Shop’s shock and awe plan to stop al-fresco urination

A BUSINESSMAN has devised a “shock and awe” plan to stop late night revellers urinating on his shopfront.

John O’Connor has installed a device at Custy’s Traditional Irish Music Shop that will give anyone who relieves himself on the premises an electric shock.

He also put up a sign warning ‘Electric Current in Operation – Urinate at Your Own Peril’ to let revellers know of the consequences of what he called “al-fresco urination”.

The music shop is located on Cooke’s Lane off Ennis’s main street, O’Connell Street and Mr O’Connor described installing the electric shock treatment as “total desperation”.

“I hate having to do this, but I’m not willing every Monday to be confronted with human detritus where I have to clean up human faeces, urine and vomit. Sometimes it can take 40 minutes to clean it all up.”

He said last Monday was particularly bad when the urine seeped into the building.

“I just got so annoyed that something had to be done.

“What I have done is in order to protect the business, the business here is being threatened by this behaviour. We have sat down silently for a long time, but it is time to confront it now.”

Along with the electric shock treatment, Mr O’Connor has also installed CCTV cameras to provide still shots of revellers urinating on the music shop property.

A high-powered lamp will also light up the area. Mr O’Connor confirmed he has spent between €2,500 and €3,000 on installing the equipment.

“I will have no compunction about placing photos of people who urinate on private property on a billboard on the main street or giving them to the gardaí.”

He said with the installation of the electric shock device and the CCTV cameras, “there will now be consequences”.

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