You can file this one under not all Heroes wear capes. Meet this week's Hi My Name Is...AJ. Who works with Chemical Toilets aka the"Porta Potty". We've all been in one at some point, at a concert or festival. They can be gross, but next to the music, it's the #2 most important thing.
There must be some urban legend about falling in or having a hose brake and getting sprayed. There's got to be some gross stories, if not you? Maybe someone you've worked with?
-In this area of work you are bound to get a "shit bath". I've been told a story of someone who used to work in the yard sometime before I ever started. For background, when a truck comes back, we need to empty it. Usually into a larger truck(we call it the yard truck), then that truck is emptied at the end of the night.
So this guy was emptying into the yard truck and a couple of things happened at once. 1.the yard truck became full. 2. The truck has a way of closing off the vacuum so it can't fill up any more.... this failed. So the contents of the truck started to blow out the top and shower down around the truck. The guy had to run through the shower to the driver dude to shut off the truck.
Anyone lose something in there ( phone, ring...) and ask you or someone to get it out?
-Happens at events all the time. People get drunk and drop their phones in somehow. We end up with piles of them.
There has been a couple times someone would ask us to get one out, tho it's always too late to save it.
Anyone get stuck inside? or have it tipped over onto the door? (thinking of a time we had to help a girl out of one where the door broke and we had to tear the roof off to pull her out, this was at a blink concert years ago.
-I can't remember a time someone got stuck, most are hard plastic and the door can be forced open. Tho we had a driver go back to a site to re-clean a unit he just did an hour before because someone ended up ODing in it.
Is there a crowd or festival that fills them up more than any other? Country vs Metal vs Punk?
-I can't say, if it's a large crowd at an event they end up filling up all the same. However I will say when it comes to the restroom trailers. The woman's room is always the worst.
It seems like in this industry they have a pretty good sense of humor. What's the funniest name? Dr.Pumper, Stool Bus..
- I think "Yesterday's Meals on Wheels" is the best I ever heard.
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