When you gotta go, you gotta go. At least that seems to be the sentiment of a man who defecated outside a popular Christchurch cafe late one Friday night, unaware he was being filmed on CCTV.
The footage from outside the central city cafe, C1 Espresso, on the corner of High and Tuam streets, captured a man cutting through the cafe's outdoor seating area before deciding to use the spot as a toilet.
Cafe staff checked the footage after a staff member stepped in the remains the next morning, before realising what the mess was.
C1 Espresso owner Sam Crofskey said the incident "isn't symptomatic of the city".
"The city is going to be great. We posted the video because it was so exceptional."
He also hoped the video would draw attention to his "hard working team" who obviously had to go "above and beyond the call of duty".
"None of us get paid enough to deal with that," said Crofskey. He implored people to give hospitality staff a hug: "They deal with unspeakable things."
The footage shows the young man squatting in a corner made by two planter boxes and keeping a sharp lookout, before defecating and urinating in clear view of the CCTV camera.
The man, dressed in T-shirt, shorts and a baseball cap, then walked out of shot with his shorts around his knees.
The following morning, Saturday, March 23, at 6.30am, as cafe staff were setting up for the day, one of the staff members stepped in the mess.
The CCTV footage was posted to YouTube on April 4 under the title "mornings are tough enough" and was shared on the cafe's Facebook and Twitter accounts in the following days.
The cafe reopened in November after a two-year, earthquake-enforced hiatus.
- The Press