Louisiana Man Fired and Arrested for Urinating in Drinking Water
A man has been fired and faces a criminal investigation after he appeared to urinate into a town’s drinking water supply.
Before allegedly relieving himself, Michael Mastin, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, spotted a CCTV camera pointing at him so he went to reposition it.
But the 57-year-old failed to move it sufficiently and he was filmed for a minute and a half while taking a leak at the facility in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.
He then went into his office for a brief moment before returning to put the camera back in place.
However, Mastin hadn’t done quite enough and police were informed of his actions last Wednesday.
Reacting to the news, Dustin Clouatre joked: ‘I’m going to Mexico this weekend. Am I not supposed to drink the water there or is that Donaldsonville they were talking about?’
Terrance Johnson a resident added: ‘Donaldsonville been drinking piss brushing ur teeth with piss wonder why the water burnt my eyes when I shower (lawsuit) !!!! An I don’t want no 3 months free.’
Jay Michaels said in response to the article: ‘Well this is pleasant.’
CCTV captured the moment the worker allegedly relieved himself
Officials in the area have been keen to stress that, despite Mastin’s alleged actions, the town’s water supply was safe to drink.
Clint Coinment, Ascension Parish president said: ‘At no time was the public in danger. All water samples taken to date are in good standing and meet all safe water drinking requirements.’
Donovan Jackson, sheriff’s spokesman, said Mastin faces two counts on each of the charges because the video showed him urinating in the tank on two occasions.
He confirmed authorities do not know if there were prior incidents because the water plant’s video archive only goes back 30 days.
In June 2022 authorities in Vigo, Spain, passed a strict law that bans anyone taking a leak in the sea.
Anyone caught breaking the law is issued with a £645 fine but it is not clear how the authorities ban urinating in the sea.
Authorities in the Galicia region said public facilities were being introduced on the city’s beaches to mitigate the problem.
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