While there's plenty of hard work going into the repairs of Dexter Rd., there is some play too. The portable toilet at the corner of Dexter and Doty was occupied by one worker recently when a co-worker, driving a huge CAT loader and balancing a large, rectangular sheet of metal on its tines, lightly tapped the outhouse with the corner of his load, then backed up and continued on his way.
Upon emerging, the man was asked by a bystander, "Did he have you worried?"
"No," the man laughed, "I knew he was coming." Apparently in the long history of hijinks among these crews, this was a tame one. A loader once picked up an entire occupied porta-potty and raised it high in the air.
While p-pot pranks are plentiful, it's not only the drivers of the big rigs responsible for the horseplay. Cars have been parked in front of them, preventing anyone inside them from exiting; doors have been taped shut, and locks clamped on outside handles.
And it's not only around the rest rooms that road worker shenanigans swirl. Drivers of the big water trucks can't always resist hosing down groups of their colleagues while driving by.
"Anything to have a little fun on the job," says one worker, before hastily adding, "So long as the supervisor is not around."
[Originally published in July, 2012.]
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