A public swimming pool complex
popular with visitors to New Zealand’s
South Island is battling a mysterious serial defecator who struck
again last Friday for the 6th time.
Staff at Splash Palace, a big
pool in Invercargill, were on watch last Friday in an attempt to catch the pool
pooper, who had hit the complex the previous 5 Friday evenings in a row.
Despite their vigilance, the
culprit struck again and escaped.
The pool pooper’s unpleasant
actions have gained national media notoriety.
Invercargill city council
aquatic services manager Pete Thompson says the defecator’s acts have cost the
pool “tens of thousands of dollars” in lost revenue.
Each time faecal matter is
found floating in the water, the pool has to be drained and closed for
cleaning, a process taking about 6 hours, Thompson explains. “It generally
happens after 5pm each Friday night,” Thompson told the Southland Times.
Thompson said if the offender
was caught, council could recover costs if it could prove the action was
Splash Palace is popular with
tourists, especially as the seas around Invercargill can get chilly. At the
pool, signs have gone up warning people not to swim if they have upset
stomachs, and advising parents to check their children. However, pool manager
Thompson believes the phantom defecator may be acting deliberately, and may not
be a child.
“How do you prove something is
deliberate unless you catch them in the act?” Thompson told the Southland
Times. The pool complex has cameras, he confirmed, “but not high-definition
enough to pick up the red face of someone squinting.”
While the situation is clearly
not funny, Splash Palace is using humour on its Facebook page to draw attention
to the problem, as the photo accompanying this story shows.