Now, it seems a council is getting in on the act:
Piles of dog mess have been spray-painted bright green by a Dorset council to try to shock owners into picking up their pets' waste.I hate to tell anyone how to suck eggs, but if they are happy to let their dog crap in the street without poop-scooping, they are probably happy to leave it there no matter WHAT colour it is.
Some people just think they’re above that sort of thing, after all.
Poole council took the action after about 200 piles of mess were found in an alley near Poole High School.‘On the grass verges…’ And you’re painting the poo green?
Workers are still cleaning mess on the paths but any piles on the grass verges in the area will be painted and, if not removed, cleared up after a week.
Is it me, or..?
Opposition councillor Brian Clements said it was a "bizarre thing to do".Oh, you’re not wrong, Brian.
The Liberal Democrat added: "My first sense would be to catch the people who let their dogs foul and take action against them.Ah, but you see, the sort of people that let their dogs crap where they please are often the sort of people who wouldn’t take kindly to a council worker pointing that out.
"These council workers should be spending the time finding these people not painting piles of dog poo, it is a very bizarre thing to do."
Much, much easier – and safer! – to trot around with a pot of paint. Less chance of a trip to A&E.
Shaun Robson, head of environmental services, said: "Dog fouling is a real concern for residents of Poole.Yes, indeed. You have to think of new ways that don’t involve..err… actually catching people….
"Unfortunately we have a small minority that don't seem to get the message.
"We hope the paint will help highlight the size of the problem and change people's behaviour.
"We do our best to catch people but it is very difficult and we have to think of new ways, like this idea."