Inside one of the nicer portable toilets in the Preakness Infield, Christine Johnson cleaned up and attended to the ladies using the restroom Saturday.
The 50-year-old Baltimore resident said she lucked out in getting assigned to one of the three restroom facilities at the turfside terrace, where patrons pay a premium for a gourmet luncheon, beer and wine.
Her facility featured air conditioning as well as five stalls and a granite-textured, three-sink basin. Johnson described it as the Cadillac of portable toilets, usually known as a one-person station without any amenities, let alone ventilation.
Johnson, a worker hired by Pritchard Sports and Entertainment, has worked at the Preakness during the last two years, usually on clean-up duty. This year, she snagged the bathroom assignment, where ladies offered her generous tips, throwing in change and dollar bills in a plastic cup.
"I'm blessed to have this position today," said Johnson, who also worked Friday and will work Sunday for minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. "The ladies are so nice and they have the prettiest hats."