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Lincoln retirement home greeted by soapy prank

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Legacy Retirement Home was greeted by a soapy sight Tuesday, and employees are hoping the repeat offender stops soon.

A prankster put soap in the facility's fountain, causing an overflow of suds. It's happened three times so far this spring and multiple times in the years before.

“It’s been going on for years,” said Legacy's Kelly Stenka. “And it’s fun to laugh at, but last fall it happened so much we eventually had to just turn off the fountain.”

Maintenance crews treated the fountain with chemicals, sending the suds down the drain. But bubbles continued blowing through the wind, leaving what looks like soapy snowfalls surrounding what staff said is a Lincoln landmark.

“It’s very special to us. People recognize it when they drive by us,” said Stenka. “It breaks our heart when we have to turn it off.”

They said it doesn’t damage the fountain, but it’s not just fun and games.


“It’s funny the first time, but then it happens again and again and you realize how much time maintenance has to spend dealing with this problem instead of fixing things for residents and doing other work inside the building,” said Stenka.