering!
There is a huge difference between someone coming out of night club tanked up and peeing in the middle of the street in front of everybody (which happens every weekend in every town/city) and someone caught short and taking a pee in a relatively discreet place and then being caught by someone.
Society is becoming more and more intolerant and keeps on dreaming up new stigmas based on profit that suddenly become criminal liabilities. As society develops we should be becoming more tolerant not less, we are running backwards.