Restroom Reports: Oct. 19, 2017

Restroom-related crime is all over the place this week, from murder to homemade bombs and indecent exposure

Restroom Reports: Oct. 19, 2017

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You’re probably accustomed to random items getting stuck or sucked up by the hose when you’re servicing restrooms. But hopefully that item has never been a homemade bomb. Police and bomb squad members were called to a construction site in Daviess County, Kentucky, when the vacuum hose caught a glass bottle wrapped in duct tape. It appears someone lit the attached fuse and threw it into the restroom, but liquid inside the tank put it out before it exploded. The portable sanitation company told the investigators another one of their units had previously sustained heavy damaged by an explosive on the same site — marking two such incidents in three weeks.

So the #PortaPottyChallenge is now a thing. Several videos have been making the rounds, and this one is the most impressive — if you want to call it that. A high school cross country team piled 40 runners into one handicap-accessible restroom. This feat is made slightly less spectacular after seeing how small some of these kids are. They clearly used a lot of freshman, maybe even some eighth-graders, but they did it.

You take a big risk when you ask your friends what they would pay to see you do. A Cambridge (U.K.) Regional College employee, Louisa Marnoch, wanted to raise money to help a student with cerebral palsy get a new, much-needed wheelchair. Ideas were tossed around. Money was offered if she could be quiet or if she’d shave her head. Then, it was decided: She should lock herself in a portable restroom for a couple days. Problem solved.

Here’s another creative fundraising idea this month, this time for breast cancer awareness month. The Flush Out Cancer campaign drops off a bright pink restroom on a company’s front lawn and encourages them to raise some money to bring attention to the issue. (We saw this once before when the deal was basically to pay to have it removed. This is a similar idea, just a little less aggressive.) When the company gives a donation, they can choose where the restroom should land next.

A portable restroom only gets a small cameo in this story, but it was too bizarre to ignore. A man was accused of attacking a Redmond, Oregon, woman at a Cline Butte rock pit. The guy was getting in someone else’s truck, then got out and grabbed the woman, dragged her back to the pickup, and tried to force her inside. She got away. Then, for unknown reasons, he rifled through a portable toilet at the site, was apparently displeased to then be dirty, and removed all his clothes. The woman called the cops, who picked him up half a mile away, walking naked down the road.

In far more serious news, police in Wilmington, Delaware, arrested a man for the murder of a woman who was found dead in a portable restroom in a park.

Continuing the crime reports in a milder fashion, a restroom was stolen from a running race course before a big weekend event in Canada. This editorial from the race director describes her hunt for the toilet in order to avoid the replacement fee the provider would have charged. Spoiler alert: It was found about half a mile away, hidden in the woods. Volunteer firefighters helped rescue it and return it to its post.

The best view in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is arguably from a portable restroom on top of the roof of the new Bucks arena. About three dozen construction workers are hard at work on the roof every day, and at least once a week, a crane hauls a restroom up there for them. 

Here’s yet another column describing the author’s trepidation about being forced to use a toilet that isn’t permanently hooked up to plumbing — as if that guarantees it’s clean — only to express shock and awe that it’s not the terrible experience he feared. At least this one was mildly amusing: the restroom in question is floating on a platform in the middle of a lake. 


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