Businessman Bills Michigan Town $156 for Cleaning Filthy Public Bathroom

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A businessman said he was so frustrated with the condition of a public bathroom in the western Michigan tourist town of Saugatuck that he cleaned it himself, and billed the city $156 for his work.

Steve Oswald told WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids that customers of his shop complained Aug. 9 about the condition of the bathroom.

Oswald checked it out and said he "wouldn't have sat down there." He called a city official and soon got to work, spending 45 minutes cleaning.

City Manager Kirk Harrier said the bathroom typically is cleaned twice daily, and he thinks it got dirty quickly because it was a busy tourist weekend. Since then, the city has increased cleanings.

Harrier said the city appreciates Oswald's effort, but city council hasn't decided whether to pay him.