Does your company require employees to pass drug tests? Now, there’s one less product on the market to help them cheat.
The makers of the Whizzinator have pleaded guilty in federal court to two conspiracy counts, putting an official end to their product.
The company owned by George Wills and Robert Catalano, Puck Technology, sold the device that helped men pass drug tests.
The Whizzinator is a prosthetic penis that comes with a heating element and fake urine. It was sold from 2005 through this year.
Federal prosecutors claim the product helped people circumvent federal workplace drug-testing programs. They cited customer testimonials on the company’s Web site, including one in which an employee bragged about using the device to pass a drug test required by Department of Transportation regulations.
The men will be sentenced in February and face up to eight years in prison and a $500,000 fine each.
The Whizzinator entered public consciousness three years ago when former Vikings running back Onterrio Smith was caught with one in an airport.
The device made news a second time when a couple asked a convenience store clerk in McKeesport, PA, to heat one in a store microwave so the fake urine would attain body temperature. The store clerk called police. The woman, who wanted the fake urine to pass a pre-employment drug test, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and agreed to pay to replace the store’s microwave.
OSHA regulations prohibit use of microwaves to heat food once bodily fluids have been in them.