Teen's Dumb Move Ruins 38 Million Gallons of City's Water

And in today's episode of Teenagers Do the Darndest Things, we have three teen boys who are going to cost taxpayers in Portland, Oregon major money: They trespassed and one decided to go and urinate in the city's reservoir. The fact that a young boy chose to relieve himself in a major, important body of water rather than, oh, I don't know, waiting and using a public toilet is reason enough to make you shake your head and wonder. Now consider the consequence of their actions: city officials are going to have to dump 38 million gallons of potentially contaminated drinking water thanks to their thoughtlessness.


Cameras captured the boys hanging around Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5 at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. One of the teens was spotted urinating into the water, clearly disregarding a sign posted that read: "This is your drinking water. Don't spit, throw, toss anything in it."

All of the boys received citations for trespassing, and one was cited for public urination. You would hope the consequences embarrassed them enough to teach them a valuable lesson. I don't know about you, but having to admit to my parents that I'm the reason they and their neighbors and everyone else in the city can't drink a glass of water would be enough to keep me from ever doing another dumb thing again.

Guess what? This isn't even the first time Portland had to dump water because of some guy who couldn't wait to empty his bladder. A grown man urinated in the reservoir in 2011 and was sentenced to community service. Let's hope a judge doles out the same penalty to the three teens who, I'm sure, didn't think their actions through at the time, but still deserve to learn how their recklessness can affect others.

If you were a judge, what penalty would you give these teens?


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