Would You Pick $58 Out Of Dog Poop?

In these tough financial times, you have to make your money any way you can. And if that includes extricating some cash from the recently deposited canine feces, well… okay, that’s a bit gross. But that didn’t stop a man in St. Louis from doing it.

A man working for a company called — no joke — DoodyCalls Pet Waste Removal was called to, you guessed it, remove some pet waste. And while going about his tasks, he noticed there was a different kind of mysterious green stuff inside a pile of pooch poop.

It was $58 in cash.

After mulling over what to do, the man ultimately opted to extricate the currency, which he then sanitized and placed into a plastic baggy. Rather than pocket the passed bills, he returned them to the client.

While the money was worse for wear following its trip through the doggy’s digestive system, the serial numbers will still intact, meaning the money could be exchanged for less-soiled bills at a bank.

Hey, at least we now know that cash isn’t going to make your dog sick.

Pet waste picker-upper finds $58 in a dog’s… well, you know [L.A. Times]


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  1. DowneMixedBoi says:

    Wouldn’t you like to know….

  2. bdcw says:

    Gives new meaning to the phrase ‘filthy lucre”.

  3. Polish Engineer says:

    What breed was it…. I’d trade my dog in for the kind that craps money.

    I love my dog dearly, but he is just a furry money pit.

  4. farcedude2 says:

    I’d dig it out, sanitize it, and then immediately take it to the bank to exchange.

  5. Polish Engineer says:

    What breed was it…. I’d trade my dog in for the kind that craps money.

    I love my dog dearly, but he is just a furry money pit.

  6. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    That is probably the best company name ever.

    • redskull says:

      I’m wondering how they stay in business. Are there really that many people out there needed poo removed from their sidewalks? And couldn’t you just use a stick or something to put it in a baggie yourself, for free?

      • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

        Some dog owners have their dogs poo in the back yard. Over the course of a month, a medium-sized dog can cover a lot of real estate with doody; since it’s outside and thus not stinking up the house, most owners don’t bother with cleaning it up or doing anything with it. (When I was a kid, our most vile punishment was digging a hole and shoveling all of the dog poo into it.)

        There are totally companies that will take your money to handle this basic pet-ownership chore. Public parks and dog parks also probably hire these sorts of services.

        • fourclover54 says:

          I would think some disabled or elderly pet owners may not be able to do the *ahem* clean up themselves, so I could see how this service might be beneficial for them.

        • sonneillon says:

          Your dad had a similar idea of punishment to mine, except instead of a hole I had a trash bag.

  7. Eat The Rich -They are fat and succulent says:

    Yes. Rubber gloves are cheap and the bills will wash out just fine.

    You can then go spend them at a store you hate.

  8. coren says:

    If I were keeping it, maybe. Not to give to another person though.

  9. hoi-polloi says:

    Are you kidding? My wife and I used cloth diapers for three years. I’d snag that $58 while barely batting an eye.

    • excaza says:

      I’m guessing you two were a hit at the office ;)

      • hoi-polloi says:

        I used to wear boxers. My coworkers were pleased when crap wasn’t hitting the floor. My boss said I can finally start feeding myself in the break room.

  10. Randell says:

    Make it a hundred bucks and I might pull it out with my teeth

  11. Cyniconvention says:

    Actually, while reading this, it wasn’t the fact that he picked money out of crap.

    It was the fact that there is a service that picks up after your dog to begin with. Seriously? That’s…you have to wonder how much they pay the man…enough so that he can give back 58$

  12. Osi says:

    BTW: I taser all dogs who enter my yard. We have a fenced in yard with the gate closed. The fence is only a few feet high so dogs can and do come in and have fun with the yard ..

    Tasers for the rescue!

    Oh, to answer the question .. I doubt it.

    • KishuT says:

      you are a bad person…

      • NarcolepticGirl says:

        sounds like the dog owners are bad people

        • S says:

          They’re not as bad as the people who intentionally ran their dogs through our land trying to scare the deer into their lease. The second time it happened, four of the five dogs didn’t make it out. The fifth one wouldn’t have made it either, but my dad said his gun jammed.

          • Al Tuna says:

            You do know there are laws against animal cruelty? And you’re supposed to call the police and animal control instead of killing domestic creatures that don’t know any better?

            • S says:

              The police would either laugh and not respond or take at minimum two hours to respond. The dogs had intentionally caused harm to our livestock, and their owners had been warned about releasing the dogs on our property. They flatly denied ever coming on to our property and/or releasing their dogs there even though the deercam had some nice pictures of them doing just that. The dogs may not have deserved it, but as there is no “animal control” in our area and killing humans is even less acceptable than killing dogs, they were the ones that suffered.

              • jason in boston says:

                Hold on, can you explain if you have deer? Are they as livestock, or rehab, or are they just like my parents – they end up in the backyard? I’m interested.

                With that said – anything that endangers livestock deserves a bullet. Dog, human, whatever. FWIW, a rottweiler has the the strongest bite force of any domestic dog and they have herding in their blood. I couple of them would make quick work of the neighborhood dogs.

                • Osi says:

                  You do know … tasering a dog does not kill them? Assumption = FAIL

                  • axhandler1 says:

                    Sort of like how you failed at assuming jason in boston was responding to your post instead of the one made by S?

                    • jason in boston says:


                      I am truly interested in the deer situation, because if he has access to a boatload of venison…

                      Also, I love big herding dogs. Even if they can snap my leg in 2.

                  • RadarOReally has got the Post-Vacation Blues says:

                    So if I beat you senseless, because is doesn’t kill you, it’s not cruel?

                    • Fidget says:

                      I would support your research here.
                      Then again, anybody with soft-core porn as their avatar must be awesome and not at all socially fucked up, right?

                  • KishuT says:

                    tasering a dog does not always kill, yes. But tasering a human can cause perminent damage, and dogs are in general MUCH smaller beings then humans. so for you to tase a dog = FAILLLLL at human decency.

                • S says:

                  There are horses and cows in fields that sit on about 190 acres. It isn’t unusual to see several deer grazing in the fields with the livestock. Only about 10-15 acres are field while the rest is forested. There is a barn, wellshed, and a camp that is currently used as storage. All of the fields and buildings are located almost 1/4 mile into the property.

                  I borrowed my friend’s deercam to find out why the livestock had suddenly started tearing through fences like they weren’t there, wounding themselves pretty badly sometimes. This was probably not the second time these dogs had been set loose on our property but the fifth or sixth time at least. I can only prove that they were there twice, but they haven’t returned since, because as I understand it those were some pretty expensive dogs.

                  I can understand a dog or two getting lost and wandering through the property, and even knowing that these were set loose intentionally I wouldn’t have shot them. Had I been there that day, I would have tried to catch them and release them down the road 40 or 50 miles away.

              • KishuT says:

                There are other ways to deal with the dogs that stupid people let run wild. Its not the animals fault they were given to jerks. More unacceptable to kill humans? Sure maybe as far as the law in concerned, but in this exact case, it would have made more sense to shoot the people that did this, killing their dogs will only make them get new ones to do the same thing.

    • Kia says:

      Wow. You are an evil, evil person. And I thought my granddad was a jerk just for tossing random objects in an attempt to scare things away. :

    • Al Tuna says:

      Hope somebody nails you someday for animal cruelty

    • tbax929 says:

      I’m not even a dog lover (more of a cat person), and I think that’s totally not cool. I hope you get busted some day for animal cruelty.

    • Osi says:

      You guys need to think before you type. It is not animal cruelty. Nice try though ;)

      • KishuT says:

        how is it NOT cruelty, you are zapping a pup with between 25k and 900k VOLTS. that is totally uncalled for when the animal in question is not attacking or endangering you in ANY way.

    • witeowl says:

      Troll, right? Gotta be…

  13. Mr. Pottersquash says:

    you COMPLETELY oversold yourself. Id dig through that poop for 10 bucks and a wetnap.

    kudos to the guy for giving it back, but honestly he just earned himself a lifelong customer with tip if he wasn’t getting on before. Well worth giving back 60 bucks of feces encrusted money.

  14. failurate says:

    Good thing he didn’t Vapoorize that poo.

  15. Fidget says:

    Okay, don’t know that I would have given it back after cleaning it myself. Then again, I don’t do that for pay. If that guy didn’t earn himself a lifetime customer there, or failing that a $58 tip…
    Poor dog, though.

  16. Economists Do It With Models says:

    This man is a saint. If this had come out of my dog, I would not even for one second judge the guy for pocketing the money if he had chosen to do so.

  17. FrugalFreak says:

    Yep, I’d do it. like poop won’t wash off.

    Like none of you never got poop on your hands as a kid.

  18. NarcolepticGirl says:

    I mean… I might have picked up the crap, put it into a bag and later on spray the pile with a hose until the shit rinsed away…. then dry out the money.

  19. Tim says:

    Hmm. Would bills make it through an autoclave? Something tells me they wouldn’t.

    Nonetheless, I’d take a few hours to sterilize the money in every way I know. I’d boil it in water, I’d soak it in alcohol, I’d run it through a clothes washer and a dishwasher … yeah, I’d clean it pretty well. But the answer is yes.

  20. aja175 says:

    Hose down the steaming pile, pick up the bills with a glove or bag, run it thru the washer. what’s the problem?

  21. rpm773 says:

    I suppose now he’s looking to have that money laundered…

  22. snowmentality says:

    Sure I would. I’d use the same trick as picking up dog poop by hand — put hand inside plastic bag, pick through poop using bag as glove, then turn bag inside out, leaving poop-covered money inside bag and clean side of bag on the outside. No need to touch the poop with bare hands.

    Then I’d take the money home and wear gloves to wash it in hot water and soap.

    Maybe it’s just that I’ve worked in bio labs, but as long as I can wear gloves and breathe through my mouth if it stinks, I’m cool with pretty much anything.

  23. Mr. Ree says:

    That’s a pretty crappy job and I bet his customers give him all kinds of shit.

  24. mandy_Reeves says:

    My shihtzu pooped a dime or two and a buddy of mines dog pooped a 20

  25. Bob Lu says:

    Hell, I will do it for $5.8

  26. diasdiem says:

    I think I would follow that dog around for a while. Just in case.

  27. weblamer says:

    for $58 i’d pick it out of human poop.

  28. 5seconds says:

    Being a father of 2 young boys and a dog owner, I probably have some amount of poop on me at any given time. So to do what I already do, but get paid $58 for it? No problem.

  29. lehrdude says:

    This gives new meaning to the term “hot off the press”…

  30. Galium says:

    The dog was just glad it was not $58.00 in change.

  31. prizgrizbiz says:

    The dog’s mouth was writing checks his body couldn’t cash – WRONG.

  32. TehLlama says:

    I get paid less than that every day for the privilege of going overseas and having to shovel hills of human excrement on occasion, yet I wouldn’t.

  33. ajlei says:

    For some reason I was imagining a single $58 bill.

  34. webweazel says:

    Heck, I had to dig through my kid’s nasty diaper poop to find the dime he swallowed, to make sure it passed. Since I was already there, I figured, ‘what the heck’. Washed it, rinsed in alcohol, and is now stored in a ziploc bag. I can spring it on him during his first date, or prom night, or something to maximize the embarrassment.

  35. jiubreyn says:

    Honestly? Yea, I would. It would be spent just as fast as I found it…or deposited into the bank via ATM. :)

    Gloves anyone?

  36. MishunAcomplisht says:

    OMG seriously? Is really the kind of level / story this blog is sinking to? No wonder you are losing readers and sponsors.

    In fact this is totally a non story because the guy didn’t take the money, he gave it back, so the value of the money was totally irrelevant.

    Chris in case you weren’t clear, this is really a story for your blog or Twitter feed nobody follows, not a Consumerist posting. Thanks.

  37. Intheknow says:

    That’s why god invented plastic gloves (heavy duty) and clothes pins. I’d do it, but you bet I’d run it through the gentle wash cycle and take it to the bank in a plastic zip-lock bag (and warn the teller).

  38. Intheknow says:

    Hey, I’ve changed cloth diapers for all three of my kids. Dog doo, no problem!