Man who peed in co-worker’s cof­fee or­dered to pay N78,000

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A man who spiked a co-worker’s cof­fee pot with his own urine has now been re­lieved of $5,001 (about N750,000).

On Mon­day, a jury in Culpeper County, Vir­ginia., or­dered James Car­roll But­ler to pay the sum to for­mer co-worker Michael Utz be­cause of a 2009 in­ci­dent when the two were city em­ploy­ees.

The 53-year-old man worked for the city’s waste wa­ter plant and, as the Daily Progress re­ports, didn’t like Utz, a me­chanic in the en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices depart­ment.

One day in early March 2009, he col­lected pee from the toi­let and poured it into Utz’ cof­fee pot and waited for Utz to drink the urine­tainted java, re­ports.

Utz saw the pee-filled pot


be­fore mak­ing cof­fee, no­ticed the un­mis­tak­able urine odour, and re­ported it to his su­per­vi­sor, who then had the cof­fee pot tested in a lab. Re­sults showed the pot con­tained urine and fe­cal ma­te­rial, ac­cord­ing to the Daily Progress.

The paper’s web­site quotes from a let­ter But­ler de­liv­ered to the court:

“I done some­thing I am very much ashamed of to a co-worker for [rea­sons, which are] stress­re­lated [and] things go­ing on in my life on and off the job. I am very much ashamed of my stupid and child­like be­hav­ior.”

But­ler was found guilty of a crim­i­nal mis­de­meanor in 2009. He spent one month in jail and served a year on pro­ba­tion.

Utz sued for $728,000 ( about N114m) in dam­ages. The jury awarded him $1 in com­pen­satory dam­ages and $5,000 in puni­tive dam­ages, ac­cord­ing to the TheS­pec. com. Utz’s at­tor­ney, Michael Shaman, said his client was happy about the ver­dict, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

Culled from huff­in­g­ton­post. com

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