Charge of the caught-short brigade

A trader plans to give drunken revellers the shock of their lives if they continue urinating against his shop front.



Businessman John O'Connor said he could no longer put up with his premises being used as an outdoor toilet by a steady stream of late-night partygoers.

The 46-year-old is responding to the anti-social behaviour by wiring up an electric current on the pavement outside his music shop in Co Clare, in the Irish Republic.

An angry Mr O'Connor said his shop was not a dumping ground and warned revellers should zip-up or face the shocking consequences.

"If anybody persists and continues with the anti-social behaviour they'll get a shock, they'll know all about it," he said.

The trader, who operates Custy's Traditional Music Shop hidden away on a narrow lane off Ennis main street, said his business has been a popular spot for drunken revellers to relieve themselves.

Frustrated and angered by the flood of vandalism, a friend gave him an electric box with a cable coming from it and five wires.

They spread across the pavement immediately in front of his shop and will give anyone who comes near it an electric jolt.

"The wires are on the ground where I'm greeted every Monday morning with pools of their urine, mounds of their faeces," he said.

"You can see it (wires), it's pretty obvious what's there. There are signs everywhere.

"Last Monday morning the place was destroyed. Urine had seeped into the door jam. I was greeted by a flood of urine inside on the carpet and lino, I had to clean it up for about an hour."

Mr O'Connor has spent around 3000 euro putting in CCTV cameras and other security devices to deter the revellers.

"I just said, look I've been doing this for years. I've tolerated it but you come to a certain stage that when you're greeted with this you just say enough is enough.

"These people have to be confronted. There has to be consequences as to what you do."

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