June 25, 2009

New law protects N.C. portable toilets

Members of North Carolina's portable toilet industry are touting new laws that impose misdemeanor charges on portable toilet vandals.

Officials welcomed the measure, which takes effect Dec. 1 and will mean judge-set fines of jail sentences of up to 120 days for anyone who steals "¦ destroys, defaces or vandalizes a portable toilet, the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported Thursday.

Carey Mack, operations manager for Readilite & Barricade Inc., which operates about 4,000 portable toilets, welcomed the new law. He said each month about 200 of his company's toilets are targeted by vandals who set them on fire, tip them on their sides or cover them in spray paint. He said replacing a stall can cost $500 to $750 and a handicapped stall can run the company $2,000.

I've been doing this for 18 years and I've been scratching my head for 18 years wondering why they're doing it, Mack said of the vandals.