Dave Matthews Band being sued for sewage dumping incident

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As we first reported two weeks ago, a bunch of tourists on a boat on the Chicago River got a mouthful of crap when a tour bus driving over a bridge decided that would be the best place to dump the bus's shit receptacle.



At the time, rumors held that the culprit was the Dave Matthew's Band. The band denied the charges, issued statements attesting to the whereabouts of the bus during the incident, and even opened up their sewage tanks to police so they could see (and smell) for themselves how full they were.



But it seems that wasn't enough. The Illinois Attorney General has decided to sue the band, accusing the band of "polluting the river by illegally dumping 'liquid waste' from the septic tank of the bus." They're seeking $60-70,000, depending on which newspaper you read.



Dave Matthew's Band has offered to send DNA samples to prove the shit wasn't theirs.



(Does shit have DNA?)



Here is the evidence: "Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline said detectives obtained videotape footage from businesses nearby that show the bus on the bridge at the time of the incident earlier this month. The same bus was also seen parked at the Peninsula Hotel, where the band was staying. Another source said the video footage from near the bridge also captured images of a license plate that could be linked to the band.



"Wohl was driving one of the band's buses from a parking area just west of the Chicago River to pick up a band member at the Peninsula Hotel when he made the illegal dump at 1:18 p.m., according to the complaint."




What's interesting is that this lawsuit was brought by the city for reasons of pollution, and has nothing to do with the fact that over a hundred people had to bathe in Dave Matthew's effluent. So don't forget about the human aspect of this story -- read a first-hand account.

38 Comments on "Dave Matthews Band being sued for sewage dumping incident"

Anonymous's picture
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are they sure it wasn't copies of Dave Matthews CD's coming out of the bus?

There isn't much difference between Dave Matthews music and fecal matter.

Anonymous's picture
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I always thought Dave Matthews was a shitty band. Now he's just advertising.

Anonymous's picture
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That's too much circumstancial evidence for them not to be found guilty. I wonder if one of Dave's drivers did it and was afraid to fess up. That would explain Dave's willingness to help.

I'm not too crazy for his music either, but damn is he fine. I mean fine. Those dimples are so hot. Ah.

Anonymous's picture
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wow daph. You think Dave Matthews is hot?
If he wasn't a rich millionaire rockstar and you saw him on the back of a garbage truck picking up trash, would you feel the same way?

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Yes, I would.
I would love him in the trash.
I would love him with no cash.
In the trash,
With no cash,
Dimples here,
Dimples there,
Gotta love him,
I'll give on the hair!

Anonymous's picture
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I'm glad to see that justice is about to be served.

David H.'s picture
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I never even heard of this band until this incident. Well I guess they have their 15 minutes of fame. As a tour bus driver myself, I think the driver did it without the others knowing. However that makes his employer and himself liable for the damages. What silly boys!

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(mtv.com Mar 9 2005)"If you get caught pouring human excrement and urine all over a bunch of tourists, sometimes it's just best to fess up. And that's what Dave Matthews Band tour bus driver Stefan Wohl did on Wednesday (March 9), when he pleaded guilty to charges of reckless conduct and discharging contaminates to cause water pollution"

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Rather than passing the blame to the driver, the band began an investigation and donated $100,000 towards restoring the river outside Chicago

Neither the bus driver or O.J. are guilty

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Dude, don't bring OJ into this - we're a poop site. We have our standards.


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But thank you for the update, sincerely. it's really nice to hear that Matthews donated so much money.
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Sounds like the beat up leaky motorhome I used to have.The tank was subject to partial emptying of my feculent turd material when it got good and ready.It would at times do that fouling badly the campsite I was at and gag my camping neighbors.I was barred from several campgrounds and threatened with being turned in and fined for gross pollution.More than once I had to close up shop and sneak off into the night to find another campground leaving the campground owners discovering the crap infested space that was totally unrentable the next morning.I often wondered how they cleaned that up enough for use by the next unwitting camper.I finally gave it away when the fetid holding tank fell off going down I-10 one hot summers night.I know someone had to have called the law on that one as it was full of crap and paper and I am certain it paper mached the highway in stench and texture.

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Sorry, Feto, but this isn't your best work. Seriously, dude. It's like you're not even trying any more.

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Hey Art, cut him some slack. It's obvious he was on vacation.

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I suspect he had his window open as he drove by a street cleaner, he does seem out of sorts.

"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

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What was the outcome of the lawsuit?

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In answer to the question Dave asked when posting the article,
yes and no. I don't think poop itself has DNA but the mucus that has been picked up by the poop as it heads for the exit does. The DNA in the poop, if any, would be from the meals eaten by the pooper.


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The answer to AC above the Chief's question:

CHICAGO _ There is a summer tour to prepare for and a new flavor of environmentally conscious ice cream to promote, but the Dave Matthews Band still needed to resolve that messy incident from the last time the rock group was in Chicago.

About a month before the band performs here again, it agreed Friday to pay $200,000 to settle a state lawsuit filed last summer after one of the group's tour bus drivers dumped a tank 800 pounds of human waste on a Chicago River sightseeing cruise.

The fine will go into a fund for environmental education projects.
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Sorry guys if the post left you wanting more.It was an honest attempt to tell my tale of woe.I have always had bad luck in all I do because I am foul and buy cheap defective used products.My mobile home which I moved out of into my condo was repoed.However when they came out to move it they found it so badly fouled and turd ridden that they left and told the bank it wasnt worth the cost of matches to burn it.I admit I lived in it until it was so trashed and stenchous that even I was forced to flee its confines.I left my son there and he soon fled from it as well.Thankfully it is way out in the country and desolate.The neighbors think its the landfill and I never got blamed.

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Not a big deal. After all, they are a rock band (sort of). The real bands back in the 60's or 70's would have just gotten out of the bus and shit right on the street.

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I don't believe you, Feto D Walcott.
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Tread carefully, sittingpretty. One shouldn't disparage Feto. After all, he was management, at one point, thus always right, until he got fired, after which, management is always wrong, and you're just jealous.
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Do you sleep on a fetid wall cot, Feto D Wallcot? Or, it is just your stage name on PoopReport.
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Feto is one person, maybe the only one I've ever come across, who is truly free. Accepting entirely of who and what he is, not caring in the least what others think, dancing in complete rhythm to his own stilted, syncopated drummer. Feto is damn near mythological in his disgusting grotesque way of life, but he accepts it for what it is, and soldiers on.
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The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

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Thank you Bilge, I am a real person.I exist therefore I am and those that have crossed paths with me know it with a number of their senses assaulted.I realize I have led a rather dull yet odorous life but it is my life.I chose to be this way because I dont care.That makes people jealous and management wrong.

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Feto, I could use someone like you in my business. I have several delinquent customers. Would you be interested (for a fee) in going to their offices and asking for payment. You need to just tell them you will wait there patiently until they come up with a check.

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To DAVID H.: You're an ignorant person considering that you had never even heard of the Dave Matthews Band before this incident. DMB has gone platinum 29 times overall between studio and live albums. They've recieved 3 American Music Award nominations, 13 Grammy nominations, and 2 Grammy's. Also other various nominations and awards by MTV and VH1. I'm sure they aren't seeking 15 minutes of fame with this accident. Have fun driving bus and emptying your own shit tanks!

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FetoD walcott is a myth alright.br>_______
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Dear AC....I also am an ignorant person since I never heard of the Dave Matthews Band either. My reason for ignorance is simple, I don't care at all for what is termed 'popular music'. I am confident I could run circles around you with my knowledge of classical, baroque and music of the renaissance.

Two-hundred years from now the music of The Dave Mathews Band will be long forgotten but the music of Ludwig Von Beethoven will still be listened to. As long as civilization endures great music will be remembered and appreciated.


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Chief, don't worry about not knowing The Dave Matthews Band. You're not missing anything.

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I don't know if I could stand to listen to music even the composer couldn't listen to.

(bad joke in poor taste, but it made me smile when I thunk it up)


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Anonymous Coward's picture
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people on rivers must be into watersports, right? so where's the victims here?

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AC....I have read and reread your comment and still don't understand what you are trying to say. Come back and clarify...please!!


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I am here to send not so good news.....Your esteemed colleague,Feto D walcott is not doing very well.Yes he is a real person and a lot of what has been posted is true.Ol' Feto's heart isn't helping him much these days and it looks like he is retiring to sit and do nothing.he's had a heartattack in the last year and a half and was in last week for heart trouble as well.

I'm posting this as some of you are doubters.But Feto is a real person.

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Send my best regards to Feto...I for one, genuinely love the guy, and wish him well.

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FETO REPORT..... Feto had a mild heart attack and was given the stint of life.He has decided to officially retire from his job and collect his retirement earnings.He is still as foul as ever,but is doing fairly well.When he gets back to speed,I'm sure he will be back here as pungent as ever. And Fet says thanks for the concern....

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Glad to here feto is recovering from his MI. I guess we won't here how wrong the management is anymore. Bilge will be delighted.
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Feto report....

Feto's official retirement date is..ironically October 31st.he will collect his retirement cheques from his various jobs over the years and enjoy the fetidness of his life.And management...Feto will always think that they are wrong.