The gall of this guy! Because of him, somebody at Loose Park has probably stepped in it.
Let the witness, Brian Casey, explain:
Casey was parking in a lot off Wornall Road when he noticed a man, who appeared to be in his 50s, get out of an SUV and approach the doggie litter bag dispenser.
“He stood in front of the post, where he surreptitiously removed all the plastic sacks, one at a time, and stuffed them into the handwarmer section of his hoodie sweatshirt.”
The perp returned to his vehicle with a bulge in front. Casey wonders why anyone would steal doggie bags and whether it happens often. And should he have recorded the license number?
“By the way, I saw no pet in the SUV,” said Casey, who lives in Kansas City.
“As a doggie yourself, you should take a special interest in this caper and get to the bottom of it.”The answer
As a doggie himself, The Watchdog is insulted by such callous behavior. Did this guy skip obedience school?
It’s impossible to know how common this crime is, however. The Kansas City parks department gets occasional calls about empty dispensers, but not regularly, said Forest Decker, the department’s superintendent of parks/natural resources.
But parks officials are open to prosecuting such cases, as they are with any theft from a park.
It’s best to record the license number and call the department.
“I don’t think we want them to call 911 for stealing poop bags,” Decker said.
If a theft-proof dispenser exists, Decker hasn’t seen one.
“I have seen some that dispense only one bag at a time, like you find in restrooms for paper towels, but someone could just keep taking them and get them all eventually.”