Security staff at the Saskatchewan legislative building are outing party bus pit stops in hopes that some public shame will stop people from urinating on the building.
Sergeant-At-Arms Patrick Shaw met with the media Wednesday morning to explain that security cameras have been catching party bus riders – both men and women – relieving themselves on the building for about four years now.
“We’ve asked these companies repeatedly to stop doing it and we’ve been met with a kind of jocular attitudes saying, ‘what we can do?’ Well, you can certainly stop allowing them to get off in front of the leg to do that.”
Shaw said three different companies have been caught on tape allowing riders to relieve themselves.
“We’ve contacted the owners of the companies and talked to them and they just don’t seem to care.”
Shaw said his security staff doesn’t leave the building to deal with the party bus pit stops or any other security issue outside of the building at night. Instead, they’ve been instructed to call the city police, who Shaw says is well aware of the problem. However, no charges have been laid in the incidents so far.
After years of peeing perpetrators, Shaw said he just wants it to stop.
“I just think it’s disgraceful … this is the seat of government for the province of Saskatchewan. This is where laws are made. And certainly there are other venues for you to use a public washroom.”
Derrick Engen is the CEO of Carpe Diem, a transportation company pictured in the security footage released by the legislature.
Engen told News Talk Radio on Wednesday morning that he has never been contacted by the legislature. He said while his vehicles stop for customers at the legislature, he has no way of controlling what they do once they get off of the bus.
“From my perspective, we do drop people off to take pictures at the legislature, certainly not to disrespect the legislature in any way.”
Despite being disappointed by the video being released, Engen said he would be speaking to the drivers of his buses to try and deter the tinkle stops at the legislature.
“This is not a practice that we condone.”