Pueblo trash company employee fired after being caught urinating near owners’ property
PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) – A Pueblo waste company worker lost his job after he was caught on camera urinating near a house while on the job.
On July 26, 2022, a C&C Disposal employee, identified as Mat Sheppard, was seen urinating while disposing of Kenneth Harper’s trash.
Harper shared the video with 13 Investigations. In the video, Sheppard is seen pulling down his pants and urinating in the alley behind Harper’s house.
“At first I was like this guy was disgusting. Are you really peeing on my trash can and in my alley,” Harper said.
Since the incident, Harper said he has called C&C several times to fix the issue, but those calls have not been returned.
“I just want them to respond. Someone urinates on my can and I tell them about it, that should be pretty scary,” Harper said. “I am a business owner. I would jump at the gun to solve this problem.”
13 Investigations called C&C Disposal several times Wednesday morning. They have not been returned. We went to their location in North Pueblo and showed them the video.
The company said it “does not condone this behavior.”
13 Investigations later learned that Sheppard was fired moments later. However, Sheppard called 13 Investigations and asked to tell his side of the story.
“I would like to apologize. I didn’t mean to pee on his property, when nature calls, I can’t help but pee,” Sheppard said.
Sheppard said his problem is the number of opportunities he has to use proper restrooms. He claims he only has one chance a day to use the toilet.
“They only told us once that we couldn’t do this, but our argument was that we only go to gas stations once a day,” Sheppard said.
This is a claim that C&C Disposal denies. They say 13 Investigations their workers are entitled to one 30-minute restroom break and two 15-minute restroom breaks each day. They also tell their workers to stop at the gas station whenever they need to use them.
“No one was there so I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal because I’ve done it before and I’ve seen other people do it before,” Sheppard said.
Harper said her reproach was about where the urination happened. He says it’s a few yards from Columbian Elementary School in Pueblo between Palmer Ave and Claremont Ave.
“Living in a school zone is about three hundred feet away. He’s got their company logo on, so he’s responsible for his actions and everything else,” Harper said.
C&C Disposal said it visited Harper’s residence after 13 Investigations visited their main office and showed them the video. They said the owner is more than welcome to file a police report.