Tossing a bag of dog feces on someone’s property is the kind of thing you’d expect from an adolescent, or maybe some intoxicated adults acting like adolescents. It’s not the kind of behavior you’d ascribe to the mayor of an upscale town in Southern California.
And yet, Mayor Dennis Kneier of San Marino, CA, has been caught on video lobbing a sack o’ doggie diamonds onto the lawn of one of his neighbors. He claims it’s merely a mistake, while the homeowner believes it’s political payback.
Security camera footage shows the mayor and his wife strolling down the sidewalk on Saturday. In the mayor’s right hand is a tied-up bag of poop (which everyone assumes is from a dog). As he passes by the house in question, the mayor tosses the bag up the walkway and onto the yard.
After he was identified in the footage, the mayor, who apparently doesn’t own a dog, says that he spotted the bag of excrement against a lamppost elsewhere on the property and that he should have been more thoughtful about where he tossed it.
“I made a mistake of putting it in his walkway,” Kneier said. “Rather than leaving it, I should have walked on by or disposed of it properly.”
The homeowner contacted police, who agree that the tossing off the bag appears to be intentional. The video doesn’t show when or where the mayor picked up the poop used in his dirty bomb.
“This was a mistake, for which I apologize,” wrote the mayor in a letter the homeowner. “It won’t happen again.”
But the homeowner isn’t having any of it. He says the apology letter only makes matters worse by trying to put some of the blame on the homeowner — who also owns no dogs — for allegedly having dog poop on his property to begin with.
“I don’t care where it was — if it fell from heaven and he got it,” the homeowner tells the Pasadena Star-News. “Chances are he had picked it up from the park. There is a dog waste station about 20 feet into the park… That would be logical because there are lots of bags of dog poop. He brought it all the way and dropped it on our property.”
The homeowner believes that he was targeted because of his recent opposition to a dog park that the mayor supports. The mayor tells the Star-News that he is offended by the allegation, saying that people are free to have their own opinions.