Man Sues After Being Locked in Toilet

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NORFOLK, Va. Sept. 27 — A sudden, irresistible urge. A portable toilet. A confrontation with an angry construction worker. Now, a federal lawsuit.

William Tremmel, 68, of Altoona, Pa., needed to go. Badly. So he dashed to the nearest portable toilet on the Virginia Beach boardwalk.

Problem was, it belonged to construction workers for Weeks Marine, a company hired by the city to replenish the beach. And those workers were fed up with outsiders using the company can.

They retaliated, Tremmel claims in a lawsuit filed last month, by driving a bulldozer or front-end loader to the toilet and blocking the doorway, pinning him "inside the rank tomb."

Tremmel is seeking $100,000 for the Aug. 19, 2001, incident.

Weeks doesn't deny its employee blocked Tremmel in the toilet but says the worker was within his rights.

Tremmel says he was locked inside for 25 minutes. He claims members of his family shouted at the worker, but the man left and returned with his foreman, who chastised Tremmel through the closed door and accused him of trespassing.

Tremmel says the "abduction and false imprisonment" caused him "humiliation, mortification, shame, vilification, injury to his feelings, mental suffering, insult and indignity." Tremmel and his wife were celebrating their anniversary.

The lawsuit also says Tremmel has emphysema, was recovering from prostate surgery and had undergone double-bypass heart surgery.

Weeks Marine denied that the workers chastised Tremmel or that he was locked in the toilet for almost half an hour. Weeks says in court papers that its workers believed blocking Tremmel's exit was "reasonable" because he was "wrongfully using the port-o-let."

No hearing date has been set.

You can see this story here:

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20030927_19.html
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Well you got to go you got to go. I would have hated to be locked in a portatoilet for half an hour. especially one being used by construction workers. But come on $100,000 for humiliation, it's more humiliating bringing it into the newspapers and courts I think.
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Man, thats gotta be horrible, sitting in a friggin portable toilet for 30minuted (but hey, Id do it someone gave me $100,000).
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You shouldnt be talking about my husband like that! :shock:
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LoL, nice musik. I think the construction workers could do that if the guy was tresspassing on their site. But it seems that if he was really in there that long, that they went a bit far.
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I would sit in one of those any day for $100,000.00 paid to me in full.
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Even if it had just been used for a whole day of hard construction person work?
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Hell yah, I could do plenty with $100,000.00
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Bigwebmaster wrote:
Hell yah, I could do plenty with $100,000.00
me too me too! ;) :P this story's pretty funny really. sad too, that people do the things they do.
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:)
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Holy cow thats a lot of money...
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See, the thing is.... that's alot of money... Why are they wasting millions of dollars on sound and video equipment? Unless it's one of those televised churches, if it is, I can see why.
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ahaha they have those televised churches here in the early hours of sunday morning, but those guys are sharks! (send us money and jesus will save you kinda type).
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:)
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yeah the organisation "church" kinda thing I belong to is like that - most donate 10% of earnings to the centre. We acheive a lot of cool things for the community/world with that money.
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Yeah are church does alot of missions trips and we do alot of nice things, like donate alot of stuff.
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Yep its great when funds go where they are supposed to! So much good can be done for the benefit of everyone not only just the members :D
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Yeah...I agree musik...And ya know what...I am wondering....(wow allot of these dots).... Do you spell your name Musik because thats how it's spelled in australia or just because you wanted to?
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Its actually German for music :wink: (being half german)

I am a HUGE music fan and its a nickname that seems to be available in all the places I need it to be :D
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Ok I was figuring it was german because i am in german and i know how things are spelled..anyways yah now i get it. i was just wonderin if they spelled it like that in australia, what language you speak there besides english?
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I speak a bit of german, lebanese and english :D
you?
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English lol, German, and my friend taught me a few swearwords in Albainian.
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ahahahah they are what everyone learns first! :lol:

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