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Mass police: Stop pooping off the bridges

According to a post on the Uxbridge Police Department’s Facebook page, police have gotten several complaints from the P&W Railroad about people tagging-up on the overpasses with spray paint, and “tagging up” on the trains by pooping off the overpasses. A representative for the railway says, ”It’s disgusting. It’s not just gross,” and it’s happened before.

A complaint was reportedly filed on July 7, 2014, after railroad employees watched in horror and disgust as four unidentified suspects on an overpass dropped trou’ and pooped on a train passing below. Police arrived too late to apprehend the alleged poopers.

As to the motive, aside from the obvious, police are baffled. In a statement, a spokesperson for the police said, “We have no idea what would possess someone to drop their pants and poop on a passing train.”

A search on, however, reveals that there is no shortage of cell phone videos of young men pooping off bridges. Timing the bowel movement to hit a target below is just a new facet to an old passtime.

Reacting to the crime, Police Chief Jeffrey A. Lourie said, ”I don’t have any words for it. It’s disgusting.”

Police, however, warn that they will throw the book at anyone caught pooping off an overpass, “…if we catch you with your pants down [defecating] on the train you will be charged with everything we can find that fits the elements to the crime.”

Some charges a suspect could be facing are disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and open and gross lewdness.


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