It's really not.

It's really not. (Jay Judge/Baltimore Sun / June 4, 2013)

It has happened to many of us.

You're out drinking, having a good time with friends when suddenly, you have to go to the bathroom. Most would use a proper restroom. However, those more adventurous — or foolish — duck down an alley or around a corner and take a leak in the street. In public.

Dusty Ritter has seen plenty of drunk people peeing on his street off O'Donnell Square. They've peed on his house and his Honda Civic, too. In fact, over the busiest bar nights last December, he said, he counted 54 different incidents of people urinating outside near his house.

That's a lot of whiz.

He started talking about these issues with his friends in Canton. One night while drinking at Harry's American Bar, they came up with an idea: post videos online in order to dissuade people from peeing in the street.

This, in a nutshell, was how a strange new website was born.

"We'd caught these people," recalled Ritter, 34. "We settled on yougotcaughtpissing.com."

Ritter bought the domain name that night. The website went live in March, and the concept is to shame people who urinate or defecate in public.

"We're focused on trying to improve the community," said Ritter, who works in medical research and grew up in Rockville. "The people who want to improve the area are supportive."

On a recent afternoon, Ritter stopped by a Canton bar to talk about the endeavor. Four other individuals help him run the website, he said. Those four asked to remain anonymous out of concern for their day jobs.

The team said they have hours of video they have personally recorded since last summer that show people peeing and crapping near, or in, O'Donnell Square — the heart of the bar scene in Canton. Some of it was collected via their private home security cameras; other video they recorded with cell phones.

Ritter said that in the future, they'd like the website to feature viewer-submitted videos from around the world. A few weeks ago, they received their first submission. Someone only identified as "Dave" has been submitting nauseating pee scenes from what suspiciously looks like a corner tucked behind Jimmy's diner in Fells Point.

Meanwhile, anyone visiting the strip of restaurants and bars dotting O'Donnell Square need merely look up at the South Curley Street skyline to see it: a huge, bright yellow banner warning 'Don't piss on me' hanging off the side of a row home roof. The website's address is also advertised.

"I think it's hilarious, personally," said 24-year-old nurse Ally Hayes, walking a block away. "It would definitely deter me. I wouldn't want to be on a website and have everyone knowing that I peed in public."

Hayes, who has rented in Canton for the past year, has seen people urinating on the street but doesn't consider it "super common." Prior to living in Canton, she once took a tinkle by the waterfront after visiting O'Donnell Square with some friends. The bars had all closed.

"There was no place to pee because we didn't live down here and I was dying," said Hayes. "What else was I supposed to do? There's a bathroom that's supposed to be a public restroom by the waterfront and it's never open, ever."

Hayes was walking with her friend Samantha Brenner, who felt fines were probably more effective than a website to get people to stop urinating.

"Unless you were really embarrassed and maybe your friends saw you there, but I don't know how many people know about that website," said Brenner, 23.

If you do know about it, chances are you've seen some memorable videos, like a guy peeing right next to his purported barf puddle (April 5). Or how about a guy holding a hot dog in one hand and his wiener in the other? That's March 13. Or two young women — it's an equal opportunity offender website — who squat one after the other on the exact same patch of Fells Point cement (May 21).

The funniest — or saddest — one is the March 8 video in which Ritter actually confronts a man peeing in the darkness on Ritter's car.