Sunday, February 22, 2009

Is this normal?

I have a question for the internet community at large:

There are some townhomes under construction next to my apartment.  Unsurprisingly, there is a porta-potty for the workers out front; it has a padlock on it but apparently isn't locked.

The reason I know it isn't locked is that on at least two occasions, I have seen someone drive up from outside of the neighborhood, park their car, get out, go into the porta-potty (presumably to use it), get back in their car and leave.

My question is: is this a normal thing to do?  Is it common for people who need to go to the bathroom to scout for construction sites and use their portables?  

If it had only happened once I might have assumed that the person knew someone working on the site and was therefore aware of its presence, but I've seen it happen two or three times now.  We're near amajor road, but we don't get much drive-by traffic and you can't see the porta-potty from a major road, so people either need to know about it or be hunting for one.  Maybe the people I've seen go in aren't actually using the toilet; maybe it's being used as an exchange point for drugs or black market pedigreed dogs or something.

Anyway, it's just struck me as really bizarre that people would use a random portable toilet on some out-of-the-way construction site, but maybe I am just not in the know. Is this something you've seen/heard of people doing?


Clay said...

My general rule is that I never use public restrooms of any sort unless I really have to go. I do this b/c I assume that other people only use them when they really have to go(which ups the odds that people who have been ill were using the restrooms recently).

Given this assumption coupled with the inherent filthiness of porta-potties this is deeply disturbing. I do not think that this is in any way normal so I am going to assume that people are either really not feeling well or that this is some sort of weird fetishistic behavior.

Anonymous said...

My first concern is what brought you to the point of surveillance of a portapotty?
As to what is going on this is probably a drop for the CIA.

I think maybe you have some talents that MI5, Interpol or the CIA may be interested in.