justCouncil berates Comcast after worker defecates in yard

The Braintree Town Council reprimanded Comcast this week after one worker for a subcontractor it hired to hand out flyers door-to-door allegedly defecated in a resident's yard, and two others were arrested by police on outstanding warrants. Maryellen Fleming told the council Tuesday that on the morning of February 21 , she looked out her window and noticed a man defecating in her side yard near a storage shed. When the man saw Fleming, she said, he smiled and waved at her. "It's just very disturbing and uncalled for," said Fleming. "Comcast needs to better investigate who they employ." Councilors said the man was a resident of the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter in Boston and had been hired by California-based "front door" marketing firm Power Direct . Gerry Buckley , a representative of Comcast who appeared at the meeting, said his company's contract with Power Direct had been cancelled in the wake of the incident. After Fleming notified police of the man in her yard, officers investigated other Power Direct workers in Braintree and discovered that two had outstanding felony warrants, including one who was wanted in Maine. "This is not who Comcast is in this community," said Buckley, who apologized to Fleming and the Council. "We take this allegations very seriously... It's beyond the pale." Councilors repeatedly scolded Comcast, called for a higher-ranking executive to appear at their next meeting, and asked the company to make a donation to a Braintree charity. They also indicated they would consider revising the town's bylaws to tighten permitting requirements for door-to-door marketers.