Kennewick Business Owner Upset of People Urinating In Front Of Her BusinessPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Urinating in public is against the law and will cost you a hefty fine if you are caught.
Betty Overstreet owns the Stitch N' Bug Fabric Shop in Kennewick. She took matters into her own hands after public urination became in problem in front of her business.
She got a security camera installed to capture people in the act and Friday night she caught a woman urinating in front of her glass window.
Kennewick Police have a copy of the tape that shows a woman and say they are trying to figure out her identity.
Overstreet said she could not believe it was a woman on the tape. She said, "I was shocked to no end."
Overstreet opened her fabric and sewing shop on North Dennis Street in 2005. She said public urination is a constant problem in front of her business.
She said she recently fell and hurt herself while cleaning up a mess someone left the night before.
Overstreet said, "It's a health concern, that is what really concerns me. I have to spend 45 minutes to an hour cleaning it up."
Sergeant Child said, "It's gross, it's dirty and it's something we'd like stopped and if we see it will use enforcement."
Police say public urination is particularly a problem when the bars let out.
Child said, "We want people to have a good time, but we don't want our streets turned into urinals."
Nearby bar owners and workers said they have not seen it happening. One owner said that he would take action if he did see someone urinating near his establishment,
Overstreet said she has also had to clean up throw up and cigarette butts and wants this behavior to stop.