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A real pisser

naporeonnaporeon Seattle, WARegistered User regular
My girlfriend and I live together at a house she owns, and are currently having some pretty substantial (read: upwards of $20k) plumbing work done.

I work from home, and during a break this morning, being curious about how the day's work was progressing for the plumbing guys, I peeked out the small window near the top of our front door...

I couldn't believe my eyes, but one of the two workers was just straight-up taking a piss in the middle of the street. This is gross as hell and -- fairly or not -- our neighbors are already a little peeved that this job has disrupted parking and closed our street for a couple weeks; I'm super not thrilled with the prospect of neighbors catching them pissing (or doing anything else gross and unprofessional).

What should we do here? I have a pretty strong "no snitching" policy in my day-to-day life, but this was fucking gross, super unprofessional, and possibly damaging for our relationship with our neighbors. Should we contact the plumbing company handling the work? Should I go tell the worker that pissing in the street is way stupid, and not to do that anymore (something I am totally comfortable doing)? Should I report him for public urination or somesuch? My girlfriend feels we should tell the company that someone in the neighborhood saw it, and reported it to us.

This may be silly, but I am curious what y'all think.

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    JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    I like the girlfriends suggestion. It might be dishonest but it'll probably keep things smoothed over enough with the guys there.

    and I wonder about my neighbors even though I don't have them
    but they're listening to every word I say
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    Bliss 101Bliss 101 Registered User regular
    Do you think this is worth delaying and/or reducing the quality of the plumbing work? Because that's a risk you take if you start making noises about this. Personally I'd just take the pragmatic approach and let it slide.

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    When are they going to be done?

    This week? Let it slide.

    Are they going to be there for a couple weeks with presumably no porta-john?

    Do your girlfriends suggestion.

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    naporeonnaporeon Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Bliss 101 wrote: »
    Do you think this is worth delaying and/or reducing the quality of the plumbing work? Because that's a risk you take if you start making noises about this. Personally I'd just take the pragmatic approach and let it slide.

    This is a concern I have myself. I am not at all conflict-averse (just ask folks like @Usagi ), but I am not looking to endanger or delay this project. Our internal contact at the company has been nothing but classy (and has advocated strongly for us), and I have no doubt he'd do his best to handle this well, but we're in kind of a shitty -- OH HO HO -- situation here.

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    DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited April 2015
    Call your contact and tell him or her that you don't appreciate public urination by their employees. Do not confront him directly nor call the cops.

    $20K sound like a big damn job and they should be bending over backwards to make you happy.

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    CreaganCreagan Registered User regular
    I don't know what kind of work you're having done, but is offering to let them use your bathroom a possibility? If they don't have a porta-potty, they may not have anywhere to go.

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    JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    don't bring it up while they are actively wrenching on your house unless you want a bad job done

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    A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    Just to help rule out something, there's literally nothing the police will do with that.

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    zagdrobzagdrob Registered User regular
    Just to help rule out something, there's literally nothing the police will do with that.

    Even if the police saw it themselves, it probably wouldn't get more than a 'stop doing that right now'.

    If it's possible, offer to let them use your bathroom. Or, if you're dropping $20k and that concerned or it's not an option because your water is off, rent a porta-potty until they are finished. It's surprisingly affordable.

    Don't confront the guy / guys yourself about it, and unless you're dealing with a big plumbing company (like, national big - like Roto-Rooter) I would really recommend acting like it didn't happen unless someone else complains or at least until the job is properly done.

    If a neighbor does see it and complains, just act shocked and appalled and do what you can to address it then. At that point, reach out to your contact with a 'look, my neighbors are complaining saying this' but otherwise you don't control the crew and it's not worth making waves.

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    davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    There is so much dog and cat urine being deposited directly onto your and your neighbors lawns that an isolated incident of a man relieving himself is pretty much a non factor. Unless he's directly urinating on some plants or flowers or drinking water source, or walking around with his dick waving around, there's really nothing to worry about here. Dude just had to pee.

    That size of a job though, the company should have a port a potty next to the work site, honestly.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Maybe, at worst, just tell them a neighbor was complaining and ask if they'd like access to your bathroom or a porta potty. It's still probably about $50 a day so if it's going to take a few weeks to finish this project, the best bet is to just give access to your bathroom.

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    LibrarianLibrarian The face of liberal fascism Registered User regular
    Since you work at home and are probably around while they are working, I would talk to them directly, say that a neighbour complained about one of them peeing in public and then tell them that of course they can use your toilet if they have to go. Noone offended, problem solved, no additional cost.

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    Do not confront the worker directly, contact the agency and let them discipline or whatever, but say a neighbor complained

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    WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    It's the middle of the street part that baffles me, like , at least find a bush!

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    JavenJaven Registered User regular
    Do the plumbers have the company they work for listed on their vehicles at all?

    You could always ask a friend to make the call for you, posing as another resident in your neighborhood. Keep you guys out of it entirely

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    LibrarianLibrarian The face of liberal fascism Registered User regular
    He could also change his voice and pretend to be a little old lady when making that call. Or just make a friendly suggestion to the guys, that they better use the indoors toilet.

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    DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist I swear! Registered User regular
    I'm guessing the indoor toilet is out of commission until the job is done.

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