POLICE have called for a woman who relieved herself in the drive-thru of Warrnambool’s central McDonald’s restaurant on Saturday night to hand herself in after a Facebook photo furore.
An image of the woman — showing her “mid-act” and crouching beside a taxi — was uploaded to Facebook and went viral, being viewed thousands of times.
A copy of the image was obtained by Warrnambool police, who are making investigations as to the woman’s identity.
The Standard has also obtained copies of the image, but decided not to publish them.
Sergeant Andrew McOrist yesterday encouraged the woman to contact police.
“It’s really disgusting behaviour,” he said.
“There are two taxis in the image. I’ve talked to the driver of the second taxi and we are in the process of getting in touch with the taxi driver who was transporting the woman.
“There are lines of inquiry being followed up. I would request the woman come forward rather than us have to hunt her down. We have an address where she was dropped off.”
Warrnambool city councillor Peter Hulin said he heard about the image from someone interstate, who was mortified.
“Our city has slipped. It looks extremely tired and this is a sad reflection of the lack of respect people have for the CBD,” Cr Hulin said.
“Warrnambool the city needs a revamp and this sort of behaviour needs to be curbed. I feel very sorry for the woman involved.”
Facebook users shared the photo repeatedly over the past few days, with many people calling for the woman to be “named and shamed”.
However, others questioned whether the photo and issue of indecent behaviour would have attracted so much attention if it involved a man and not a woman.
Facebook users also questioned the legality and ethics of posting such a photo on social media.