Have you ever been frustrated by local officials refusing to take your problem seriously?
A Maine man disgruntled over a bed bug infestation and the response from local code enforcement has found a very unique way of getting his message across after being denied assistance… by bringing the problem to city officials.
Reportedly, the unidentified individual was in a dispute with his apartment’s landlord over an alleged bed bug infestation and was attempting to gain assistance from Augusta code enforcement in rectifying the matter, however, he was told by the city they would be be unable to assist.
Via Fox 8
A Maine man who was angry he didn’t qualify for assistance slammed a cup of live bed bugs Friday on the counter of a local municipal office and released around 100 of the tiny pests…
The man went to the code enforcement office earlier Friday to complain about bed bugs at his former apartment before leaving and later returning after he showed the cup of the bugs to a manager at his new apartment and was told he couldn’t live there.
"They're your problem, now!" yells man as he dumps cup of bed bugs at Augusta city hall, forcing the building to shut down, employee says pic.twitter.com/PVQ9D5GGwp
— Ted Homer WGME (@teddyhomernews) June 2, 2017
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One or more of the bugs landed on a city employee in the General Assistance office space, and City Manager William Bridgeo said action was taken to try to contain and recapture all 100 or so bugs. City Center, which houses the city’s municipal offices, closed shortly after the incident; and later Friday, a pest control contractor was in the building, spraying to try to kill any remaining bedbugs.
Bridgeo said the entire facility was closed as a precaution, especially because the man might have been to other parts of the building in addition to the General Assistance office area, where the incident took place.
Bridgeo said Augusta police were called immediately and located the man. Bridgeo said he signed a criminal complaint and trespass orders against him and he anticipated the man, whose identity was not immediately available Friday afternoon, would be charged with a crime.
Sgt. Christopher Shaw said Friday evening police were still working on the case and still deciding what, if any, charges would be filed. He declined to provide further detail, including the man’s name.
Further details on this bizarre care are currently unknown, however, it is probably safe to say this is not the appropriate method of convincing the city to assist with an issue.