'We have a Code Brown': Police fine Melbourne taxi driver caught pooing on nature strip

Melissa Buttigieg
News Reporter


A taxi driver has been fined $645 for doing his business on a suburban nature strip in Melbourne’s northeast – an act that left police “dumbfounded”.

The hefty fine was issued to a 27-year-old cabbie who police say they caught making a gross and public deposit at Chirnside Park in the early hours of last Monday morning.

The driver, who came “pre-armed” with toilet paper, was handed an evidence bag to collect his own deposit, before night patrol officers slapped him with a $645 “poo ticket” for the offence.

A hefty fine was issued to cab driver who police caught making a gross deposit at a Chirnside Park nature strip. Source: Eyewatch – Yarra Ranges Police Service Area / Facebook

“We have a Code Brown. I repeat, we have a Code Brown,” a post on the Yarra Ranges police Eyewatch Facebook page read, accompanying a picture of the infringement notice.

The picture shows the fine was issued for: ‘Obs[erve] male taxi driver defecate on nature strip roadside’.

“Rounding a bend with the high beams on, the members came across their own full moon, observing a 27-year-old taxi driver doing his business over the nature strip and footpath,” the post explained.

“Needless to say this behaviour is not tolerated and any future offenders will be prosecuted.

“Surely we don’t need to issue a warning reminding people not to do this.”

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