Two German men have been convicted of stealing portable toilets and selling them to a company in the Netherlands.
There are lots of ways to make some extra side money in this world. Some get part-time jobs. Others play the lottery. Still more play the other lottery that’s only for rich people: the stock market.
And then there’s these two Germans who decided to start stealing port-a-potties from their work and selling them to a company in the Netherlands.
According to the DRA news service, a 40-year-old waste disposal worker and his 28-year-old accomplice were both handed guilty verdicts on Tuesday after being accused of stealing over 100 portable toilets from their workplace. The 40-year-old received a 10-month suspended sentence, while the 28-year-old received a 6-month sentence.
As it turns out, stealing port-a-potties can be a lucrative side gig. Their 100-plus toilet crime spree managed to make them 70,000 Euros--or roughly $80,000 US dollars--over a period of several months.
In order to sell the dirty toilets (“dirty” in this case meaning “stolen”), the pair used a go-between who presented themselves as a legitimate portable toilet manufacturer selling cheap portable toilet.
In other words, they used a toilet fence.
Now, let’s just wait a few minutes here to consider the career of the toilet fence. Where most fences work with stolen jewelry, car parts, perhaps even firearms, this fence deals in stolen toilets. The fact that there is a large enough market for stolen toilets to warrant a fence is astounding on its own, but the fact there is enough money for someone to specialize in such illegal behavior is truly mind-boggling.
So far, authorities have only managed to recover three of the stolen toilets. Requests to the Dutch embassy for further investigation on the pilfered porcelain has thus far been met with the bureaucratic version of a shrug.
And needless to say, the two convicted toilet felons have lost their jobs following their conviction. Authorities are still looking for the toilet fence, who has since gone to ground.