HOLLYWOOD, CA. – Deputies said an Irishman in Hollywood sat on his and his roommates’ toilet for twenty minutes, and they’re investigating whether he was mistreated.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said a man identified as Ben Watson called his office last month to report that something was wrong with his Irish roommate.

Whipple said it appeared that either the 30-year-old Irishman’s skin had grown around the seat, or else he was reading a Variety magazine and drinking a Pabst. Initially, the man, who authorities are calling “McGivern” refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and Mr. Watson that he either needed to be checked out at a hospital or ‘shit or get off the pot’.

“He’s been in there for like, 20 minutes.” Said the man’s other roommate Derek Ellingson in a 911 call.“We pried the toilet seat off with a pry bar and the seat went with him into the livingroom.” Whipple said. “It appears that either his buttocks had grown around the seat the way a tree will grow around chicken wire, or he was kind of constipated and just reading a magazine and drinking beer on the toilet.”

Whipple said investigators planned to present their report Wednesday to the county attorney, who will determine whether any charges should be filed against “McGivern”.

“There aren’t really any tenet laws or protections for roommates in cases where one roommate will hog the bathroom for a long time. I think that the fact that he was reading a Variety and drinking beer led to him being in there for twenty minutes. Either he’s mentally retarded, or just kind of inconsiderate. I would hate a roommate like that, either way.” Whipple said.

“He was not glued. He was not tied. He was just sitting there. Well, and reading and drinking beer.” Whipple said. “It is hard to imagine. … I still have a hard time imagining it myself.”

Watson and Ellingson told investigators they brought their roommate food and water, and asked him every few minutes to come out of the bathroom.

“And his reply would be, ‘In a minute!,”’ Whipple said. “According to the roommates, he did not want to leave the bathroom.”

Police found the Irishman sitting on the toilet, his sweat pants down to his mid-thigh. He was “somewhat disoriented,” and his legs looked like they had atrophied, Whipple said.

“He said that he didn’t need any help, that he was OK and did not want to leave,” he said.

Authorities said they did not know if he was mentally or physically disabled.

Police have declined to release the Irishman’s name, but said that he was “really Irish.” and his name was “something like McGivern”.

“I don’t think anybody can make any sense out of it,” he said.

“He always takes like twenty minutes in the bathroom.” Said Mr. Watson. “He never does his dishes either.”


Ryan McGivern