Google Maps captured pictures of a giant, inflatable shit pile on North Peters Street

A giant, inflatable pile of shit that appeared in a parking of North Peters Street in February 2020 has been preserved on Google Maps.

The pile is actually a poo “emoji” that has somehow been replicated into an actual physical, inflatable object and used as a prop in the French Quarter Feb. 28 – March 1, 2020 while on a multi-state tour to promote Poo-pourri, a spray fragrance used to mask the lingering smell of shit after you take a dump.

We screen-shotted a picture of the shit, which appears on Google Map’s street view, and posted it above.

The company, which is based in Texas, camped its shit emoji at the parking lot located in the 500 block of North Peters Street.

For three days, people were invited into the poo house where they were given a “transformative” video production experience of shit and encouraged to drop the “negative shit you’ve been holding on to.”

Google just happened to be driving along North Peters Street on one of those days and captured a small set of photos only seen at the intersection of St. Louis and North Peters streets. Once you pass the intersection, the shit pile disappears.

Was it or was it not a coincidence that Google Maps happened to be rolling past the poo emoji in the parking lot that day? There may never be an answer. But here’s another question: are flies attracted to shit?

For what it’s worth, if anybody reading this has been inside that thing and cares to describe their experience to the staff at The Quarter Rat, we are really interested in studying your thoughts.

And if any Quarter Rat reading this has actually used Poo-Pourri, please write us a product review in 250 words or less and send it to dave@thequarterrat.com or styles@thequarterrat.com.

3 female suspects believed to frequent French Quarter wanted in connection to 8th District armed robbery

Three female suspects who are believed to frequent the French Quarter are wanted in connection to an Eighth District armed robbery on Feb. 21.

The incident was reported shortly before 11 p.m. at a yet-to-be-revealed location in the Eighth District, according to New Orleans Police.

A male victim reported that he was allegedly robbed at gunpoint by three unknown Black females, one of which is pictured below.

Courtesy of NOPD.
Courtesy of NOPD.
Courtesy of NOPD.

The suspects drove a black sedan, which is believed to be a recent model Chevrolet Impala–possibly a midnight edition, during the robbery, according to New Orleans Police.

The females are believed to also frequent the downtown area.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 877-903-7867.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

My run-in with Eddie Furlong on Frenchmen Street: a Navy homecoming, cocaine and ‘Titanic 2’

A Navy buddy of mine returned in one piece from a deployment to Iraq sometime in October 2008 and naturally, along with several more salty active-duty military and veterans, we celebrated the shit out of the occasion like a pack of hellions during a night on Frenchmen Street, where I had a chance encounter with actor Edward Furlong in front of d.b.a.

The night was dedicated to Jason Huber, an electronics technician assigned to Special Boat Team 22 in Stennis, Mississippi and who became a boat guy himself two years later for the same team before eventually advancing to its chief petty officer. We had previously known each other as shipmates aboard the USS Thomas S. Gates. May he rest in peace.

There were five of us: me, Jason, two more Navy dudes and a Marine. D.b.a was only the second stop of the night and I stepped outside in anticipation of the next leg of our walking excursion.

Another man was hanging out near the entrance of the bar, fidgeting with his cell phone. His face seemed familiar and, in my mind, I was guessing where I had seen it before. Instead of just thinking about it, I flat-out asked him: “Hey man, where have I seen you before? I’ve seen you somewhere.”

He looked at me and just kind of shrugged his shoulders. “I dunno,” he said.

After a few minutes it hit me: he was James DeBello, who is also an actor. “You’re Trip, the dude from Detroit Rock City,” I said to him.

He smiled, then stuck his hand out to shake mine and introduced himself: “The name’s Jimmy.”

What a treat, I thought, randomly running into another famous person on the street in New Orleans. It happens all the time and never gets old. Other thoughts occurred to me: what the hell is he doing here and why is he by himself? Is he filming a movie or something? Which movie is it?

Before I could vocalize my inquiries, Furlong interrupts the conversation. “Eddie fucking Furlong,” was the first thing that came out of my mouth.

“What’s up man, how are you doing?” he responded, warmly.

Furlong was a happy camper that night. With a woman on each arm, he was well on his way to a good fucking time. As I recall, though, he appeared starkly different from his appearance as little John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Compared to the frail, punk teenager that we imagined him as throughout the 1990s, Furlong’s late-2000s sedentary physique included a gut that stuck out from the black-and-gold Led Zeppelin t-shirt that wrapped around his torso and he was also approaching middle age.

He was in town filming scenes for Night of the Demons, a remake of the 1988 cult horror movie released in 2009, which cost $10,000,000 to make but grossed only $64,000 worldwide, according to IMDB.

My Marine friend pulled me inside the bar for a quick moment to take a couple of shots before reminding me of what I already knew.

“You know that’s Edward Furlong, right?”

“Yes, I do.”

We stepped back outside, exchanging small talk and smoking cigarettes. Then Furlong popped the question.

“You guys don’t know where I could get some good coke, do you? I’ve been sniffing this baby powder all-NIGHT!”

You read and hear about celebrities in the news behaving badly in public and those are the impressions that tend to stick with you. But then you tell yourself they’re different in person because they’re actors, right?

I’ve interacted with more than enough celebrities in my lifetime, but none of them asked me for cocaine, or any other drugs, until now. I thought, “Is this dude really asking me for coke?”

His 2004 arrest for attempting to liberate lobsters from a Florence, Kentucky grocery store fish tank came to mind in that moment and then it all started to make sense.

I don’t remember being that starstruck at the time, although I felt a bit ashamed because I couldn’t help find what he wanted. I offered an alternative.

“Dude I have some killer weed at my place and it’s literally right around the corner. You’re all invited. Let’s get high!”

Sadly, he declined. They all declined.

We stood around for several more minutes making conversation and smoked more cigarettes. My group was beginning to make its transition to the next bar.

Then I popped the question to him.

“Hey dude, what’s your favorite movie you played in?”

Taking a drag from his cigarette, Furlong exhaled and stared blankly for a second, slightly nodding his head. There was a pause, then he smiled and suddenly became animated.

“Titanic part two!” Furlong shouted, flailing his arms while hopping back and forth between the street and the curb with his feet together as if competing in a game of Double Dutch.

“OK, OK I get it,” I told him. Clearly, he gets that question all of the time.

Furlong continued jumping around and making noises as I walked away. I rejoined my crew and we resumed our night, which has since faded into history.

Graphic by Eric T. Styles. To contact the author, email dave@thequarterrat.com.

The Quarter Report!

The following is taken from the New Orleans Police calls-for-service daily log and includes incidents reported in and in the area immediately surrounding the French Quarter. The signal type may be changed or reclassified for up to 36 hours after the incident is marked up, according to the NOPD.

Monday, Feb. 22:

Incident — At 2:01 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 800 block of Barracks Street.

Incident — At 2:34 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery in the 600 block of St. Philip Street.

Incident — At 3:09 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery in the 600 block of St. Philip Street.

Incident — At 8 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision with an injury near the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and Henriette Delille Street.

Incident — At 10:49 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 10:53 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an armed robbery with a gun in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 11:24 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 700 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 1:11 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a residence burglary in the 500 block of Burgundy Street.

Incident — At 3:20 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 11:08 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent 911 call in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Tuesday, Feb. 23:

Incident — At 12:04 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 10 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 1:45 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a discharged firearm near the intersection of Royal and Canal streets.

Incident — At 3:35 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 700 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 7:36 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a death in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 8:34 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision near the intersection of North Rampart and St. Louis streets.

Incident — At 8:43 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 9:37 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 10:59 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 100 block of South Rampart Street.

Incident — At 2:10 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 2:42 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 2:55 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 10 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 3:29 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a pickpocket in the 900 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 7:01 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 400 block of Burgundy Street

Incident — At 8:38 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 700 block of Orleans Avenue.

Incident — At 9:40 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a reckless driver near the intersection of Canal and Magazine streets.

Incident — At 10:24 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision in the 500 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident —At 10:35 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 500 block of North Rampart Street.

Thursday, Feb. 24:

Incident — At 12:08 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a warrant stop with release near the intersection of North Peters and Canal streets.

Incident — At 12:19 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations in the 900 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 12:25 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a municipal attachment in the 10 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 2:57 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a drunk person near the intersection of St. Louis and North Rampart streets.

Incident — At 4:52 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations near the intersection of Decatur and Bienville streets.

Incident — At 2:16 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an unclassified death in the 900 block of St. Philip Street.

Incident — At 3:33 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 500 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 4:17 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 500 block of Dauphine Street.

Incident — At 6:34 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a reckless driver near the intersection of Canal and Magazine streets.

Incident — At 8:02 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 8:49 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 500 block of Port of New Orleans Place.

Incident — At 8:55 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent 911 call in the 700 block of Ursulines Avenue.

Incident — At 8:57 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 9:19 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision near the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and Burgundy Streets.

Incident — At 10:10 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision with an injury near the intersection of North Rampart and St. Louis streets.

Incident — At 11:15 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a business burglary in the 700 block of Ursulines Avenue.

Thursday, Feb. 25:

Incident — At 12:34 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight near the intersection of Bourbon and Canal streets.

Incident — At 12:34 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a warrant stop with release near the intersection of North Rampart and St. Louis streets.

Incident — At 4:14 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple robbery in the 400 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 6:38 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 100 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 9:01 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 500 block of Bienville Street.

Incident — At 9:08 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations near the intersection of Canal and Bourbon streets.

Incident — At 9:32 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Barracks Street.

Incident — At 1:10 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision in the 500 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 2:51 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft near the intersection of Bourbon and Barracks streets.

Incident — At 3:29 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of simple vehicle burglary near the intersection of St. Peter and Burgundy streets.

Incident — At 5:10 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft near the intersection of Dauphine and Conti streets.

Incident — At 7:54 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a pickpocket in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 9:04 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision near the intersection of Canal and Tchoupitoulas streets.

Incident — At 11:52 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a warrant stop with release near the intersection of North Peters and Canal streets.

Friday, Feb. 26:

Incident — At 1:07 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 10 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 1:42 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of simple criminal damage in the 700 block of Dumaine Street.

Incident — At 3:50 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fugitive attachment in the 800 block of Canal STreet.

Incident — At 5:06 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 200 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 7:09 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 600 block of Pirates Alley.

Incident — At 9:16 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations on French Market Place.

Incident — At 10:11 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft near the intersection of Conti and Royal streets.

Incident — At 10:42 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of extortion threats in the 600 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 11:43 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision near the intersection of Baronne and Canal streets.

Incident — At 3:24 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 3:35 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a quality of life issue in the 600 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 3:40 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision near the intersection of Canal and North Peters streets.

Incident — At 3:48 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of obscenity/exposing in the 300 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 4:57 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight in the 400 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 5:22 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a quality of life issue in the 600 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 5:25 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fire near the intersection of St. Louis and Burgundy streets.

Incident — At 5:35 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 6:48 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 11:34 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight near the intersection of Royal Street and Ursulines Avenue.

Incident — At 11:44 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight in the 900 block of Bourbon Street.

Saturday, Feb. 27:

Incident — At 2:40 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 7:48 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an aggravated rape near the intersection of Baronne and Canal streets.

Incident — At 8:55 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 10 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 10:19 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 800 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 11:28 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 1000 block of Iberville Street.

Incident — At 2:35 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 4:03 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 400 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 4:29 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 200 block of Burgundy Street.

Incident — At 4:36 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a reckless driver near the intersection of Dauphine and Toulouse streets.

Incident — At 5:28 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a reckless driver in the 80 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 5:35 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 500 block of Esplanade Avenue.

Incident — At 5:42 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report a simple battery in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 6:06 p.m. New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 800 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 7:23 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering near the intersection of Bourbon and Iberville streets.

Incident — At 7:47 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a quality of life issue near the intersection of Royal and Iberville streets.

Incident — At 7:49 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 100 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 8:16 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 700 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 8:20 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight near the intersection of St. Louis and Dauphine streets.

Incident — At 8:44 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision with an injury near the intersection of Burgundy and Conti streets.

Incident — At 9:44 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft near the intersection of Barracks and Dauphine streets.

Incident — At 9:54 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery in the 400 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 11:11 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a person illegally carrying a gun in the 400 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 11:13 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 100 block of Carondelet Street.

Incident — At 11:51 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision in the 600 block of St. Ann Street.

Sunday, Feb. 28:

Incident — At 1:19 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a person illegally carrying a gun near the intersection of Orleans Avenue and North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 8:14 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 400 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 8:51 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft near the intersection of Canal and Carondelet streets.

Incident — At 8:59 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 1000 block of Bienville Street.

Incident — At 9:32 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 800 block of Dauphine Street.

Incident — At 9:54 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft near the intersection of Bourbon and Kerlerec streets.

Incident — At 11:38 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 800 block of Dauphine Street.

Incident — At 12:41 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft near the intersection of St. Philip and North Rampart streets.

Incident — At 12:52 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run collision in the 200 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 1:27 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 1:39 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 1:48 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 10 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 2:19 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 1000 block of St. Philip Street.

Incident — At 3:01 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of obscenity/exposing near the intersection of Conti and Burgundy streets.

Incident — At 3:05 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight near the intersection of Toulouse and Bourbon streets.

Incident — At 3:26 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 4:46 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 5:34 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery near the intersection of Conti and Royal streets.

Incident — At 7:39 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 900 block of Iberville Street.

Incident — At 8:02 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a reckless driver in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 8:54 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a reckless driver near the intersection of Frenchmen and Burgundy streets.

Incident — At 8:56 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 9:16 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery near the intersection of French Market Place and Governor Nicholls Street.

Incident — At 10:11 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft in the 900 block of St. Ann Street.

New Orleans Police towed 22 cars in the French Quarter.

Vieux Carre Commission temporarily reopens French Quarter office for in-person staff consultations

In-person consultations with Vieux Carre Commission staff members will resume for one day each week starting Thursday after an agreement was reached to temporarily reopen an office on North Peters Street.

Staff will be available for in-person meetings by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the office located in Suite 206C at 400 N. Peters St. The reopening came after a solution was reached between New Orleans city officials and The Berger Company, according to an announcement by the VCC Foundation on Feb. 26.

During office hours, members of the public will be able to meet with a staff member to ask questions, drop off applications or issue permits.

Some restrictions will apply for the services because not all employees will be available. A review of plans and the ability to discuss violations with a staff member will be available.

If someone know which staff member they want to speak to, the public is asked to email that member directly.

Coronavirus guidelines will also be in place, including mask and social distancing. Those who don’t comply may be asked to leave or denied entry.

“Keep in mind, you may not walk out with a permit, but the staff will do their best to assist you and can help with OBES permit entries and questions,” according to VCC Foundation staff.

To make an appointment, file applications or to make an appointment, email vcc@nola.gov.

For more information on the VCC, including public meeting schedules, visit nola.gov/vcc.

Graphic by Eric T. Styles. To contact the author, email dave@thequarterrat.com.