CINCINNATI, June 8 (UPI) -- A new outhouse built by a Cincinnati non-profit group is simply too fancy for Elbert "Lew" Preston, the Ohio farmer says.
The 79-year-old retired tobacco farmer said the outhouse built by People Working Cooperatively is a far cry from the simple wooden structure he once had sitting above a hole in the ground, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Sunday.
"It's too nice and complicated to be an outhouse," Preston said of the concrete and treated lumber outhouse. "I call it a privy."
The senior citizen said his old outhouse not only survived decades of usage, but even being uprooted by a tornado in 1997.
Yet a visit by board of health officials resulted in the outhouse being condemned and that's when People Working Cooperatively offered to build a new structure for Preston.
While the farmer apparently misses his dilapidated outhouse, he's relieved he can still relieve himself outside.
"When you're in a house, sounds carry," Preston told the Enquirer. "Everybody knows your business."