Cry-Baby of the Week
Cry-Baby #1: Portland
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The incident: A guy pissed in a reservoir.
The appropriate response: Nothing.
The actual response: The city of Portland dumped out about 8 million gallons of water from the reservoir, costing thousands of dollars.
Earlier this week, police were called to the Mt. Tabor reservoir in Portland, OR after surveillance cameras captured an unidentified 21-year-old man urinating by the water’s edge.
The man was not arrested or charged, but city officials made the decision to dump out almost 8 million gallons of drinking water from the reservoir, at a cost of $36,000.
In an interview with Oregon Live, David Shaff, administrator for the Portland Water Bureau admitted that they often find dead animals inside the reservoir, but do not dump the water out in those instances.
In fact, he said, the decision to drain millions of gallons of water due to about half a pint of urine was not based on any kind of actual logic, “Do you want to drink pee?” he asked.
"It has nothing to do with scientifically" he went on, "Most people are gonna be pretty damn squeamish about that." Presumably David is unaware that the many critters, birds, and fish that live/die in and around the reservoir also pee.