Flush.All right, here’s the straight poop: The UC Berkeley campus has got a crappy problem on its hands–or, rather, in its restrooms. Thieves have been sneaking into campus buildings and stealing the flushometers from the toilets, rendering them unusable and costing the university around $8,000 so far, a sum that, for this campus, is nothing to poo-poo.

What’s worse is they’re not dealing with just any ol’ common crooks, here. These Johns are apparently toilet-crippling criminal masterminds. “But, why?” you ask, “Why would anyone sh*t all over others’ rights to sanitation, especially when the university is piss-poor?” The answer, friends, is greed. Turns out, one can make a pretty penny selling crapper parts as scrap metal and … used crapper parts. Gross.

In any case, UCPD is pissed off. Contact them if you see anything suspicious or if you know anything about this rash of crimes. (We’d try to crack more jokes, but we’re a bit drained. Please forgive the Clog.)

Image Source: Connie Chen, Daily Cal
Money Going Down the Drain with Recent Thefts [Daily Cal]
UCPD Hopes to Flush Out Bathroom Burglar [Daily Cal]

John said:
Feb 7, 2010 at 9:10 am

But, do the police have anything to go on?

Gwen said:
Feb 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm

@John (funny!)

Kelly Daffer said:
Apr 27, 2012 at 6:37 am

there is now a solution to protect your flush valves from being stolen. check out the flushometer lock at kelco-plumbing.com