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Mac’s Upholstery employee soaks ‘meth heads’ possessions to discourage squatting

Owner denies condoning the deed

An employee of a Ballard business reportedly soaked someone’s belongings in an attempt to discourage them from squatting on the property.

According to a Seattle Weekly report released yesterday, an employee of Mac’s Upholstery (5015 15th Ave. N.W.) propped a garden hose over the fence so it could spray a collection of objects below. The pile was covered by plastic.

Despite their headline, Seattle Weekly could not confirm if the structure was actually a homeless person’s camp:

“To be clear: while it's hard to imagine an alternative explanation, we haven't actually identified the owners of the flooded items or confirmed that they're homeless.”

However, they did speak with the employee who rigged the hose, and he said he was trying to “help the meth heads find another place to live.”

The Ballard News-Tribune stopped by Mac’s this morning. In the customer parking lot there was a sprinkler spraying freely on the hood of a car. Inside the shop an employee denied knowing anything about the incident or hearing about the Seattle Weekly’s report.

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