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Alleged flasher trapped in tipped portable toilet after passers-by became fed up, police say

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PORTLAND — A man allegedly caught flashing others from a portable toilet received more than he bargained for when fed up passers-by pushed the toilet over, trapping the alleged flasher in feces, Portland police said.

Portland police say a sergeant was flagged down around 8 a.m. Thursday about a 48-year-old man trapped in a tipped-over porta-potty near the Hawthorne Bridge. The sergeant ran to the scene, and found a porta-potty lying down on the door with a man inside.

Portland Fire and Rescue righted the porta-potty, police said, and freed the man. He was not injured, but was covered in fecal matter.

During the rescue operation, a homeless man told police that the man was standing inside the porta-potty with his pants around his ankles, showing himself to the public. A group of homeless people allegedly grew tired of the man’s behavior, the person told police, and pushed over the porta-potty and ran away.

The people who knocked over the porta-potty were not identified or located.

The 48-year-old man was given a clean pair of clothes. He was not arrested.

The Portland Police Bureau discourages people taking direct action in circumstances like this and suggests calling 9-1-1 when witnessing an incident of public indecency.

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8 comments

  • sheila

    When citizens call 911 to report incidents like this it is given a “low priority” rating and put at the bottom of the list for officer responses, then when someone does show up it becomes a case of “he said, she said” and nothing is done. At least the way this thing worked out the perpetrator has no questions as to whether or not his behavior is socially acceptable and he has to suffer the consequences of “the peoples” judgement against him. I believe the people or person who took matters into his own hands in this case was justified in his or her actions! Good for YOU!

  • Adriane

    I like it, I am glad someone did something. Makes me mad so many people get away with small crimes these days we almost have to fight back if the police don’t do anything

  • Cheryl

    I love it! That should happen to all of jerks who do this. Looks like they were not interested either in looking at you. Revenge is sweet.