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City Uses DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the take-a-bite-out-of-crime dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 252

An Israeli city is using DNA analysis of dog droppings to reward pet owners who clean up after their pets and punish those who don't. A six-month trial program launched this week, in the city of Petah Tikva, to tackle the dog mess problem in a high tech way. The program asks dog owners to take their pets to a veterinarian, who then swabs its mouth and collects DNA. The city will use the DNA database it is building to match droppings to a dog and identify its owner. Owners who scoop up their dogs' droppings and place them in specially marked bins will be eligible for rewards of pet food coupons and dog toys. Those who leave the poo on the street face fines. I wonder what sin you had to commit in a previous life to find yourself the official dog poop examiner of Petah Tikva, Israel.

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The limits of forensics (1)

MattGWU (86623) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050141)

We can identify poop with DNA but we still can't dust for vomit.

Readers use "Idle" to sniff out stupid stories (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050147)

Both are shitty.

Let me be the first to say... (5, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050155)

What a shitty idea.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (4, Funny)

inKubus (199753) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050191)

Like, who gives a crap?

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

alxkit (941262) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050421)

the feces patrol, apparently

Re:Let me be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051245)

holy(land) fucking shit!

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

i_liek_turtles (1110703) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050569)

People who are really anal.

don't be so negative (2, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050685)

This technology is the shit!

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Rick Bentley (988595) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051011)

> Like, who gives a crap?

shitheads.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

The Master Control P (655590) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051209)

I know. This idea is a real turd.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Kooty-Sentinel (1291050) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051215)

What the SHIT was that (In a McLovin-isque voice)

Coming up next... (2, Funny)

icj (852635) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050535)

Law & Order: SPU (special poop unit)

Re:Let me be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051261)

As a pet owner I think it stinks!!

Re:Let me be the first to say... (4, Funny)

moriya (195881) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051263)

Actually it's a good idea...

for me to poop on!!!

Clinton let 9/11 happen (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050187)

And bush has been fixing the mess ever since. That's why I think that we should go forward with John McCain.

I recommend John McCain '08.

Thank you!

Hey, I have an idea! (4, Interesting)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050189)

How about I don't take my dog to the vet for the swabbing?

I'm no criminal mastermind, but it just might work!

Re:Hey, I have an idea! (1)

corychristison (951993) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050215)

I think, maybe, the point was more so the rewards program... but then maybe just skim through what happens if you don't clean up after your pet.
Maybe.

Re:Hey, I have an idea! (0)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050315)

Why not just not get a dog? They're not like babies, if they "just happen" you can "just leave them" at the public puppy pit, where a stranger may or may not perform extreme late-term abortion if they're not cute enough.

No vet, no license for your dog (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050331)

In Israel, you need to have a license for your dog from the city/municipality where you live; you get it when you take your dog to the vet for its annual rabies vaccination. All licensed dogs must be "chipped" also.

I suppose getting caught walking an unlicensed dog will also get you a hefty fine, and your dog will be confiscated. I wouldn't think that most municipalities in Israel have a lot of budget for paying people to check on dog licensing and enforcing the "clean after your dog" laws. Maybe this is one way to try to generate a new income stream for the municipality (people already pay for licensing their dogs)?

Re:No vet, no license for your dog (2, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051587)

income stream

Best euphemism for bodily waste ever!

Re:Hey, I have an idea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050877)

Man, you are not Jewish like me so you don't understand. If someone promises to give things to me for free, I would take my MOM to the swabbing. And I am an Ashkenazi...

A shitty Job, but something's gotta do it... (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050209)

I can just see it now:

THIS technology is DA SHIT!

Much A Shit About Nuthin'

"It's a SHITTY job but someONE's gotta do IT"

Now that this has come up, I imagine we'll start to see at Moscone, the "First International GeoScatological Society Meeting"

These conferences will have a LOT of SHIT to talk about...

Re:A shitty Job, but something's gotta do it... (1)

Mr. Bad Example (31092) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051189)

> Much A Shit About Nuthin'

Judges?

*BZZT*

I'm sorry...the answer we were looking for is "Much A-Poo About Nothing". Thanks for playing, though, and you'll receive a copy of the home game.

Re:A shitty Job, but something's gotta do it... OH (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051321)

You are sooooo A-pro-poooo.... I'll deliver a kit of Kennel-Ration and Gravy Train and the whole Kit and KaPoodle to yah.. woof woof...

Let me guess... (2, Insightful)

Korey Kaczor (1345661) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050291)

Just how many coupons do you think they honestly will give out? They'd probably just only check the DNA samples found on the ground because that generates revenue; they're honestly not going to use a costly procedure just to reward citizens. Actually, how much does DNA analysis of dog droppings cost? I'm skeptical that this will be done very often, as I believe DNA testing isn't really that cheap.

Re:Let me guess... (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050365)

Coupons are a form of corporate advertising. Get the company who wants the coupons handed out to foot the bill for the DNA test. If there's any resistance, create a mandatory package deal where if one wants to advertise on city owned property (busses, etc) a sponsor must also do the dog poop analysis promotion.

Re:Let me guess... (4, Insightful)

Qubit (100461) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050377)

When I was working on a grizzly bear census about a decade ago (it wasn't as dangerous as it sounds...), we collected tufts of hair from rub trees and scat.

I think that doing the DNA workup on a hair sample was a bit more than the scat, but that both of them were at least $5, maybe $10 each. The census didn't have enough money to do it all up front, so they were stashing samples in freezers while they tried to get more grant money.

Prices may have gone done since then, but I'd guess that doing a sample on each dog crap is going to take a lot of time and money. And besides, don't they imagine that people are going to put the dog crap from their yard into the boxes as well? I mean, if you get a toy or something each time, aren't people going to load the boxes up?

Re:Let me guess... (5, Funny)

jcwayne (995747) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050787)

...they were stashing samples in freezers...

You mean that wasn't double chunk chocolate ice cream?

bad karma? (1)

no-body (127863) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050301)

. I wonder what sin you had to commit in a previous life

Actually I think whosoever is doing this accumulates 10 x the good karma normal people accumulate in one life-time.

One gets used to it - think about a coroner job....

Re:bad karma? (2, Funny)

largesnike (762544) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050581)

Possible sins committed in previous life

1. invented those little sticky lables that go on fruit
2. invented advertising
3. invented reality tv
4. being George Lucas (I mean he's gotta pay for Jar-Jar Binks)
5. being any RIAA lawyer
6. and finally (for special irony) being a fundamentalist ideologue of any stripe

Let me guess... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050309)

So only outlaws will refuse to have their dogs' DNA recorded in their database?

Privacy Concerns anyone? (2, Insightful)

stretch0611 (603238) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050337)

As far as I am concerned, this is an invasion of privacy.

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050595)

As far as I am concerned, this is an invasion of privacy.

This is crazy and funny how nobody seems to really care enough to fight it. Further more anyone who is offended by this should look to there own country in which they are basically doing this to humans. Although they arent going through our shit YET! They are amassing huge databases against us and tracking us and listening to us ect. All that is an envasion of privacy. Just check out this http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/25/2537.asp This has long been a goal for the DHS but now they dont even have to ask for it. We knew it was coming just not when. I suggest you look to see what you can do politically. Nobody really likes to do it and if you do then your already doing it and probly on the inside making up BS laws against our privacy now. But run for office or support someone who is running for Constitutional form of government. We have a right to privay not from our governments but from GOD/Creator whomever he/she is to you. Check out real ID act of 2005 see how to fight it. Google it NAIS same thing except it is there to chip(RFID implanted) ALL animals on the farm/home. They are really really close to if not already a Police state here in america.

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050619)

Woof! Woof!

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (2, Funny)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050637)

Agreed, we need less government interference in my dog's rectum.

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (4, Funny)

Vombatus (777631) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050689)

As far as I am concerned, this is an invasion of privacy.

Yeah, keep your nose out of my business!!!

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (1)

Kangburra (911213) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050881)

You Sir, owe me a keyboard! ;-)

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050699)

And I'm all for it, if it means I don't have to step in a big fucking pile of dogshit as often, and realize it too late--after I've already stepped into my car and driven off, tracking that shit in my vehicle. Then have to pull over and clean that shit off because it fucking reeks so bad. Or track it into the house.

Unfortunately, the US isn't doing it yet. If it was up to me, I'd have all the damn things killed. I can't stand dogs. Wretched animals.

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (2, Insightful)

supernova_hq (1014429) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050805)

If you're so worried about your privacy, then don't go to the vet's and get the swab done. Better yet, DON'T LEAVE YOUR DOG'S SHIT LAYING AROUND!

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (2, Insightful)

demiurge11 (898886) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050821)

As far as I am concerned, this is an invasion of privacy.

Do *you* like stepping on dog crap? I certainly don't. I think using doggy DNA testing to catch bad neighbors that let their dogs poop all over the place is a public service. Furthermore, dogs don't have a right to privacy. In general, municipalities already match owner to dog via licenses, so there is no additional loss of privacy here.

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (1)

Kooty-Sentinel (1291050) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051267)

You know (I don't agree one bit), but the same reasoning could be used by the BSA

Do *you* like getting your software stolen and distributed for free? I certainly don't. I think using ISP logs to catch bad internet users that download copyrighted, cracked software is a public service.

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (2, Funny)

Born2bwire (977760) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050873)

An abandoned, steaming and odoriferous object in plain view (and smell) on a public street has claims of privacy? Please tell me more.

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (4, Insightful)

Seraphim1982 (813899) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050937)

It would seem to me someone who was worried about their privacy being violated by dog shit wouldn't have left said dog shit laying around in public.

Re:Privacy Concerns anyone? (4, Insightful)

Urkki (668283) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050993)

No it's not. If you leave your dog's poop on a public place, it's free game for any DNA analysis or whatever.

You might argue that owning a dog is a matter of privacy and should not require a permit or anything (with which I disagree with, and will elaborate if you want). But if you come to me claiming that a pile of shit left on a public place is your private property, I'll ask if you're insane... :-)

May be a useful technique....... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050379)

during election season if it can trace bullshit back to it's source.

Heh (1)

Renraku (518261) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050385)

How about spending money on something with a better cost-benefit ratio? Like free designer flu-masks for the sick? Turning all water fountains into GOOD filtered water rather than shitty chlorine water?

American taxpayer funded? (0, Troll)

Antony-Kyre (807195) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050399)

An Israeli city is doing this. But don't Americans tend to give billions to Israeli each year? So, does this mean American taxpayers are in a sense funding this?

Re:American taxpayer funded? (1)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050435)

We give billions to everybody, so, no.

Re:American taxpayer funded? (2, Insightful)

mikeage (119105) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050603)

Not really. The vast majority of American aid to Israel is military, and even that is generally "credits" that can only be spent at American companies, not actual cash for Israeli R&D.

OTOH, if they start using the standard military issue M16A1 (from the Nixon era) to shoot the offending dogs (or owners...), then US taxpayers may be paying...

Re:American taxpayer funded? (1)

Xenna (37238) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050751)

I'll bet it's funded by the people who leave their dog's shit in the road.
They pay a fine and the cost of the DNA test.

Great plan, I wish they did it in my town. It's full of shit :(

X.

Re:American taxpayer funded? (1)

renegadesx (977007) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050765)

Most likley not, that money would mostly go towards infastructure, military to defend its borders etc. The Israli taxpayers are most likley paying for this

However I must say I dont think parent should be modded "troll" its a fair enough question with the answer being "unlikley" rather than "of course not"

Re:American taxpayer funded? (1)

Antony-Kyre (807195) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051015)

Correct. My intention wasn't to troll. I remember learning that America gives billions to Israel for military purposes each year. But money is money, and who isn't to say that if they didn't get this money, they wouldn't be having to pool money from elsewhere to cover their military operations?

Poor analogy: A hypothetical household gets $30k/year. Family has a burglar alarm costing $1k/year. What if a portion of that $30k/year is "free" money given to the family from another family? What if that money is cut off? Would they drop their burglar alarm service, or would they drop other "non-essential" things first in order to maintain their burglar alarm service?

Or am I wrong to think like this?

Cigarette butts (5, Insightful)

spyder-implee (864295) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050439)

They should do this with people who smoke and drop their cigarette butts on the ground.

Re:Cigarette butts (5, Funny)

naer_dinsul (784040) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050511)

They should do this with people who smoke and drop their cigarette butts on the ground.

What? Send them to the vet to get a DNA swab so they'll be eligible for coupons on dog food and doggie toys?

Re:Cigarette butts (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050903)

No just use the existing criminal DNA database.

Re:Cigarette butts (2, Insightful)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051003)

Send them to the vet to get a DNA swab so they'll be eligible for coupons on dog food and doggie toys?

no but a promise of free cigarettes might do the trick...

Re:Cigarette butts (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051367)

Almost, first part was right. Send them to the vets. Snip snip.

Re:Cigarette butts (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051463)

They should do this with people who smoke and drop their cigarette butts on the ground.

...and little fucking fascists who post dumb comments on slashdot.

I think they can use DNA to narrow the offender's (1)

SupremoMan (912191) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050493)

breed. I think that would go a long way towards catching whoever does it. I live in an urban area and I have no sympathy for anyone who leaves their dog shit everywhere. I think they should be fined and jailed for first offense.

Tag Idle: nothumor (1)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050497)

Because, seriously. It's not.

RTFP (read the f****** posts) (1)

Mathinker (909784) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051341)

Yeah, it's not, but most of the posts were! RTFP (always wanted to have an opportunity to use that acronym)...
Oh, wait, is that you? You better start cleaning up all those turds on Ben-Gurion St.!

How to abuse this system (3, Funny)

TheModelEskimo (968202) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050509)

Save up like a MONTH of your dog's poo. Then go around spooning it into these containers. Get fido's mouth swabbed, and watch as all the alarms at the veterinarian's office go off. Oy vey! We have a winner!

Re:How to de-fuse this system (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051573)

Steal poo from the poo bins. Then go around spooning poo into inappropriate places. A bunch of obedient citizens get fined unfairly and go apeshit. Stand back and watch as the whole system falls apart.

Let's see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050563)

1. city employee follows dog owner around
2. dog poops and owner throws poop away
3. city employee retrieves poop from specially marked bin and empties poop onto streets
4. fine dog owner for failing to pick up after dog
5. profit!

Re:Let's see (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050611)

Or worse, someone takes your dog's poop out and leaves it on the sidewalk to be found because they don't like you?

Apparently the thousands and thousands of cameras in England are no substitute for DNA testing... wonder what the ROI and cost comparisons are?

Re:Let's see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051347)

Or worse, someone takes your dog's poop out and leaves it on the sidewalk to be found because they don't like you?

Apparently the thousands and thousands of cameras in England are no substitute for DNA testing... wonder what the ROI and cost comparisons are?

How many would do that? really?

Unless they have some kind of fascination about droppings, I doubt anyone would de such a groose thing.

I wish that dog owners would be held responsible all over the world. The world is covered in dog droppings today. It must stop.

Re:Let's see (1)

Kooty-Sentinel (1291050) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051301)

Even better: 1. Get dog swabbed at vet.
2. Get dog to shit a sizable amount and collect it.
3. Go around the city putting shit on the ground, smearing it, then cleaning it up. Repeat.
4. Wait for city officials to give you rewards for 'picking up' dog shit.
5. Profit!

On a serious note, I wonder if there are any measures taken against people like this.

Another city to add to Triumph's blacklist (1)

MoFoQ (584566) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050615)

Looks like it's another city to add to Triumph's blacklist.

Now I can just imagine irate neighbors taking poop and planting them to get their neighbors in trouble.

Also...wonder how this will affect that dog-poop in the mail business.

Wait...the DNA sampling is "voluntary" right? It's not required to register your dog's DNA?

btw, the mainstream news had a segment on it.

Re:Another city to add to Triumph's blacklist (1)

mpe (36238) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051059)

Looks like it's another city to add to Triumph's blacklist.

You mean that being in a country which has been a "war zone" more or less since it came into existance dosn't already qualify?

Now I can just imagine irate neighbors taking poop and planting them to get their neighbors in trouble.

All you'd need would be a sample of the dog's DNA.
There's also the possibility of people trying to seed the "poop bins" in order to get more freebies.

Re:Another city to add to Triumph's blacklist (1)

MoFoQ (584566) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051345)

or use exlax

no....triumph will poop on anything...if he can get away with it.

Petah-Tikva has larger problems to solve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050623)

Living not far from, and working in Petah-Tikva - I have to say that the City Hall should have focused on better ways of earning a buck - like fining businesses for pollution (plenty of major pollutants in Petah-Tikva), fining diners whose trash fills their the air of some street-corners with horrible disgusting smells (making for "pleasant" summer-day walks from parkling lot to work).

Plus how can you prove your dog's innocence - did he do his thing in a middle of a god-forgotten sand-lot (which Petah-Tikva has plenty of), or in the middle of the Mall parking lot ?

Meet Spirocerca Lupi, "tolaat haparkim" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051425)

Everyone should clean up after their dog, even in the "middle of a god-forgotten sand-lot". [proteaanimalclinic.co.za]

S. Lupi is common in the "Gush Dan" region of Israel, which includes Petah Tikva. If people cleaned up after their dogs, it would be much less common.

Someone needs to seriously mess with them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050647)

Eat a bunch of PF Changs and sneak out there at midnight and take a huge steamin' dump in the park. Let them figure that one out!

You've GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, part 85984374 (4, Insightful)

Duncan Blackthorne (1095849) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050663)

Having solved all other problems within their country, Israel turns it's attention and taxpayer dollars towards the onerous problem of DOG SHIT.

As I said, you've got to be kidding me. Isn't DNA analysis still kind of expensive?

Re:You've GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, part 85984374 (4, Informative)

MagusSlurpy (592575) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050855)

No, it's actually quite cheap, and easy (I teach an undergrad general bio lab where they do DNA comparisons, and believe me, if it cost anything, the school wouldn't pay for undergrads to do it). The DNA Who's-My-Daddy labs just charge a lot, because they can (or because they get government contracts). Just like cell phone providers and text messaging fees.

Re:You've GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, part 85984374 (1)

Duncan Blackthorne (1095849) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051157)

OK, for the moment I'll say I believe you on the cost issue, because for the moment I can't refute what you're saying. Still, this seems like way, way overkill for a simple problem. Seriously, couldn't they come up with a more down-to-earth solution? Or are there really so many pet dogs livng in ths suburb of Tel Aviv, making it such a huge public health issue that they have to go to this sort of extreme? I have a hard time believing that.

Re:You've GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, part 85984374 (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051053)

That's right, countries should only focus the single most important problem for them. It's stupid to spend money on Alzheimer's until we solve heart disease and cancer.

 

Meanwhile, something like this is likely to be either a gain or neutral in terms of net revenue for the government, which means there won't be any less resources devoted to other problems.

 

I love dogs, but over the past 8 years of living in major cities, I now see most urban dog owners as mostly being people who inconvenience everyone else - often including the dogs - in order to entertain and feel better about themselves. Most urban dog owners have very little empathy for their pets and so long as the dog doesn't show obvious signs of stress, the owner thinks of them as being happy - regardless of whether the dogs bark and whine for hours on end and are locked up in a few-hundred square feet apartment for most of the day. Then the owner uses having a dog as an excuse to the same undeserved entitlements many parents' take, sometimes more: it's pretty rare to see parents handle their diapers as inconsiderately towards others as dog owners often handle their baggies of dog shit.

Re:You've GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, part 85984374 (3, Informative)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051201)

Actually we could use something like that in SoCal's parks. There isn't a single day when I don't see new dog turds on my usual running route. This is despite huge signs tha tell you to pick up after your dog, free plastic bag dispensers and large trash cans everywhere.
Many dog owners are assholes, that's the only way I can see it. Tax the hell out of them and pay somebody to clean up the dog shit.

Re:You've GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, part 85984374 (1)

DavidD_CA (750156) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051373)

There's a lot of damage done to the underlying grass from poo.

With enough creative accounting, it's possible this actually saves them money.

Re:You've GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, part 85984374 (1)

pbf (98406) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051535)

Who cares if the DNA analysis is expensive. This cost should be more than covered by the fine issued to the offender, so really for the tax-payer that has no dog or who takes care of his dog's crap, it makes no difference. The fine for the dog owner's who litter the public space should be high enough to encourage them to not do so and to cover for all expenses related to the service.

I don't really get why there is a need for the reward. Fine the bad players and let the good players alone.

Matters of Karma (1)

BhaKi (1316335) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050667)

You wonder what sin you had to commit in a previous life to find yourself the official dog poop examiner of Petah Tikva, Israel. And I wonder what sin the official dog poop examiner had to commit in his previous life.

pfffff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050671)

fascists

Previous life discovered... (2, Funny)

Tofof (199751) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050675)

I wonder what sin you had to commit in a previous life to find yourself the official dog poop examiner of Petah Tikva, Israel.

Why, isn't it obvious? You'd have to be the sort of person who keeps posting these idle articles to the front page.

mo3 0p (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050769)

Hmm... (1)

Kethryvis (96137) | more than 6 years ago | (#25050785)

That ending line would have been funny if Judaism believed in reincarnation...

Re:Hmm... (1)

Apple Acolyte (517892) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051421)

Actually, while you're correct to the extent that it's not a generally known facet of Judaism, reincarnation is a prominent concept in Rabbi Isaac Luria's Kabbalah:

See here Gates of Reincarnation [mysefer.com] and here [askmoses.com]

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050865)

What a waste of resources....

Frost Lpi5t (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25050917)

dyinG. Everyone to d1e. I will jam

JEWS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051061)

I thought jews were tight fisted with money, and didn't waste it on shit like this?

Fact to take away: DNA testing is cheap (2, Interesting)

LonghornXtreme (954562) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051071)

DNA testing has become so cheap that:

1) vet's can keep DNA records of pets; and

2) cities find it economical to enforce poop-scoop laws by DNA testing dog shit.

Sheesh.

How can this be possible? (1)

ovanklot (715633) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051105)

Petah Tikva doesn't really exist [alwayssababa.com] .

200 ways to incriminate thy neighbor's canine (1)

barocco (1168573) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051117)

Second installment to the popular Holy Land Times bestseller! ...
#201.
Step 1 - Pretend you love your neighbour (but still don't get caught)
Step 2 - Play with his/her dog.
Step 3 - Get the dog's saliva on your sterile, latex glove wearing hands
Step 4 - Go home and extract DNA
Step 5 - Clone your neighbour's dog
Step 6 - Collect the cloned dog's wastes
Step 7 - Drop them in as many of those bins as you can
Step 8 - Profit! ...wait

BTW, why is this not posted under the "Yo-Dawg Rights Online" category?

Great tag for this story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051137)

idleispoop

/me runs back to the real /.

Cost??? (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051155)

This is absurd! What the hell does this kind of DNA testing cost anyway? If it's in the article I'll never know because I'm NOT reading an article about DNA sampling of shit for the purpose of issuing fines. Moronic idea. This government must have a lot of money to blow (or be willing to force it's citizens to pay up big for stupidity)

Is this for real??? (1)

theblackystrat (1321279) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051271)

Gifts for cleaning up Dog poop??? I guess the authorities need to train the dogs on where to drop and where not instead of their owners. After all the it's dog poop and not dog-owners' poop

Movie (1)

starbuzz (590877) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051349)

Hmm, there was a nice movie set in Petah Tikva: Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (The Band's Visit) [imdb.com] .

Granted, not many dogs in it, so if that's for real, the scheme is not as lucrative as collecting parking tickets.

How to become a poop examiner (1)

Inovaovao (1294030) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051359)

"I wonder what sin you had to commit in a previous life to find yourself the official dog poop examiner of Petah Tikva, Israel. "

Probably you must have left too much dog poop around...

A job for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051479)

I am betting 100$ palestinians are taking care of the testing.

Make Profit! (1)

kolbe (320366) | more than 6 years ago | (#25051481)

Make Profit easily!

Step 1:
Collect all of your dogs dropping from the backyard

Step 2:
Distribute across city poop collection bins...

Step 3:
Earn rewards! Score!

April Fools Joke mistimed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25051579)

Are we sure that this story is true? Because this exact story was an April Fools joke in my hometown about 10 years ago.

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