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(Yahoo)   Not news: Woman has to use bathroom and stops at restaurant. News: Restaurant charges $5 for non-customers but she doesn't pay. FARK: Sheriff tracks down the woman and the restaurant sends a bill. Double Fark: They won't take her $5   (shine.yahoo.com) divider line 149
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2013-03-01 01:56:18 PM
Turns out the local sheriff helped track Barnes down by running her license plate, all as a favor to the owner of the restaurant.

According to the Houston County Sheriff, Darrell Allison, though, it was no biggie.

But, countered local state Rep. John C. Tidwell, "The way I interpret it, it would be illegal," he said, explaining that license plate information is to be used only for law enforcement purposes. "The information should not have ever been given over to the business. That is information that is supposed to be dealt with by the state's agency or the official."


Choosing sides between pigs and politicians isn't easy but I'm gonna have to go with the politician on this one.
 
2013-03-01 01:57:48 PM
Are you, Alice, menstruating right now?
 
2013-03-01 01:58:47 PM

Walker: Turns out the local sheriff helped track Barnes down by running her license plate, all as a favor to the owner of the restaurant.

According to the Houston County Sheriff, Darrell Allison, though, it was no biggie.

But, countered local state Rep. John C. Tidwell, "The way I interpret it, it would be illegal," he said, explaining that license plate information is to be used only for law enforcement purposes. "The information should not have ever been given over to the business. That is information that is supposed to be dealt with by the state's agency or the official."

Choosing sides between pigs and politicians isn't easy but I'm gonna have to go with the politician on this one.


Guess the owner of the restaurant never heard of publicdata.com.
 
2013-03-01 01:58:54 PM
Wow, I love how the sheriff is an idiot.  I guess if I'm working on his computer next time I can legally dig around in it and open any files I want to.
 
2013-03-01 02:00:06 PM
This is one of those cases where the asinine tag could be used for everyone.  But, of course, some get a bigger tag than others.
 
2013-03-01 02:00:10 PM
instead of taking up their problem with the 'toilet broken' service station across the street they get free publicity they probably don't want.

manager/owner fail.
 
2013-03-01 02:01:11 PM
According to the Houston County Sheriff, Darrell Allison, though, it was no biggie.
"I would say that happens every day," he told the TV station. "It's a very common occurrence."


Oh, well, that's okay then. Go back to watching the security feed from that restroom. Keep us safe, officer.
 
2013-03-01 02:01:20 PM
I am not sure who is dumber, Lisa thinking she can charge $5 for toilet use or the cops giving personal information to someone that used to have a PPO against them.

I recall a Bojangles' in downtown Columbia, SC that had a combination lock put on their bathroom, since they had the only public restroom for blocks.  They would give the combination to paying customers only and changed it daily.  That came to an end when enough people complained that got a state law passed forbidding such practices.  I have worked in restaurants and know the pain involved in keeping the bathroom clean and functional, however that is cost of business.
 
2013-03-01 02:02:19 PM
How hard would it have been just to get a cup of coffee? This is just another example of how the "on demand" world thinks. I don't have to pay for my music and movies. I can pause live TV. I can just go to the bathroom anywhere I please. I am all for businesses putting locks on the facilities. If someone wants to use it, sign out a key and leave your driver's license, so if you get buckshot on the seat, they will send a cleaning bill.
 
2013-03-01 02:02:32 PM
Lana.Lana. Lana! LANA! LANA!!! LAANNNAA!!!

FLOOD ZONE!
 
2013-03-01 02:03:04 PM
FTA: "I just feel like I've been violated".

wtf is up with that? Violated? That's become a word like "disrespected". People are hauling it out for every and any time someone confronts them.

I'm with Watubi on this one- asinine tag all around.
 
2013-03-01 02:03:19 PM
mimg.ugo.com
 
2013-03-01 02:05:05 PM
i have no problem with charging non-customers to use a restroom.  if you don't like it, pee in a bush
 
2013-03-01 02:05:35 PM

Sass-O-Rev: FTA: "I just feel like I've been violated".

wtf is up with that? Violated? That's become a word like "disrespected". People are hauling it out for every and any time someone confronts them.

I'm with Watubi on this one- asinine tag all around.


"Humiliated" is another one.  Oh, someone asked you a question at a checkpoint?  You felt "humiliated"?  Poor baby.
 
2013-03-01 02:06:02 PM
I'd bet $5 both the sheriff and business owner biatch about government spending.
 
2013-03-01 02:06:52 PM

animesucks: i have no problem with charging non-customers to use a restroom.  if you don't like it, pee in a bush


i have a feeling that after 20min, she most likely upper-decked the toilet
 
2013-03-01 02:07:44 PM

Sass-O-Rev: FTA: "I just feel like I've been violated".

wtf is up with that? Violated? That's become a word like "disrespected". People are hauling it out for every and any time someone confronts them.

I'm with Watubi on this one- asinine tag all around.


Breaking the law by gathering license plate info and passing on personal information "as a favor" is more than disrespect.

But what a GREAT, efficient use of taxpayer money!
 
2013-03-01 02:08:24 PM
Enjoy your shiatty publicity shiatty restaurant.
 
2013-03-01 02:09:13 PM
Just a real quick point - Texas license plates, VINs, and driver licenses are all public information. You can request the owners name & address at any DMV (they charge something like a $3.00 fee). No police report required.
 
2013-03-01 02:09:55 PM
That cop needs to be fired. Next it will be "Can you track down this cute girl I saw on the freeway? I won't rape her I just want to send her a note." Or "I just want to talk to that asshole that cut me off, can you hook me up?"
 
2013-03-01 02:10:35 PM

JohnAnnArbor: "Humiliated" is another one. Oh, someone asked you a question at a checkpoint? You felt "humiliated"? Poor baby.


Hmmm. I wonder what word you would use if someone showed up at your door after illegally getting your personal information via the cops, and demanded something from you. Hell, even had you arrested. Let's just go with that.

Poor baby...
 
2013-03-01 02:13:37 PM
I'm a farktard and I have no problems with law enforcement abusing their databases as a personal favors for vindictive members of the general public. Herpity derpity doo! I just want to belong to the retard chorus, I hear they get sweet robes and go on field trips.

/amidoinitrite?
 
2013-03-01 02:13:50 PM
I was there that afternoon and actually used the restroom after this woman left.  She had to have been in there for twenty or thirty minutes.  Christ, it sounded like she was being raped with a Duraflame log.  Toward the end, I heard the toilet flush a few times then the door opened - the sink never running...  As she walks past the line of people waiting on the facilities, she can't even make eye contact with anyone.  It was the deepest shame-shiat I've ever witnessed.  And my God....

When I walked in there, I wished that I'd brought along an Indian snake charmer.  This farking monstrosity was curled up in the toilet, its head raised, corny-teeth bared, just waiting to strike the bare-ass of the next person to sit down.  Sit down?  Who am I kidding.  You would've had to of stomped on it with both feet for ten minutes to get a level playing surface.  The whole point of shiatting is leaving shiat behind, not getting additional shiat force fed up your pipes.  There was no way I could've used the toilet.

So, at my inconvenience, I took the tank lid off, laid it across the mounded bowl, and used it as a platform to fill the aquarium with my stinking brown trout.  That "restaurant" is a bulimics dream, or anyone else who wants to shiat immediately.  I hate the manager of the place too - she's always showing me her pussy and bumpy nipples.

Anyway, the dump-and-run lady got off light.  That was fifty pounds of raw sewage.  But fark the restaurant because all their meat tastes like it was carved off an AIDS patient.  I hope everyone involved in this story dies of the wasting disease.
 
2013-03-01 02:13:55 PM
Not News: This is locally owned restaurants all over the country. The smaller the joint, the bigger the egos. Fark: The Sheriff actually incriminating himself in an interview.
 
2013-03-01 02:14:25 PM
Anyone that thinks the cop doing a favor for the restaurant owner is out of line, is wrong. People do favors within their profession all the time. That cop probably gets a free meal every so often for that.
 
2013-03-01 02:16:12 PM

animesucks: i have no problem with charging non-customers to use a restroom.  if you don't like it, pee in a bush


And be labelled as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
 
2013-03-01 02:16:35 PM

animesucks: i have no problem with charging non-customers to use a restroom.  if you don't like it, pee in a bush


That's illegal unless you can find one that isn't "in public".
 
2013-03-01 02:16:51 PM

spentmiles: I hope everyone involved in this story dies of the wasting disease.


That's funny. So do I.
 
2013-03-01 02:17:14 PM
Cop should not have done that.
Restaurant owner should be able IMHO to charge $5 but was an arse for sending the bill. Double arse if he didn't even want the money.
Lady is over-reacting but has a point.
 
2013-03-01 02:17:16 PM
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2013-03-01 02:17:48 PM
And that state had the Ally Law, where a business is supposed to let people use their bathrooms.

And if you're ever in a city looking for a bathroom, don't look for a restaurant. Look for a hotel instead. They hardly ever say no to someone using the bathrooms and they are much cleaner than fast food bathrooms.
 
2013-03-01 02:18:25 PM
Um, this seems unusual to you guys? You've never gotten a cop to give you info on someone?

/not that I've ever done that, or anything...
 
2013-03-01 02:18:25 PM
Like Homer Simpson, I found you can just forget it if you need to go in New York City...or just poop in the subway like everybody else
 
2013-03-01 02:20:00 PM
"I do what I want!"

/the American way.
 
2013-03-01 02:20:18 PM

mediablitz: JohnAnnArbor: "Humiliated" is another one. Oh, someone asked you a question at a checkpoint? You felt "humiliated"? Poor baby.

Hmmm. I wonder what word you would use if someone showed up at your door after illegally getting your personal information via the cops, and demanded something from you. Hell, even had you arrested. Let's just go with that.

Poor baby...


Um, not what I was talking about, but OK, this is Fark, putting words into people's mouths is standard practice.
 
2013-03-01 02:20:18 PM
I work at a second hand store, we lock the bathroom but will unlock it for anyone who needs it.  We lock it only so if someone gota use it at lest one employee knows.  We have had to many issues with people going in and taking tags off of stuff to get a lower price or taking the tags off and putting the item on and saying it was theirs or, putting it under the cloth they had on(way to many times we see people come in wearing cloth bout 4 sizes to big and leave looking like the same set is tight on them).  we also had people go in and destroy the bathroom if they are mad at us.  had one destroy the toilet. Another kicked it so much and hard it fell over.
 
2013-03-01 02:20:40 PM
This cop is a hero. Anyone questioning him are probably criminals.
 
2013-03-01 02:22:13 PM

animesucks: i have no problem with charging non-customers to use a restroom.  if you don't like it, pee in a bush


Have you seen Big Daddy?  Expect it.

Have a good day, pal.
 
2013-03-01 02:23:04 PM
Charging for the restroom?  What is this, Europe?
 
2013-03-01 02:24:40 PM
What a pisser.
 
2013-03-01 02:26:05 PM
Have a friend in the border patrol that refused another friend's request for info from a plate number. It's against the law therefor sheriff should be terminated.
 
2013-03-01 02:26:56 PM

Gifted Many Few: How hard would it have been just to get a cup of coffee? This is just another example of how the "on demand" world thinks. I don't have to pay for my music and movies. I can pause live TV. I can just go to the bathroom anywhere I please. I am all for businesses putting locks on the facilities. If someone wants to use it, sign out a key and leave your driver's license, so if you get buckshot on the seat, they will send a cleaning bill.


5/10
 
2013-03-01 02:28:04 PM
The woman wasn't asking to use the restaurant's stove to grill up her own food, or their tables to set out a picnic she'd brought from home.  They're not in the bathroom-providing business, so the "these are for our customers only" argument is ridiculous.  The restaurant is a place of public accommodation, as already defined in lots of legal precedent, so occasionally letting people take care of a natural (and sometimes urgently unavoidable) biological need in the facilities they're providing anyway is a normal cost of doing business.

I get that they may be trying to keep out homeless people, but that's not an excuse.  If your neighborhood is that run-down that it's full of homeless people or whatever, maybe do something to improve the neighborhood (and its residents) instead of adding one more dickish punishment to the most vulnerable people in our society?

"It's her business; she can do what she wants."  Nope.  When your business manages to completely disentangle itself from the rest of society, then you can do whatever you want with it.  Until then, you are a part of a larger system of humans working together--no matter how bootstrappy you've fantasized yourself to be--and there are ethical limits to how much of an assbag you can be to the rest of us.

/Grumpy today.
 
2013-03-01 02:28:55 PM

mediablitz: Sass-O-Rev: FTA: "I just feel like I've been violated".

wtf is up with that? Violated? That's become a word like "disrespected". People are hauling it out for every and any time someone confronts them.

I'm with Watubi on this one- asinine tag all around.

Breaking the law by gathering license plate info and passing on personal information "as a favor" is more than disrespect.

But what a GREAT, efficient use of taxpayer money!


That was time the sheriff could have spent driving around with his siren on, or parked behind a tree running a speed trap.
 
2013-03-01 02:29:44 PM
The resturant has a right to charge. They farked up though when they didn't pay enough attention to ask her about the money up front. If you're that serious about not letting people use your restroom then make them put down a deposit. You're obviously not worried about bad publicity or you wouldn't be charging in the first place. Don't rely on the local police, who we all pay, to do your dirty work. You didn't think your brilliant policy through and someone got around your controls? Though shiat. Nothing tangible was taken from you. Let this be a lesson and adjust.
 
2013-03-01 02:30:40 PM

Katolu: 5/10


I know that is supposed to be some sort of troll rating. But I mean what I say. This country is too damn entitled  People need to start taking responsibilities for their actions. I feel bad for spentmiles having to endure what that woman put him through.
 
2013-03-01 02:31:19 PM
Panicking customer: Do you have a restroom?  <:-0

Clerk: NO!

Relieved customer: That's okay...  Do you have a mop?  :-)
 
2013-03-01 02:32:54 PM
l2.yimg.com

Did "she" use the mens room because she sure as shiat does look like a lady to me.
 
2013-03-01 02:33:26 PM

jumac: I work at a second hand store, we lock the bathroom but will unlock it for anyone who needs it.  We lock it only so if someone gota use it at lest one employee knows.  We have had to many issues with people going in and taking tags off of stuff to get a lower price or taking the tags off and putting the item on and saying it was theirs or, putting it under the cloth they had on(way to many times we see people come in wearing cloth bout 4 sizes to big and leave looking like the same set is tight on them).  we also had people go in and destroy the bathroom if they are mad at us.  had one destroy the toilet. Another kicked it so much and hard it fell over.


This seems like a pretty reasonable way of handling things.  You're controlling access for legitimate business reasons, but you're not being dicks about it.

/I am curious why some of your customers are so mad at you; that seems troubling.
 
2013-03-01 02:34:27 PM

Gifted Many Few: Anyone that thinks the cop doing a favor for the restaurant owner is out of line, is wrong. People do favors within their profession all the time. That cop probably gets a free meal every so often for that.


Hah, this was and is a huge problem in NYC with police officers "forgiving" parking tickets for friends and family.  A few boneheaded ones actually tried to justify this by saying it's an occasional courtesy.  There's no courtesy when you're taking money out of the public treasury to help your buddy.  You want to be courteous, open your wallet and pay his ticket.  Or open up a business, and give free stuff away.  You know, as a courtesy.
 
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