Worker pees in colleague's coffee

Last updated 10:04 10/04/2014
James Carroll Butler
FINED: US man James Carroll Butler was fined for peeing in a colleague's coffee pot.

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A United States man has been fined US$5001 (NZ$5743) for urinating in a co-worker's coffee pot.

Culpeper, Virginia resident James Carroll Butler admitted spiking the coffee of his colleague Michael Utz due to "personal ill will and spite toward him", the local Star Exponent newspaper reported.

Ironically, the pair worked at the town's wastewater treatment plant.

According to court records reported by the Star Exponent, Butler urinated into a toilet and then scooped up the water with a soft drink can, before pouring it into Utz's personal coffee pot.

When Utz went to drink the coffee "he was hit with a strong smell of urine, observing fluid already inside his coffee pot that he had not put in there".

The incident occurred in 2009 and resulted in a criminal misdemeanor assault charge that saw Butler sentenced to one year in jail, before the judge suspended 11 months.

Utz sued Butler for US$728,000 claiming severe emotional distress but a jury instead the jury this week awarded him US$1 in compensatory damages and US$5,000 toward punitive damages.

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