On Monday night, Sydney businesswoman and founder of Sweaty Betty PR Roxy Jacenko shared three clips of CCTV footage to her Instagram account.
Within 18 minutes, the post had received over 6,000 comments.
In the videos, which have since been deleted, a young blonde woman can be seen running down a Paddington street, before squatting between two parked cars and defecating on the road. The unknown woman appeared to be carrying toilet paper, and cleaned herself before continuing to run.
“What an absolute disgrace you are,” Jacenko wrote alongside the footage. “Doing this in our residential street where we have a primary school and multiple residences.
“What has the world come to.”
In the days since, the story of the ‘poo jogger’ or ‘Paddington Pooper’ has gone international. It’s been covered locally by News Corp, New Idea, the Huffington Post, The Project, A Current Affair and 2GB – just to name a few – and more broadly, by Daily Mail UK, The Sun, The New Zealand Herald and LADbible.
Appearing on The Project, Sweaty Betty employee Mason Brown asked: “In what world would anyone – anyone in their right mind anyway – feel it necessary to take a sh*t on the street of a morning?”
On A Current Affair, Tracey Grimshaw said the unidentified woman “should’ve thought” about the fact that she’d be caught on CCTV, while the words ‘HOW COULD SHE?’ appeared in bold across the screen. In that report, Sweaty Betty staffers said they thought it was a dog at first, and asked: “who does that?”
“She’s not the smartest runner is she,” remarked one staffer.
Grimshaw concluded the segment by sharing that the alleged offender had deleted “all her social media accounts, to avoid her active wear being recognised”.
The common sentiment in response to the ‘poo jogger’ story has been that it’s ‘disgusting’ behaviour. “This person needs to be caught and named and shamed then referred to a psychiatrist,” wrote one Facebook user.
“There’s no excuse,” repeated several tweets, while others simply wrote, “gross,” or “absolute disgrace”.