In a turn of events that would send even the most independent of college students running home to mom with their basket of dirty clothes, students at Southern Illinois University tell the Daily Egyptian someone has been pooping in their dorm's washing machines. Residents of Abbott Hall say poop has been found in the machines in one laundry room at least eight times dating back to last year. “I went down into the laundry room to wash my clothes and I opened one of the washers and noticed that it smelled like someone had taken a dump in there,” freshman Brian Piller says. But at first he didn't want to believe the horrible truth: “I wondered if maybe someone had had an accident in their clothes or something. It never occurred to me that, you know, someone would poop on clothes in the laundry room."
While multiple students are sharing their fecal horror stories, the university has only received one official report of poop found in a washing machine, the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Jon Shaffer, director of university housing, tells BuzzFeed in the one official case the offending substance was only suspected to be fecal matter and was found in the machine's rubber seal. "It's not like there was a noticeable pile anywhere," he says. "I don't have anything that substantiates what was printed in the student paper." That's cold comfort to Abbott Hall residents. “I’m, like, terrified to wash in Abbott,” sophomore Khiyah Ransom tells the Egyptian. “I’m just wondering who’s doing this pooping.” KFVS reports the school has reminded students "about responsible group living and respect for each other's property." (A Colorado woman won't stop pooping while jogging.)