Sidewalk scrawl ‘scoop your poop’

If you walk along the east side of 14th Ave between 63rd and 64th, you’ll see orange circles painted in the grass between the street and the sidewalk.

At a glance, there are about 20 of these randomly-placed circles. Upon closer examination, the circles of orange paint are around dog poop.

And a few feet away, a message on the sidewalk reads, “Scoop your poop.”


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tiktok
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tiktok

Paint? Great–more graffiti. Poop washes away. Paint stays around for a long time.

Jules
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Jules

Good for whomever, I say. Everytime I walk The Naughtiest Dog in Ballard I end up picking up someone else's dog's poo as well. Sheer negligence.

keyboard kitty
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keyboard kitty

Its utility marking paint, it comes off pretty easily.

Either way, I applaud this action and would hope that it can be enhanced by:

-Placing an arrow pointing at the offenders home
-Taking photos of them in the act and posting them online

Plenty of violators in 1545 / 1525 NW 57th Street who let their dogs poop along 56th where the old Key Bank was. I intend to upload their pictures later on.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Then maybe they should paint over it with something more lasting.
I also applaud this action, but would hesitate posting pictures online. I'm pretty sure that's a violation of privacy, and I know it's against the rules the Geeky Ones have laid down.

fourmuses
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fourmuses

I hope they step in poop. Then they'll realize that they need to pick up their dogs' poop.

Jules
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Jules

I'd guess that this is not an isolated incident on this street, to make someone take this action.

Occasionally I feel like taking a can of spray paint to our driveway and writing “Don't Park Here. Not for One Second. Yes, that Means You, Too.”

Chocolate_Lab
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Chocolate_Lab

Two wrongs make a right??? I wonder if the person that wrote this thinks of the people that equally disagree defacing public property is a crime! From a dog owner that picks up EVERY PILE!

Name
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Name

I live right there and as a dog owner I applaud this. I regularly see people ignoring the scoop laws around here and it makes us conscientious dog owners very pissed off.

Gurple
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Great. Now the sidewalk has dog poop /and/ a giant sign saying “Scoop Your Poop”. Doubly attractive.

I'm all for scooping. I always scoop. I get as pissed off as anyone at people who don't. When I see it, I yell at them, try to make them feel like what they should be scooping.

But this passive-aggressive crap doesn't work. The signs that say “Don't let your dog poop here”? All they do is further uglify the neighborhood.

Vonne Carson
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I believe it they are in public, on public property, their photo is fair game. Unless someone tries to sell it or make a profit by it.

KellyB
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KellyB

What if it's cougar poop? ;-)

motorrad
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motorrad

So graffiti is now acceptable. I thought I was just reading forums here that were complaining about graffiti in Ballard. I am glad to know it is now acceptable as I have some messages for some of you. So look to the sidewalks for my social directives and opinions. And don't you dare complain about it, because I will use utility paint that comes off in, what, a year maybe?

NEIGHB0R
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NEIGHB0R

Get real, people. Spraypainting and McCarthyism isn't going to get folks to pick up their dog feces. If it's a problem near your house, leave a baggie-dispenser and a bucket.

“Placing an arrow pointing at the offender's home,” though proving your point, also likely qualifies as illegal intimidation. I do NOT want our local law-enforcement officers' time wasted on that kind of garbage. So don't do it.

great idea
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great idea

as long as we get the punks doing all the graffiti some of this same utility paint, they can go around tagging whatever they want.

Jules
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Jules

Perhaps someone can put up a little website with pictures of the miscreants. After all, it is not actually aa violation of anyone's privacy IF they are in public. (paparazzi. I rest my case.) Public shame has always been an effective deterrent to bad behavior.

Philip
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Philip

Cause the “Geeky Ones” run the internet?

stopthebuzz
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stopthebuzz

They run this website and violating their rules here would be impolite.

stopthebuzz
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stopthebuzz

The graffiti definition is clearly subjective and only applies when it's written on or about things people like. otherwise, it's just plain awesome. can't you see how it all makes sense???

NoraBell
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NoraBell

They run this blog. I was making the assumption the pics would be posted here. Thus violating the rules of this blog.

Ralph
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Ralph

Where does one buy utility paint? I need some.

Name
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Name

Awesome. Too many times I've stepped in other dogs' poop late at night when reaching down to pick up my own dog's business. I don't think there is a need to invade anyone's privacy, but a little washable paint that shames an unknown individual is a great idea.

Gurple
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Shames an unknown individual? That person doesn't feel shame the way humans do — we're talking about cretins, here.

On the other hand, the property owner gets insult added to injury — already their lawn got pooped on, and now they've got a bright orange circle. How are they going to wash paint out of grass?

ballardrocks
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ballardrocks

I always pick up after my dog too…..a few years ago someone simply put signs up (around 61st by US bank) that said “scoop your poop it's the law”….i think that was more effective. But, I do like the spirit with which this action was taken…..

JM98107
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JM98107

Could it be cougar poop?

phinneynotballard
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phinneynotballard

I need to invest in a baggie dispenser (and presumably baggies) and a shovel so people don't leave dog crap outside my house? What is your address to send you the bill?

If spraypainting and McCarthyism won't work, how about a paintball gun? We can mark the owners instead of the street.