City workers spray-paints wisecrack message on woman's lawn

Rose Lutz is seen in her North Kildonan yard on June 25, 2014, with a message left for her by city...

Rose Lutz is seen in her North Kildonan yard on June 25, 2014, with a message left for her by city workers who came out to check if a water leak is the reason behind a patch of rotten grass. (Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun photo)

Jim Bender, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- Rose Lutz is upset and embarrassed by a city employee's juvenile response to a simple request.

Lutz called 311 to ask the city to check for a water-pipe leak under her lawn in North Kildonan.

A city crew checked for a leak Tuesday, but instead of leaving a note or a voice mail, an employee spray-painted over the saturated lawn in big blue letters: "NO LEAK H2O MAKES GRASS GROW."

"I couldn't sleep last night," Lutz said Wednesday. "It makes the grass grow? Then why is it dead, idiot?

"Now, people are walking by and reading it. I'm so embarrassed... What's the protocol? Shouldn't they have come to the door or left a note?"

A city supervisor called to apologize late Tuesday, after spokespeople were alerted to the story by QMI Agency.


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