Roxy Jacenko has shut down rumours the Paddington poo jogger may be Jackie O, before jokingly comparing Carrie Bickmore to the culprit.
The PR maven shared clips of a woman running behind a car on Watson Street in Paddington, pulling down her pants and relieving herself on two occasions.
Many in the comments began to point the finger at blonde radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, but the 39-year-old squashed the rumours.
Sydney PR maven Roxy Jacenko published video of an alleged ‘poo jogger’ leaving a mess close to Jacenko’s business in Paddington, inner Sydney
Roxy Jacenko (pictured) has shut down rumours the Paddington poo jogger may be Jacki O, before jokingly comparing Carrie Bickmore to the culprit
‘I guess my whole thing for putting it on social media was more about… please just stop doing this, I don’t want to walk in s**t,’ Ms Jacenko said on Channel Ten’s The Project.
‘I took it down because I also don’t want to put the person in a position where people are throwing around names on social media… one of them was Jackie O.’
While she made sure to squash the rumours about her friend, Ms Jacenko also touched on Ms Bickmore’s resemblance to the mystery jogger.
‘Carrie, it’s lucky you don’t live in Sydney, being a blonde, thin and nimble it could have been you as well,’ Ms Jacenko said.
Ms Bickmore jokingly replied: ‘I mean, I did need imodium on set last night but I’m not a poo jogger’.
Separate videos show the jogger defecating in public during her early morning run last Thursday, and again just after 6am on Monday morning.
Furious with the young woman’s behaviour, Ms Jacenko told Daily Mail Australia she has found faeces on the street for three weeks.
While she made sure to squash the rumours about her friend, Ms Jacenko also touched on Ms Bickmore’s resemblance to the mystery jogger
Roxy Jacenko (left) has addressed rumours the mysterious Paddington Pooper is actually her good friend, radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (right)
‘It’s disgusting, it’s a lovely street lined with heritage terraces, kids playing and riding their bikes. Human faeces shouldn’t be on any street,’ she said.
‘Something needs to be done.’
The 39-year-old celebrity publicist is determined to find the culprit and posted the videos to Instagram to get public assistance on Monday evening.
Jacenko deleted footage of the incident from her Instagram account – which has nearly 250,000 followers – on Tuesday morning.
She told Daily Mail Australia she ‘actually didn’t want to look at it any longer, it’s simply revolting.
‘I don’t believe that this is a medical condition, and if it is, there are many ways to ensure that this is managed using incontinence products which are readily available rather than a street by residences, places of work and even worse a junior school.
She claimed: ‘This person is looking for a thrill which is why this is happening in full daylight, multiple times a week in the SAME spot. We aren’t talking about a one off, this is a repeat offender.’
Videos show the jogger desperately running and crouching behind a car to relieve herself (pictured)
The PR maven shared videos of a woman running behind a car on Watson Street in Paddington, pulling down her pants and relieving herself on two occasions (pictured)
Defecating in public is a type of offensive conduct in New South Wales and carries a maximum penalty of three months’ imprisonment and/or a $660 fine. NSW Police say officers are investigating.
On Tuesday morning, Ms Jacenko told Kyle and Jackie-O that the woman deserves no sympathy.
‘This isn’t a person with irritable bowel syndrome, this is a person who’s getting off on it!’ Roxy said on Tuesday, after some of her Instagram followers suggested the woman may have a health problem.
She added: ‘When I Googled it [public defecation], I was shocked how around the world this is a thing.’
Roxy then encouraged the unidentified woman and other poo joggers to find a better hobby, saying: ‘Take up swimming, or something? Why do you need to s**t in the street?’
While it has been understood the woman took to the streets as she couldn’t hold it in, the owner of a nearby cafe said she ran straight past the business and could have used the toilet.
In another video taken on Monday morning, the jogger is seen once again crouching behind a car and relieving herself
While the third video does not show the woman defecating, it is a clear shot of her running down the street, wearing navy running tights and a lavender top
‘From the footage I think we may have recognised the woman but it’s not someone we know,’ owner of Wolf cafe, Sam Gregg, told news.com.au.
Mr Gregg said the behaviour was not particularly out-of-the-ordinary, as Ms Jacenko’s office has been targeted multiple times.
However, he did say this was the first time someone took to the street to do their business repeatedly about 6am.
‘It’s 50-50 that it’s someone targeting her. It’s an odd thing to do,’ Mr Gregg said.
‘If you were in real desperate need to go to the toilet we were open, so she could have come and used the toilet. So that would again point to (it being targeted).’
It is the latest in a string of public defecation incidents in Australia, including a business executive who was famously caught relieving himself repeatedly while on morning jogs.
Psychologist Dr Grant Brecht said possible motivations for poo jogging behaviour include vindictiveness, the ‘thrill’ of it, mental illness – and, obviously, stomach issues.
Clinical psychologist Dr Grant Brecht says there are several possible reasons for the phenomenon
‘One reason is they may actually need to go to the loo – they’ve got a bout of diarrhea or something. Let’s not exclude that,’ Dr Brecht said.
‘If we’re talking about recidivists, who do it quite regularly … it can also be a ‘get back’ (at someone).
‘Something has happened and “cop this”. It’s kind of, “I’m going to poo all over you”.’
Dr Brecht said a more ‘alarming’ explanation is the result of an obsessive-compulsive or anxiety disorder.
IS THERE BE A PHYSICAL REASON FOR ‘POO JOGGING?’
When a similar incident occurred last year, Royal Melbourne Hospital’s gastroenterology professor, Dr Geoff Hebbard, said physical activity can get the gut moving.
‘Vigorous exercise can have significant effect on the gut although that would usually be more than a jog around the block,’ Dr Hebbard explained.
‘(That is) where a person believes if they don’t do this, if they don’t continue to do it, something bad is going to happen to them or a family member.
‘Or they’ll bring bad luck on themselves or others and then get these compulsive thoughts and obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours around needing to do this in the same spot everyday.
‘It’s a similar sport of thing to people not wanting to step on cracks, a superstitious thing.’
A third explanation is Ms Jacenko’s theory – that the ‘poo joggers’ enjoy the sheer thrill, or relief, from the brazen act.
‘They take a risk and they get a buzz,’ said Dr Brecht.
‘It can have that element, as does any sort of addictive behaviour associated with an emotional and physiological high.
‘They get an adrenalin rush – it’s like having an gambling addiction or a sex addiction.’
Psychologist Dr Brecht said that, rather than public shaming, the best way to deal with a poo jogger was to contact authorities, or ‘try and front the person if you feel OK about it’.
‘We’ve just got to be careful of kneejerk reactions … sometimes we need to take a deep breath and work it out,’ he said.