It appears someone took the expression, “hey, I have to go to the can” literally as police are investigating how “human waste” made its way into Coke cans at a plant in Lisburn, Co Antrim, Ireland:

You see, the cans are actually manufactured in Germany and arrive in Ireland without tops, where they are then filled with Coca-Cola. It’s thought that the poop was deposited in the cans during the trip, possibly by illegal immigrants who stowed away in containers. From the Independent:

The night shift at the plant in Lisburn, Co Antrim, was disrupted last week when a container of tins thought to have arrived from Germany clogged up the machines – only for workers to discover a number were filled with what looked like human waste.

“It was absolutely horrible, and the machines had to be turned off for about 15 hours to be cleaned,” a source said. “It was unusual because normally the cans come from somewhere else in the UK, but this time they apparently came from Germany.

“The rumour is that some poor immigrants could have made that long journey in the lorry and that in their desperation were forced to use the cans instead of a toilet.

Thankfully none of the contaminated cans left the factory, but there’s still the issue of exactly how they were contaminated in the first place:

Alliance councillor Amanda Grehan said she was dumbfounded by the news.

“That’s really shocking, and if the drinks cans were to get out into shops then it could be extremely dangerous for people,” she said.

“But Coca-Cola are a big business in the area and I’m sure they’ll do everything necessary to make sure the affected ones don’t get out.

“That illegal immigrants could be involved in some way is worrying too, although we’re not sure yet if that’s the case.

“But rather than condemn anyone who might have found themselves in this situation, I think it’s far more important that we help anyone who is that desperate and make sure they’re safe.”

You mean nobody in Europe thought of installing port-a-potties in shipping containers?