Jerry Bance, the service technician and now-former Conservative candidate caught peeing into a mug three years ago, is the latest target of federal election-based online ridicule. The internet was quick to mock Bance's actions after hidden camera pictures of one of his house calls resurfaced online Sunday evening.
The footage, part of a 2012 episode of CBC's investigative show Marketplace, showed Bance peeing into a coffee cup before dumping the contents into the sink and rinsing it out. CBC News received a tip late Sunday evening that the service technician in the footage was Bance.
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A Conservative spokesman confirmed to CBC News Monday morning that Bance would no longer be the candidate for the Toronto-area riding of Scarborough–Rouge Park, saying he was dropped for not being truthful during the screening process, the party said.
But social media were already strewn with a steady stream of urine-inspired jokes. #peegate has been trending on Twitter in Canada since the story broke.
My 6 year old deeply regretted peeing her pants yesterday; I comforted her by telling her at least she didn't pee in my coffee mug #peegate— @hugeheadca
The mug that Bance grabbed from the sink and then urinated in got a lot of online love.
Of course, the mug got its own Twitter account.
The account was made less than an hour after CBC News broke the story Sunday evening.
...and 'Bance' became its very own verb.
Man, #peegate is so hilarious, but I have to go to the bathroom. Wait, there's a mug on the coffee table. Do I Bance it?— @Marty_Chan
The incident happened back in 2012.
This Twitter user suggested that common serviceman etiquette has been forgotten in the three years since it happened.
A lot of you guys are shocked but in 2012 it was common, in fact expected, that your appliance repair man pee in your coffee cup— @lenmac1
Some of this campaign's most notable memes were trotted out, with a pee-induced spin.
The in-flight snack on ConAir this morning: warm camembert and funny tasting coffee. #peegate— @rosemartland
And with any meme-laden moment during this campaign, there was the requisite appearance by the angry old Conservative supporter... and Mike Duffy.
Some used the opportunity to question the vetting process for federal election candidates.
There have been a rash of political candidates across all parties who have been disciplined or dropped off the ballot entirely for their past bad behaviour that is traceable online.
Calgary Liberal candidate Ala Buzreba stepped down after offensive tweets she made as a teenage resurfaced online. Nova Scotia NDP candidate Morgan Wheeldon resigned after a screen grab of a Facebook post he made about Israel were circulated.
In addition to Bance, the Conservatives also dropped Tim Dutaud as a candidate on Monday. Dutaud, who was running in the Toronto-Danforth riding, was found starring in offensive and embarrassing online videos.
What happened to parties vetting candidates well in advance? The date of the election didn't just sneak up on people #elxn42— @chrisgray1973
The Conservatives' announcement that Bance would no longer be running just lent itself to more jokes.
Bance on resignation: It was a relief to let go. #peegate— @LeeHunter