The New York City Parks department is investigating allegations that a worker was made to clean dog feces off of a park visitor’s shoes.
The woman, Tasheema Chatman, told the NBC 4 New York I-Team in an emotional interview that she felt humiliated and degraded by the Oct. 2 incident at Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side.
Chatman said she was working her regular job that day, which consists of picking up garbage, branches, leaves, and cleaning up after dog owners who neglect to curb their pets.
There was an art fair taking place on the sidewalk at East End Avenue and all park workers were told about the importance of keeping the streets tidy.
“My supervisor called me over to 86th and East End,” recalled Chatman. “He said there was poop at that corner.”
But when she arrived, she didn’t see anything on the ground, just her two male supervisors and a man who was a visiting artist, showing at the art fair.
“I didn’t see anything on the ground and the artist suddenly says ‘There’s poop on my shoe, can you help me?’”
Stunned, Chatman looked over to her supervisors for guidance, but they didn’t say anything and she said they just stared at her.
“So I scrubbed his shoe, my supervisor didn’t say anything,” she said. “His supervisor just stood there. I had to walk away.”
Chatman said she was humiliated and degraded on the sidewalk, scrubbing away at the man’s shoe while her two supervisors stood and watched. She said one of them even laughed.