10 Unusual Things You Might Find in a Portable Toilet

May 1, 2020

Portable toilets in Toledo, OH can be the most convenient and private place to use the restroom when you’re at an outdoor event. While owners and the sanitation crew make every effort to keep them as clean as possible, they’re open to the public. That means that you, or the porta potty rental company, might find some unusual things inside.

Here are some of the strangest things we’ve found in our portable toilets:

  • Sleeping people: When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go… to sleep, that is. It’s not unusual to find drunk or passed-out folks in a porta potty, especially at festivals and events with alcohol.
  • Wallets or jewelry: This happens more often than you’d think. The right thing to do is to try to find the owner, of course, or visit the lost and found on the premises. If it goes unclaimed, you may be able to keep it.
  • Cell phones: Like wallets and jewelry, cell phones get dropped or left behind in portable toilets all the time. We suggest doing a “wallet, keys, phone” check before you head out—and make sure not to drop it in the tank!
  • Drugs: If you spot drugs or drug paraphernalia, don’t touch them—especially if it involves sharp objects. Notify the event staff or call the number on the porta potty for assistance.
  • Weapons: Yes, people have actually found weapons in a portable toilet, whether a pocket knife or something more extreme. Just as you would if you find drugs in a porta potty, let someone know what you’ve found so it can be safely removed.
  • Cameras: If you spot a camera in a porta potty, be kind and take it to the lost and found so the owner can be reunited with it.
  • The idea of fireworks in a portable toilet might be funny in theory, but they’re dangerous. If you see them, make sure you let event staff know as soon as possible.
  • Clothing: Make sure you don’t leave your jacket (or anything else) behind—workers have found all sorts of interesting clothing items in portable toilets.
  • Garbage: Garbage doesn’t belong in a porta potty—the holding tank is meant to collect human waste and toilet paper only. Unfortunately, some people still use porta potty tanks as trash bins.
  • Graffiti: This might not be particularly unusual or strange, but it doesn’t belong in a portable toilet. Some people feel the urge to express themselves with permanent marker or paint. The old poem that starts with, “Here I sit, brokenhearted…” might be funny to you, but it probably isn’t to the folks who are in charge of removing it.

Keeping portable toilets in Toledo, OH clean and safe means everyone has to be respectful—but not everyone is. Watch out for these items (or people) and be sure to clean up after yourself as much as possible.

For porta potty rentals in the Toledo area, Ace Diversified Services has you covered—call us today to learn more about your options!

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