Friday, September 15, 2017

How one Park Circle neighborhood has avoided a potentially messy situation with the poop emoji

Diplomatic dog duty

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 1:41 PM

click to enlarge Oak Terrace Preserve residents can put poop emoji stickers on their garbage cans to signal if they are dog poop friendly - SAM SPENCE
  • Sam Spence
  • Oak Terrace Preserve residents can put poop emoji stickers on their garbage cans to signal if they are dog poop friendly
Group discussions on neighborhood Facebook pages can get a little heated. It's easy to rail against the Jones' overgrown lawn from behind a screen in your breakfast nook, or to complain about errant, un-bagged dog doo until you're blue in the face.

For Amanda Hollinger and her wife Tasha Gandy of Oak Terrace Preserve in North Charleston, one Facebook post inspired them to act instead of whine. "Like many neighborhoods, ours has a Facebook page, and people post all kinds of things," says Hollinger. "One neighbor posted a comment requesting that people not use his trashcans for dog poop ... some people were saying 'oh it's fine to use mine' and giving their address, but it was just so hard to keep track of."

Fearing a potential shit storm (or maybe a pile-on), Gandy suggested a way to keep track of which trashcans were poo-appropriate so that dog walkers making their daily loop could easily identify feces-friendly vessels. The answer?

"We ordered 20 poop emoji stickers," says Hollinger. "We put them on the front porch, and people could drop a buck in and take one to put on their bins. It made people laugh, and not take themselves or the Facebook page too seriously. It was a good problem solving technique."

Less than a month after posting the poop solution on their neighborhood page, Hollinger says they've run out of stickers and now only the appropriately labeled trashcans are full of crap.

"Our neighborhood has been pretty good about the Facebook page, but it's easy to say things behind the screen, things can get misconstrued," says Hollinger. Now, thanks to Hollinger and Gandy's poop emoji stickers, there' no confusion.

"The amount of likes [on the post] just cracked me up," says Hollinger. "Most posts are one-offs ... everyone was happy to have a solution come out of it, it makes people more conscious."

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