The “Mad Pooper” strikes again in Colorado Springs. The Police and residents of this city are facing a new kind of menace and don’t know how to tackle it. They are all on the lookout for a runner who just won’t stop pooping in people’s yards, public parks, and pavements. Cathy Budde, whose lawn has been the scene of this event over 15 times, told KKTV how her kids first caught the runner in their yard, pants around the ankle, mid poop. “They are like, ‘There’s a lady taking a poop!’ So I come outside, and I’m like … ‘are you serious?’” Budde told the local news station. When Budde confronted the runner about defecating on her lawn infront of her kids, the runner coolly replied, “Yeah, sorry.”
The story could end there, but The Mad Pooper has been visiting the neighborhood and leaving her poop and dirty napkins strewn about for the past seven weeks now. Budde and her family have caught the runner thrice in the act of pooping. Fed up with the lady’s antics Budde has posted fliers all around the neighborhood calling out “the female jogger that continuously uses our walkway as her toilet.” The runner has been caught on camera and Budde has even gotten a picture of her post-poo. But nothing seems to deter the spirit of this runner and she returns again.
Budde has lodged a complaint with the local police department, and the runner could be facing charges of indecent exposure and public defecation. Lt. Howard Black, who works with the Colorado Springs Police Department, told the Washington Post, “This has been comical, but I also don’t want to be flip about it.” Black continued, “If it’s a mental health issue, she’ll still be held accountable, but we would want to get her help.”
While cannot be insensitive towards the issue because “runner’s diarrhea” is a real thing. Around 83 percent of runners report of experiencing gastrointestinal problems during training or a race. The percentage has been seen to increase to about 90 percent with long-distance triathletes. When you jog or run, your body temperature increases, your body is stressed out and even your insides are jostling. This could be one of the few reasons why runners usually have the sudden (sometimes uncontrollable) urge to poo during a race.
One could give The Mad Pooper the benefit of doubt and excuse her, maybe once. But Budde’s neighborhood is not lacking public restrooms. Infact, Budde says that there is one right across the street from her house in addition to the porta-potties in the park nearby. But for some reason, the runner seems to prefer Budde’s yard and the neighboring backyards to do her business. “I put a sign on the wall that’s like ‘please, I’m begging you, please stop,’ Budde told KKTV. “She ran by it like 15 times yesterday, and she still pooped.”