Douglas County

‘I had to go:’ Douglas utility worker caught urinating in homeowner’s front yard

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — A homeowner wants a Douglas County utility worker fired for urinating in his front yard. The worker’s company is now investigating the incident.

Channel 2′s Tom Jones spoke with the homeowner who said he caught the worker and confronted him on camera.

Decarlos Petty said he was upset for several reasons, including because it’s an area where his children often play.

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Petty says a crew from the Douglas County Sewer and Water Authority was at his home on Monday to relieve pressure from a fire hydrant.

“He was relieving his own pressure,” Petty said.

The father said the worker saw him looking and then turned into his truck and finished his business into a water bottle, which he then poured into the yard.

Petty recorded his confrontation with the worker.

“My kids play football and sports out here,” he can be heard saying.

“Man, I’m sorry. That’s all I can say. I had to go,” the unidentified worker replies.

The worker goes on to say he has medical issues.


Petty told Jones that he wants all three workers who were at his home fired.

He says his wife saw the man relieving himself and there are several women who live close by who could have witnessed it. It bothered him that the worker didn’t seem bothered by his actions.

“If he’s that comfortable to do that out here in the broad daylight, he’s definitely done that before,” he said.

The Water and Sewer Authority confirmed they are investigating the incident and any discipline or re-training will be done in accordance with personnel policies.

On the video Petty recorded, you hear him use foul language and call the worker offensive names. He asked the workers to get him a job with them and even asked the worker for $1000 to not take the story to the media.

Jones asked Petty about this. Petty said he only asked for the money after the worker asked to speak to him man to man. He says he never intended to take any money.

He says he made the request for a job because he is having difficulty getting a job after he says he was wrongly convicted of a crime in Douglas County.  Petty says he only went to the media because the men laughed as they left the scene and he felt like they treated the incident as a joke.

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