Pick-Up Line


“This isn’t your house?
Paris is your house!

A dog dèjection left on a sidewalk is a 183€ fine.
30,000 garbage cans are at your disposal in Paris”

(If you think it’s icky looking at this on your computer, this sidewalk billboard faces the tables at an outdoor restaurant and cafè. Imagine looking at that while enjoying dinner!)

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  • Amanda
    September 30, 2005 7:35am

    N’y a plus de motocrottes?!

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  • September 30, 2005 11:28am

    I have yet to see anybody picking up after their dog here. Somehow I don’t think I’ll ever see it.

  • Taina
    September 30, 2005 12:02pm

    The “motocrottes” are alive and well, at least in Neuilly where I spotted one in person. For those unfamiliar with these marvels of technology, they are basically motorscooters with a vacuum hose attached to each side which the driver uses to suck up the doggy-doo-doo left by uncaring dog owners.
    My kids LOVE them :-)

  • Alisa
    September 30, 2005 12:16pm

    I have actually seen three different people pick’n up the poo. They have all been in the 15eme, and over 40ish. I HAVE congratulated each and every one of them.

    As for the fine Рthere has been a fine in effect for a few years, however there has yet to be a budget allocation for enforcing the law. Ahhhhh le libert̩.

  • September 30, 2005 12:56pm

    How can I get a ‘motocrotte’?

  • Chris
    September 30, 2005 2:34pm

    When I was in Cannes in ’95 there musn’t have been a campaign like this. I would have liked to give a couple ladies some fines.

  • October 3, 2005 10:37am

    It good that Paris is finally cleaning up the “mess”.

  • October 3, 2005 10:41am

    P.S. I have to say that some people do let their animal “do their business” in the house. I have been shopping for a new home and went to a house and the was some water stains on the stairway bannister. The water stains were bad enough to have got into the wood and turn it brown. Puzzled I looked at the rail and then up at the ceiling. There didn’t seem to be a leak and this part of the house had no water pipes. I turned to the real estate agent and said, “Where did the come from?”, she replied, “they have a dog”.

    I replied, “Time to take the dog to the pound.”

  • October 4, 2005 7:38am

    AAAAK! I saw this ad just as I nearly stepped heel-first in a fresh “crotte”! I had a friend in town in AUgust who commented on how clean the streets were….i told her that was because most Parisians, and their football sized dogs, were all en vacances!

  • October 21, 2005 11:02pm

    Eww. I once came home to find that a housemate’s visitor’s dog had left a lovely surprise in my bedroom. Needless to say the dog was banished to the backyard and the visitor cleaned up the mess.

    Back to this issue though, I am always amazed at people who do not pick up after their dog when they take them on walks. Really people!