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"Logging" is the new pool-pooping trend no one asked for

Other people's pee is just a reality of public pools. That's what the chlorine is for. But "dropping the kids off at the pool" in an actual pool is just next-level gross, and a foe even the strongest chlorine isn't suited for.

Well now, pooping in the pool has turned into a trend called "logging". And it's bad enough that one hotel has started charging tourists for their crap.

The affected pools at Egyptian Red Sea Village, a First Choice resort in Sarigerme, Turkey, have allegedly been shut down nine times because of health and safety concerns. Resort employees have apparently taken to shouting "code brown" to notify swimmers of floating fudge, while letters have been distributed to guests warning of expulsion and a hefty fine of $2,337 for pooping in the pool.

"There have been numerous instances of excrement being found in the pools lately", the letter reads. "We understand that accidents happen, but the frequency of these suggests that it no longer remains accidental. As a consequence all guests are being massively inconvenienced for several hours during pool closure whilst the hotel adds additional chemicals to the pool and backwash". 

The excrement epidemic isn't just confined to Turkey, either. Resorts in Spain and Greece have seen "logging" incidents as well.

"These incidents are obviously beyond our control", a spokesperson for First Choice told The Mirror. "Once we have been notified of an incident, hotel staff members ensure that all customers leave the pool immediately and then put the pool water through an extensive filtration system". 

Egyptian Red Sea Village said it is "monitoring the situation" and asks guests to come forward if they see anyone "suspicious".

Like that guy eating tons of granola at the continental breakfast. Don't trust that guy.


Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.