Crown Office staff at the procurator fiscal’s office in Glasgow’s Ballater Street had been plagued by a mystery stench for the last fortnight. Court officials spent £9,000 trying to pinpoint the disgusting smell only to find it was caused by a disgruntled employee with a can of joke shop fart gas.
Drainage experts and pest control workers were brought in to try to pinpoint the origin of the pong, but were left baffled. After running up the £9,000 bill on the investigations, the source was eventually identified. A casual worker, who is believed to have been refused a modern apprenticeship with the department, was caught red-handed with the spray.
He was marched out of the building by security staff. A source said: “It smelled like something had died under the floorboards. Various drainage experts and pest control folk were brought in to try to sort out the problem, but they all failed to find anything. Then on Wednesday this guy was caught with a can of fart gas and everything fell into place.
“He was apparently annoyed about failing to secure an apprenticeship, but he has absolutely no chance now of a career in the fiscal’s office.” The Crown Office said: “Staff reported an unusual odour at the fiscal’s office in Glasgow. After investigation, the matter has been resolved.”