Answering the call of nature in public can sometimes lead to some pretty awful situations and even financial penalties. Just ask these poor guys.
The $500 Fart
Pounding on a set of drums can make you work up quite a sweat. It can also make your lower intestines work up a very powerful fart. That’s what happened when a drummer was playing a late night gig at the Organ Blue Bar in Washington, D.C. in June 2014. His toot was so stinky that a window had to be opened to air the place out. That’s when an inspector from D.C.’s Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration happened to stroll in. He slapped the Organ Blue’s owner, Bill Duggan, with a ticket for violating a 2008 policy that required him to keep all of the bar’s windows and doors shut during live performances that continue past 12:30 a.m. Understandably irritated, Duggan protested the ticket. An ABRA hearing was finally held last month and he was ordered to pay a $500 fine.
The Diarrhea Debacle
An unforgettable scene in the 2011 hit comedy Bridesmaids features a character succumbing to the disastrous effects of food poisoning while wearing an expensive wedding dress in the middle of a public street. An unfortunate individual named Chas Cox found himself in a similar situation. In May 2015, he was forced to evacuate his bowels at a crosswalk in the English city of Glastonbury. While he wasn’t wearing a wedding dress at the time, his bowel movement was so explosive that some of his poo bounced off the pavement and hit a five-year-old child that was walking nearby. Cox was later arrested and accused of violating local public decency ordinances. He pled not guilty during an arraignment, telling court officials that he had no other choice and certainly wasn’t aiming for the kid. He’s currently out on bail and is slated to stand trial over these asinine allegations in August.