Outwizzing The Whizzinator

By: Alexandra Hill Email
By: Alexandra Hill Email

Panama City - At Judicial Correction Services, where probations and drug tests are handled regularly, they thought they'd seen it all, until this.

"This young man came in to do his drug test, the probation officer was watching and saw him fiddling around with places he shouldn't be fiddling around with,” said Richard Stewart, Florida Operations Manager at Judicial Correction Services.

The man said he was having trouble urinating and needed some water. After drinking the water, the officer took the man back to the restroom.

There the young man continued to fiddle with his pants, which the probation officer could see from the bathroom mirror.

At the point, he heard the sound of Velcro and the test was called off and the surprise was revealed.

"So the man drops his pants, and sure enough there it is, a device known as a Whizzinator, which is intended for you to be able to use somebody else's urine to give the drug test,” said Stewart.

The Whizzinator is a strap-on device with a prosthetic penis that holds urine inside.

Although it is marketed online as a sex toy because of it's design, it's mostly used to foil drug tests.

"On that website I was totally shocked at what you can buy,” said Stewart.

The owner of 1st Choice Health Services, a local drug screening company, says he's not surprised.

In fact Kim Neese says, in his line of work you see a lot of strange things.

"A lot of them don't use the sophisticated Whizzinators that are made strictly for that. They’ll get an eye dropper bottle or something they can conceal readily in their underclothing,” said Neese.

Although the Whizzinator may be fairly new to this area, the device actually has an extensive history.

In 2005, actor Tom Sizemore was caught using one to beat a court-ordered drug test. Later that year, Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith was suspended for an entire season after he was caught with a Whizzinator in his luggage at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

"Due to the economy, people are desperate to work and they'll do almost anything to try to get a job and maintain their employment,” said Neese.

But doing anything can come at a high price.

A new state law makes willfully defrauding a urine test a first degree misdemeanor. This makes the punishment worse than if you simply fail the test.

"Not only have you violated your probation, but you have a new charge as well,” said Stewart.

That's the kicker to our local man's story. He was due to complete his probation on Friday.

Now he's back in jail charged with attempting to defraud a urine test and violation of probation.

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