Reader Email: Why Is The Bathroom At City Hall A Junkie’s Paradise?

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Hey Turtleboy, 

Not sure if you aware of it but I was pretty blown away… So I was just down at City Hall getting a new business certificate and went to the bathroom on the way out directly in front of the back door. I went into the stall and there was a sharps box for needles! So there was a beer cap and booze cap on top of the tp holder and empty plastic bags everywhere on the floor! I got to wash my hands and some dude walks in, right to stall, drops his jacket on the floor and starts booting up!!! They totally have no problem giving the junkies a safe booting up spot with no worries of being arrested. It’s fucking sick. I’m in their paying taxes and opening a business, while junkies who are contributing nothing are freely walking in and shooting up! They have no concern over safety. I had a thousand bucks in my pocket this junkie could’ve just robbed me for a fix and there’s no law enforcement anywhere. It’s fucking disgusting.








Turtleboy feels this guy’s pain. Was in City Hall filing that FOIA request for Mosaic’s checks a couple months ago and went in there hoping for some sweet relief. Instead I was overwhelmed with the most vile smell of urine and feces ever. It’s the only bathroom in there too, and it’s right when you walk into City Hall from the back. This is an area that Jumpin’ Joe Petty says that Worcester is supposedly vibrant. There’s a skating rink out there in the winter and tables where he hoped Mass College of Pharmacy students would eat lunch.

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But who wants to go there when they get there and this is what they see?



No one. Oh yea, and they’re building a luxury hotel where a historic church currently sits. I’m sure lots of upscale folks are gonna wanna come to Worcester, knowing full well that this is what they’re gonna see when they leave the hotel.

But hey, it doesn’t have to be like this. If the City Manager really wanted to do his job he’d make it clear to Gary Gemme that clearing the common of derelicts is a top priority. I know they have to go somewhere, so just put em all in a van, drop them off at Tracy Novick’s house and call it a day.

Boom. Problem solved.


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29 Comment(s)
  • bob
    May 23, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    II am a diabetic and will not ever give myself an injection in any public bathroom even if it looked clean. Show me any part of a public bathroom that is even somewhat sanitary. Only a complete fool would do an injection in a toilet. YUCK!!!!

  • UsualSuspect
    April 13, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I am just surprised they forgot to put the Narcan dispenser next to the sharps container!

  • Joe Max
    April 13, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Wait until one or more do not wake-up from their buzz. Just a matter of time, until that will be in the news again. Guaranteed.

  • Jake from State Farm
    April 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Worcester, including my old neighborhood Vernon Hill, is turning into a dump ……. who’s more to blame…. conservatives or liberals (you know the answer).

    It’s not just Worcester but the whole state, you know ….. which is primarily driven by Democrats

  • Publius
    April 13, 2016 at 11:07 am

    The rest rooms are disgusting and dangerous. Perhaps the CM and City Councilors should be forced to use them. Why do these bums get to ruin City Hall, the Library and of course the Common? This filth should be cleaned up. All lives do not matter!

  • Fed Up and Disgusted
    April 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Thank you, Turtleboy. A year ago my wife and I got a crash course in Worcester “governance.” We went to a city council meeting with other like-minded residents whose neighborhoods were being destroyed by the corrupt non-profit racket. On the way in to city hall my wife needed to use the ladies room. She came running out terrified moments after entering, telling me that a heavily tattooed woman who look like an extra from Zombie Apocalypse was injecting herself with a hypodermic needle. I found that the men’s room was empty and had her use it while I guarded the door. Before she finished a scraggly half-human life-form swigging from a liquor bottle tried to enter despite my objection. My wife was able to leave that filthy room before he made his way in.

    Once upstairs in the council chamber, we saw that two policemen, arms akimbo were acting as the praetorian guard for rat-faced Petty and nancy-boy Augustus. We decided against complaining as we did not want to dilute the effect of our planned short-talk. We now know that everything we had to say that night fell on deaf ears anyway. Sometimes it’s the small things that shed the most light. I won’t patronize a restaurant with a filthy restroom and I respect no city council that turns a blind eye to one. I suggest watching the movie Train Spotting with particular attention to the filthiest bathroom in all of Scotland for you to get an idea of this abomination.

  • Independent Thinker
    April 13, 2016 at 10:24 am

    An automatic death sentence for all drug dealers out to help solve the problem.

  • Dm
    April 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Any time I’m going for anything at City Hall do I refuse to use the restroom in there. There are gas station bathrooms that are in better condition than that place.
    Honestly the interior of City Hall could stand to use a serious renovation. I mean it’s not bad, but compared to all of the new office centers being renovated and put up around Downtown it’s starting to look rather dumpy.

    Also the outdoor tables on the common aren’t any better than the bathrooms themselves as many of them are quite filthy and a bit rusted. Whomever’s job it is to clean them really needs to start pulling their weight a bit more.

  • Truth
    April 13, 2016 at 9:05 am

    The common is a public park and it sucks but you can’t throw people out because they are laying around and or secretly doing drugs. The biggest reason these drug addicts are there is not about drugs but because it’s the closest public park to the soup kitchen at ST Johns. They eat three free meals there…you can follow them all back and forth if you like. These addicts are all here cause you payed to have them bused in. The 100 million dollar taxpayer funded drug treatment programs take the money and this is what you get in return. Yup, they walk out or get kicked out of the programs and start doing drugs and many end up on the common. The only solution is to privatize the common, shut down the soup kitchen stop licensing these drug treatment scams. If the common isn’t public then they have no “right” to be there. There will be no more “signers” in the street either. The numbers will dwindle to zero. This is 100%, go talk to these people, they all have the same story, half of these idiots are from Cape Cod. This drug treatment scam to City Hall common “pipeline” is killing Worcester. You can’t arrest your way out of this mess.

    • Fr. Away
      April 13, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Junkies get tossed at St. Johns. Anyone acting up gets tossed.

    • Maxito
      May 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      This is the exact same story in Boston Commons. I use to be an unpaid intern trying to get my resume improved while helping the government, and every morning at 845am the park street stop would have probably 20-30 bums right outside of it openly using drugs, selling drugs, TAKING FUCKING SHITS EVERYWHERE, smoking joints, aggressively pan handling, pimping the whores with them, hooting at working women, and napping ALL FUCKING DAY. 845am to 510pm. I still work near by and its the same fucking loser’s faces doing the same shit every day. Its because of all the fucking drug and homeless shelters. PLEASE STOP BRING THESE PEOPLE AROUND. someone needs to pour tar or oil all over the benches so nobody can use them. I rather see nobody sitting around then them blowing pot smoke all over me before I have to walk into work.

  • Prescott Peterson
    April 13, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Been that way since at least the ’80s. Probably even before that. I have to wonder what the bathroom(s) in Boston’s City Hall look like…

  • Devils Mouthpiece
    April 13, 2016 at 8:30 am

    These sharps containers are actually intended for diabetics and others that require injections for health reasons. They have been around for bathrooms for years and not uncommon. Pretty much every airport in the US has maintained sharps containers in the bathrooms for as long as I can remember.

    • Devils Mouthpiece
      April 13, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Who the heck would down vote that??? Oh yeah, those silly facts again…

      To preface my previous comment: there’s no doubt these bathrooms are being used for drugs, but that’s not what the sharps containers are intended for. I think the picture of it is a bit misleading and suggests to the reader they promote illegal drug use. I’m guessing it would happen regardless of the sharps containers presence.

    • Ceasar Augustus
      April 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Yeah, diabetics inject insulin in the Men’s room at city hall. Wake up and smell the smack, Jack.

      • GoneWest
        April 13, 2016 at 8:43 pm

        You’re an idiot Ceasar. Diabetics aren’t the only ones who take medicine via needles either. But I’m sure you’d be much happier having them pull down their pants and inject themselves next to you on a bench at city hall. These boxes are for everyone’s protection so no one gets accidentally stuck, and they’re in the bathroom for the privacy of the person in question.

  • Realist
    April 13, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Look, another slanted blog at the behest of an unnamed politician!

    • Itinerant Engineer
      April 13, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Look, another shill for the losers that think the status quo in Worcester is acceptable!

    • April 13, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Realist probably has a slanted asshole from putting one leg up on the toilet while he sells his favors in that same bathroom stall for his next fix.

      • Realist
        April 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm

        Good one there “Turd”! How appropriate!

  • Ceasar Augustus
    April 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

    A LOT more goes on in there besides drinking and drugging, too. Its HIV Central.

  • bird
    April 13, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Agreed, the public (taxpayers) restrooms at city hall are disgusting. It is truly shameful.

  • fordsnharleys
    April 13, 2016 at 2:43 am

    And the council is actually worried about a medical marijuana dispensary downtown. I really don’t think it will attract a worse element.

    • Wabbitt
      April 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      If anything, it’ll attract a middle class element.

  • tidywhitey
    April 13, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Any TB City Hall insiders know what facilities the City Manager, Mayor, etc. use when at City Hall? Just curious if they have their own facilities with a lock and key, far away from the underling tax payers (and junkies).

    Shameful! Worcester is fast turning into New Haven…or maybe it is already there.

  • John
    April 13, 2016 at 12:42 am

    What ever happened to bribing a bum to sit in front of Ms. Novick’s house with his cardboard begging sign? I’m still up for throwing down a twenty on that.

    • Eric
      April 13, 2016 at 1:04 am

      I too will contribute. Hell, I will even join. ( I am 1000% serious)

      • UsualSuspect
        April 13, 2016 at 5:47 am

        Someone needs to start a GoFundMe for this ASAP!

    • FiestyLawyerLady
      April 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

      I bid $20 and neon markers for the sign.

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