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Camera Shows Man Urinating in Company Coffee Pot

July 25, 1994

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) _ The coffee just didn’t taste right so workers at Wire Rope of America set up a hidden camera to try to find out why. What they found was a co-worker using the coffee pot as a urinal.

″I just wanted to break his legs, shoot him or whatever,″ said Richard Poe, a plant electrician.

Instead, Poe and his fellow factory workers turned the videotape over to police and company officials. Police in turn gave the tape to Buchanan County prosecutors, who are considering bringing charges. The man’s identity hasn’t been released.

In the meantime, KQTV broadcast a copy of the tape Saturday.

The man, who Poe said was feuding with other workers, was fired after the July 16 incident. A company official declined to say if the dismissal was related to the coffee pot incident.

The health of factory employees was probably not put at risk, said Richard Biery, the Kansas City health director.

″A healthy person normally puts out relatively noninfectious urine,″ Biery said. ″But from the aesthetic point of view, it’s gross.″