URBANDALE, Iowa --Marissa King owns Maven Salon Studios in Urbandale. After years of cutting hair she finally opened her own place in 2018, but things have taken a strange, and objectively gross turn.
“This is by far one of the most bizarre things I've ever experienced. Never did I think with opening a business I would have something quite like this to deal with,” said King.
King says since June she's been dealing with what she calls the “Parking Lot Puker,” a man driving up to her business, vomiting in the parking lot, and leaving.
“It was starting to get excessive, multiple days in a row. This is typically, right in front of the business where he likes to pull in, park, you can see there's a couple of spots here, one over there. Basically, he started to come around to where our clients enter and exit their vehicles and they were starting to take notice as well. A lot of them actually thought someone dropped a pizza in the parking lot,” said King.
King says after about the fifth time they decided to put up a camera to catch the barfing bandit in the act, and one morning they hit pay-dirt.
“They said, ‘there's vomit in the parking lot, check the cameras!’ So, I went on and I started scrolling through. I could see the vehicle come in from the south side of the parking lot, sit in the car for five or so minutes, clearly vomit for a few minutes,” said King.
King says the situation is ridiculous, but she worries that the nighttime exploits of the unidentified upchucker threatens her business' reputation.
“We try to maintain a very professional and clean environment not only inside but outside as well. With clients taking notice of it was definitely disrupting out day-to-day.
Urbandale police say the man could be charged with criminal mischief or trespassing should King wish to press charges, but King says she just wants the vomiting vandal to go away.
“I sympathize if he has any sort of medical condition or anything like that. I don’t want to get him trouble, but I have to look out for my business and our customers. It just needs to stop,” she said.
King has floated the idea of staking out the parking lot to catch the person herself, or leaving a bucket with a note to please take his behavior elsewhere.