Police Blotter: Man Tries Washing Foot in Soda Dispenser

The man, described by the McDonald's manager as a vagrant, was advised not to return to the restaurant by Greenfield police.

There’s a time and place for hygiene.

Where you usually stand in line and decide between Coke and or Mellow Yellow isn’t one of them.

A 52-year-old man was caught bathing his foot in the soda dispenser machine at , 5040 S. 76th Street, at 5 p.m. Sept. 3.

The restaurant’s manager allegedly spotted the man and asked him to stop. The manager told police the man became belligerent and left the restaurant carrying two large plastic bags and a curtain rod.

The manager said the man was a vagrant, whom he has had trouble with in the past, and did not wish to pursue the matter. But he did tell police the man was not welcomed back.

Police advised the man he’d be arrested for trespassing if he returned.

That and the following incidents were reported in the log for the week of Sept. 3-9:


  • An employee of the city’s park and recreation department reported to police a portable restroom was tipped on its side and wood was scattered near the new building construction on the south side of sometime before 9:30 a.m. Sept. 3.
  • A 24-year-old man as arrested for alleged possession of marijuana during a traffic stop in the 6700 block of West Forest Home Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3.
  • A 44-year-old man in the 3700 block of South 46th Street was warned by police about disturbing the neighbors after he allegedly yelled vulgarities at his girlfriend for not bringing him a dinner plate she had fixed for him around 6:15 p.m. Sept. 3. The man then told police they’d likely be returning because “we like to party,” and that he didn’t care what his neighbors thought of him.
  • An 18-year-old man was taken into custody for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed knife without a permit during a traffic stop in the 4800 block of West Loomis Road at 1:35 p.m. Sept. 4.
  • An employee at , 4161 S. 76th Street, reported two catalytic convertors from vehicles in the child care provider’s lot were taken sometime over the Labor Day weekend.
  • A man in the 3800 block of South 35th Street reported his van was stolen between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sept. 3.
  • A man reported approximately $700 in change was missing from his residence in the 3200 block of West Lynndale Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4.
  • An employee at , 4440 S. 108th St., reported the theft of two catalytic converters from two vehicles. The theft occurred sometime between Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.
  • A juvenile was taken into custody for possession of marijuana and a 19-year-old man arrested for distribution of marijuana after being stopped by officers at the intersection of South 68th Street and West Forest Home Avenue at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5.
  • A woman came to the police station with a bag of what she believed to be marijuana that was left in her mailbox in the 8000 block of West Forest Home Avenue at 8:50 p.m. Sept. 6. Turns out it was not marijuana but more likely oregano.
  • A man in the 4400 block of South 43rd Street reported a friend broke into his residence and stole money, a PlayStation 3 and an iPod sometime before 4 p.m. Sept. 7.
Carolyn Tyler September 11, 2012 at 08:09 PM
It seems to me that washing his feet at the soft drink dispenser might have an underlying message. It certainly would have been easier, more private and appropriate had the man washed his feet in the men's room. I can't begin to imagine what I would have said to him had I witnessed the situation.
gg September 17, 2012 at 05:12 PM
The police should help this man He obviously needs it. Where is the care for a fellow human being anyway?
Carolyn Tyler October 03, 2012 at 02:50 AM
When there is a bathroom available, there is no reason to bathe any part of one's body in the soft drink dispenser. If the man had enough sense to come and go on his own into McDonald's, he certainly knew enough to go to the bathroom. It was unsanitary, selfish and defiant. What is wrong with asking him to leave if he has become a nuisance and insists upon bathing in the soft drink dispenser? It is one thing to sit down, rest, go and use the facilities,not bother anyone, perhaps even ask for a drink from a worker. But to bathe in the soft drink dispenser, No Way! That is going to far. What's the difference between that man waltzing into someone's house, bathing at the kitchen sink and then getting beligerent when asking him to leave? It is not about to happen without Police intervention! I work with at risk and homeless people from a variety of situations. Believe me, they all know the places where to shower and get a bed and a hot meal are. Word on the street passes faster than the internet. The Police and McDonald's manager did help this man by sending him on his way and not arresting him.


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