SAN MARINO, CA (KTLA/CNN) – What the mayor of San Marino, CA calls an honest error has turned into one big mess.
"It's embarrassing to me to make a mistake," San Marino Mayor Dennis Kneier said.
"He does not give enough reason for why he had to pick up a bag of waste and deposit it on our side gate," neighbor Phillip Lao said.
Mayor Kneier was caught on camera tossing a bag of dog poop on Lao's front yard.
Lao's home surveillance video captured the dirty deed that Kneier says wasn't deliberate, just poor judgment after he tried removing the feces from a lamp post down their street.
"What I should have done is either when I saw that bag of what I assume was dog waste, you know what I mean, I didn't test it," Kneier said. "I should have either just left it there, but I'm not the kind of person that just leaves things sitting around."
To make amends, the mayor send a letter to Lao promising that it wouldn't happen again.
But Lao isn't buying that apology. He claims the bag of waste was payback since Lao has fought against some of the mayor's proposals over the years, including the construction of a dog park.
"Nothing could be further from the truth," Kneier said. "Nothing could be further from the truth!"
San Marino police are still investigating the incident, which could lead to citations, perhaps more if this irate neighbor has his way.
"He thinks he can just smooth things over," Lao said. "He thinks that he can have the police drop it or whatever, but I will pursue it. I'm in touch with a lawyer and we're thinking about pursuing harassment."
In a news release Monday, the San Marino police department said the matter is still under investigation.
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