But don't worry, only some of it was human:
A Minneapolis city worker is worried about blood in the sewer system because he said, while he was cleaning the system, blood sprayed out of a hole and got all over him.

"We could tell it was blood, I mean large amount of blood," said Minneapolis Sewer Maintenance Worker Ron Huebner.

It happened about two weeks ago in Northeast Minneapolis near a lab that does medical testing and dumps blood into the sewer. It is allowed but the city is now making changes to help protect workers in the future.

"Blood just all over my face, in my mouth, I could taste it. It was terrible. I had it in my mouth and I kept spitting and I couldn't get rid of it," said Huebner.

Huebner said he hasn't been sleeping much. He's worried about the blood that he swallowed when he was operating a jet machine to clean out the sewer.

The Met Council said it was a mix of human and animal blood used in medical testing at this nearby lab.

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20 Responses:

  1. keimel says:

    Yeah, real suck when you can barely taste the shit in the sewer through all that blood. I mean, gross.

  2. positricity says:

    Geez. Fecal bacteria are bad enough.

  3. The guy is cleaning the sewers...and he complains about waste in the sewers...seems kind of like a mechanic bitching about getting covered in grease and oil.

    • nexus9 says:

      hmm, i dont think forcibly swallowing a human-animal blood milkshake is a normal part of the sewer cleaner's routine... nor a mechanic's.

      • Hmmm....I don't recall anything in the article about the worker being tied down, a gun held to his head, and someone forcing a tube down his throat.

        Here's a thought - close your mouth, and turn away!

        • nexus9 says:

          you dont recall it because it wasnt there. but nothing about the word "force" entails human aggression. liquids are quite capable of forcing their way into your various orifices via pressure (ie, a geyser of blood squirting into your face). by the time your close your mouth & turn away, its already happened.

          but yeah, sure, youre right -- im sure he just dawdled there, lapping leisurely from the the free blood fountain. who wouldnt?

    • ladykalessia says:

      Last I checked there was no part of a car that could give you hepatitis. Or bovine spongiform encephalitis.

      • jwz says:

        It's not like what's normally in sewers is any less toxic than blood, though.

        • ladykalessia says:

          I think it's the biohazard part that squicks me the most. Toxic, fine, whatever. I have two functioning kidneys and a liver. But neither of those is proof against viruses.

        • wikkit42 says:

          It is. I've waded hip deep through the sewers in neighboring St. Paul, MN, but adding in blood would add an entire new host of diseases to be worried about, in addition to the generic Rinker's Revenge.

      • Oh, that's right, I totally forgot that a sewer is normally a clean, germ free place! So sorry, my bad.

        Altho, I'm still a little bit confused as to why we need sewage treatment plants, since the sewers are normally so toxin free. Seems like a big waste of money and energy to me.

  4. chronovore says:

    If this were a Marvel comic, he'd have super powers now.

    Blood- and shit-based superpowers.

  5. alex_victory says:

    The only reason he's complaining so much is that he liked the taste and now he can't stop thinking about it. He's got a hunger fer vittles he can't raise nor buy, and it's freaking him out...

  6. benediktus says:

    "Which Matt Ruff Story Are We In Today?"

  7. coolerq says:

    Err... why the hell was he in any kind of position where he was sprayed by a geyser of anything from the sewer? It sounds like either his incompetence or his supervisors' laziness were to blame for this.