Swimming pools in three states have been ordered to pay $25,000 each to dozens of landscapers who were allegedly under the influence of alcohol or drugs, local media reported.
In a settlement with landscapers, a judge ordered the defendants to complete community service, pay $2,000 fines and perform 300 hours of community service by April 7, according to The Associated Press.
The case began in April after two landscapers filed complaints about a pool in a rural section of the southern California city of Lancaster.
One of the landscapers said she and her husband had to take the pool down after they fell and hit their head, and another said they were too drunk to walk.
One of the women, a 27-year-old woman, and her boyfriend, a 23-year, were charged with two counts of operating a pool that is not a licensed recreational facility.
One was found to have four prior felony convictions, the other two were found to be in possession of marijuana, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.
In January, a state appellate court threw out two other charges against one of the men.
The state attorney general’s office declined to comment on the case, but a spokesman for the attorney general did not immediately respond to a request for comment.