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Is urinating on someone's stuff a misdemeanor in NYS?

Asked by LeavesNoTrace (5663points) March 30th, 2014 from iPhone

My friend has had a bad relationship with his roommate for months. Today he’s moving out and keeps joking-not-joking about peeing on her things before she leaves.

I’m trying to talk him out of it before he does something reckless. What’s the worst she can do legally if he does this?

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gailcalled's avatar

Have him committed for a psych evaluation to see whether he still has a brain?

Deliberately destroying someone’s property, by any means, is vandalism and a crime.

“Because the destruction of public and private property poses a threat to society, modern statutes make vandalism a crime. The penalties upon conviction may be a fine, a jail sentence, an order to pay for repairs or replacement, or all three. In addition, a person who commits vandalism may be sued in a civil tort action for damages so that the damaged property can be repaired or replaced.” Source

Afos22's avatar

It’s only a crime if she gets the police involved

Coloma's avatar

Legally, perhaps vandalism or destruction of personal property, but he also risks his room mate beating the snot out of him.
Tell him to grow up, move on like a man not a 4 yr. old.

bolwerk's avatar

Quite sure that would be felony vandalism, actually.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Also, depending on how zealous the prosecution is, he could possibly be charged with a sexual offense as well. I wouldn’t rule that out.

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Smitha's avatar

The roommate can call the cops and file a report for vandalism, it can also be considered public indecency.

Adagio's avatar

It would not describe urinating on someone’s stuff as a misdemeanour, I would describe it as pathological.

gailcalled's avatar

Probably too late now but I was going to suggest that you pee on one small item of his so that he gets the idea of being the recipient.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Not only do I think it’s morally corrupt to consider vandalizing another’s belongings…I also wonder why on earth one would want to attach themselves further to the person he’s supposedly had a “bad relationship” with.

I would instruct him to break away from her promptly without causing any harm to her items or his character. It would be much wiser to leave and make no further contact with her.

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jca's avatar

It’s immature – your friend should let it go and be glad the roomie is out.

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hearkat's avatar

[Mod says] The Question is in General, and asks what the legal repercussions might be if the person follows through with their plan. Please be helpful and stay on that topic.

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