Neighbours snap Qld's ‘poo jogger’ in the act
NEIGHBOURS have snapped a photo of their infamous local "poo jogger" who has been defecating on their paths by night in the Brisbane suburb of Greenslopes.
Residents of an apartment block in the southeastern Brisbane suburb of Greenslopes say they have been plagued for a year by a mystery person repeatedly defecating on their private property.
The unidentified man has been running past the block three times a week and ducking up a privately-owned path "like clockwork" in the early morning and pausing to poo on it.
He is estimated to have committed the act about 30 times in the last 12 months
The neighbours banded together and set up a special night vision camera, and just last week they hit paydirt.
"One of the neighbours set up a night camera and got a few images and so we had a time he was doing it, so then I decided to go and wait with a camera in the and I was there a few mornings and then last Friday I got him," neighbour Steve, who took the photo, told news.com.au.
"There's a red light which goes on before the camera's flash goes of and he saw that and looked at me as the photograph was taken.
"Then he just said, 'Hello'. At that point I decided to just walk away."
The photograph shows a grey-haired man with his pants down.
Holding a piece of toilet paper, he is squatting over a concrete path by a brick wall and looking in the direction of the camera.
Steve has since discovered that the man is married, and lives in a well-kept house with a manicured garden not far from the apartment block.
Steve wrote on Facebook that the man was a Greenslopes resident but he was "not sharing his name at this stage, unless he continues to do it".
One Facebook poster suggested "a poster drop".
"Hopefully someone (either friend, acquaintance or even his employer) will recognise him," the commenter said. "I can see no reasonable excuse for his filthy and disgusting behaviour. The fact that he has done this on numerous occasions makes it even worse!".
Steve has distributed the poster in a local letter drop to houses including the one in which the poo jogger lives.
He said that the man ran past on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, but did not stop to relieve himself on the path every time.
"He ran straight past on Monday," Steve said.
He and other neighbours had tried to talk to the man, to no avail.
Facebook users suggested having a police car outside the apartment block, and another said he hoped the photograph would "shame the police to take it seriously".
But it was pointed out that, at best, the man could be charged with trespass and be served with a notice.
"As it is on private property the police cannot really do anything. If he was crapping like this on public property, he could be charged with disorderly behaviour," a Facebook poster wrote.
Steve told news.com.au he had been hoping police could go and have a talk with the man, but was now hoping the photograph might deter him from doing it again.