The Dangers/Joy of Public Shaming with Grainy Video – Case of the “slovenly” “trespooper”

Alleged “trespooper” via the Hill East Listserv

It starts with a grainy still image of the video posted to the Hill East listserv:

“Do you recognize the man or dog in this photo? My wife and I have video of this man leaving his dog’s waste outside our home.

Before I’m scolded for overreacting, let me say that if this were an isolated incident, I wouldn’t have resorted to public shaming. Unfortunately, piles of pet waste are an all too common site on the curbs of A Street.

As a dog owner myself, who picks up our dog’s waste every single time (and throws it away in our own can), I find this irresponsible behavior especially infuriating. If the trespooper is on this listserv, I strongly urge you to stop leaving your dog waste outside our house. It’s as unsanitary as it is unsightly.”

Later that evening another resident writes:

“Speaking of public shaming, might I say that he is a slovenly individual.”

The next day:

“I do recognize him and my dog. He is “slovenly” dressed because it was Sunday morning and he was on his way to pick up breakfast. I will remember to make sure he has his top coat and tails on the next time he leaves the house.

The dog was NOT pooping (happy to take back if given actual proof.) Yes – she does LOOK like she is pooping, but she is actually peeing. We regularly clean up after her (and if we see other instances of people who haven’t cleaned up).”

But wait, later that day:

“Well. I must take something back. I do appreciate you sharing the video because I am able to give some peace of mind to my dapper man that that picture isn’t him.

So while I am sure you won’t believe us. But my pup is in the clear.

Now I hope everyone has a brilliant weekend and don’t forget to clean up after your pups!”

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  • When I was a dog owner (RIP Eddie!), there were occasional times when I forgot my clean-up bags. I’d always return with a bag within minutes and clean up.

    I also had a friend whose dog would squat to pee, and got nearly assaulted by an irate concerned citizen who had witnessed him apparently not cleaning up after his dog.

  • I saw this unfold on the Hill East listserve. Geez. But I guess I do believe the person who took back the admission because she at first thought that it was her partner and dog on a Sunday morning but if you read down the email chain the video was taken in the evening. But who knows. Good times.

  • gotryit

    Get better cameras, people!

  • While the man in the video is still a mystery, suppose in fact his dog is a squat-peeer; could he then sue the poster for libel?

    • I’m not a lawyer, but if he remains a mystery (ie unidentifiable), I don’t see how he has a case.

  • This is why I subscribe to several listservs for neighborhoods I don’t live in. Hilarious! You just can’t make this sh– er, poop, up!

  • This whole episode is so DC, I love it. I used to live in Miami – this would have already gotten violent.

  • I live just north of U Street and I’ve been noticing more and more dog poop along the sidewalks and curbs in my neighborhood. I’ve requested a scoop your poop sign from DDOE, but I don’t have high hopes for it making a difference (if it ever gets posted). I know that there are more pressing issues when it comes to criminal activity, but does anyone have experience getting dog waste laws enforced? Or other methods to deter/change the behavior of these dog owners/walkers?

  • Listserve drama is some of the best drama. The smaller the stakes, the more exciting the battles. When I saw the headline I thought it would be something like that story in Akron, OH, where they have a video of a guy who has pooped on 19 cars.

  • the pee defense is questionable — yes some dogs squat to pee (including some male dogs), but one would think there would be introvertible evidence before public shaming — namely a deuce later found in said spot. I’m not Matlock, but that would seem like a pretty open and shut case.

    I take greater exception with the “trespooper” tag — one who doesn’t pick up is not necessarily trespassing by walking a dog on a public street. Unless the dog is allowed onto one’s property, no trespassing has occurred. Someone needs to come up with a better Curbed ready description — ‘pig unpicker’?

  • There is a guy in Dupont Circle who has a bulldog that he walks around the 19th and T/S. I must have seen him more than a dozen times let his bulldog poop in my tree box, then he would shuffle some dirt over it and walk off. Always scanning around to see if anyone is nearby to see him do it. I banged on the windows a few times, to no avail. I would really love for someone to public shame him for it. He knows what he is doing and does it frequently.

  • I think the immediate (and laughable) response shows a guilty mind.

    Even funnier since it turns out it was someone completely different. maybe take a better look at the video first, you can’t recognize your own SO and dog? Its not THAT grainy.

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