Extortion never looked this flamboyant.
A toilet, spray-painted pink and decorated with flowers, has recently been making the rounds in front yards across Nevada County.
Homeowners who find the porcelain throne stuck in their yard can choose to pay $10 to have the toilet removed to a friend’s lawn, and an additional $5 to make sure it never appears on their property again.
The gimmick is the design of Bear River sophomore Emily Dyer, a 15-year-old south county resident.
She is participating in a hunger fundraiser sponsored by the youth group at her church, Sierra Presbyterian. She got the toilet from Habitat for Humanity and spray-painted it bright pink.
Dyer’s father transports the toilet from location to location, and so far she’s estimated the plan has raised more than $1,200 since they began in May.
Proceeds from the toilet removal service (victims can opt out if they don’t want to play along) go to an organization called World Vision, which feeds starving children in Africa.
“Hopefully, we’ll keep it going until the end of summer,” said Dyer.
Students in the youth group have been working on a hunger initiative recently, which included a 30-hour fast in order to better understand the effects of hunger, she said.
You can contact the church to find out how to help at (530) 265-3291.