A general rule of thumb if you go to a place like a concert or a park: if there are only portable toilets and no public restrooms in sight, then you should either just hold it until you get home or improvise, 'cause there's a chance that the port-a-potty will end up getting tipped over.
Tipping over port-a-potties and outhouses is a very common prank done by people who are looking for some laughs or are getting revenge on someone (although it can happen by accident, too). The offender will wait until their target goes inside, and then they will push the toilet onto its side, and sometimes, they'll tip it over on top of its door so that the user can't get out. The inevitable result is that the victim will be covered in waste, most of it not even being their own. Yuck...
Another variation is when the cover of the toilet gets destroyed or the walls fall down, which will expose the person using it to everyone who can see them, much to their embarrassment.
A form of Toilet Humor.
- Jackass 3D gives us the Poo Cocktail Supreme, where Steve-o is put inside a Port-a-potty and slingshot into the air, covering him in faeces.
- North Country has an instance which is Played for Drama. Josey is harassed by a few of her co-workers while she's inside a portable toilet and they end up tipping it over.
- Space Cowboys: In his backstory, Hawk did this to an outhouse he thinks has his romantic rival. Instead, the occupant was the girl he was smitten with. He caps the story off with "I married her".
- Derek Robinson uses this twice in his novel of the Battle of Britain, A Piece of Cake.
- A pilot who is bullying and being unpleasant to a newcomer to the squadron gets his comeuppance when the bullied pilot waits for him to go to the port-a-lav parked near the pilots' waiting area. He uses a tractor to tip it over and drag it round the airfield while the bully is in there.
- A Very Senior Officer, who is caught short on a visit to the base, uses it at exactly the wrong time - when German fighters conduct a low-level raid. Cannon fire from the Germans bowls it over, with the Air Commodore seated inside.
- A Played for Drama example happens in the Stephen King short story A Very Tight Place, published in Just After Sunset. Protagonist Curtis Johnson is locked up in a tipped over portable toilet by his neighbor Tim Grunwald, and left trapped there in the heat of a Florida summer day to die.
- In Charles Sale's The Specialist, Lem Putt (the narrator) is an expert privy builder, who explains that he builds his outhouses with a sturdy beam embedded five feet deep in the ground so that they can't be pushed over by pranksters. He goes on to tell the sad tale of the Clark family, who built their own privy rather than follow his advice; they didn't anchor their privy, and it got pushed over, trapping their 97-year-old father inside.
- Happens in the CSI: NY episode "Tri-Borough". One construction worker pushed over a port-a-potty another was in because he was frustrated at the guy having replaced him. However, it actually wasn't what killed the guy—that was a falling frozen block of airplane toilet water.
- In Ray Stevens' Christmas song, "Redneck Christmas", the kids turn the outhouse on its side to use as a sled. Unfortunately, Grandpa was in there:
Grandpa: Darn fool, idiots! What are you doing?!Boy 1: Sorry, didn't know you was in there, Grandpa!Boy 2: Merry Christmas, Grandad!Grandpa: I got your "Merry Christmas" right here! Come back with that catalogue!
- In a "News From Lake Wobegon" segment of A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor's fictional childhood includes outhouse tipping as a standard Halloween prank. Usually, the pranksters would focus on the powerful guys like the mayor and banker. Of course, they couldn't hold it in all night, and even taking a shotgun along (to scare the kids away) didn't help.
- In Bully, one mission has Jimmy knock over a port-a-potty at Old Bullworth Vale with a lawnmower while Mr. Burton, Bullworth Academy's gym teacher, is using it as revenge for getting Zoe Taylor expelled.
- In the level "Eye of the Storm" in Crysis 2, you can knock over an outhouse at the start of the level with a fully-powered punch, to the annoyance of the CELL operative inside.
- A quest in DragonFable involves tipping over an outhouse on a hill with Sir Kuss inside. You don't get anything for completing it, though.
Sir Kuss:...oh..... oh my..... oh man, it's EVERYWHERE! It's in my Sneevil wounds... WHY... why would you DO this? You're not even getting any experience for this! You... you're just... you're MEAN. That's what you are. (Oh man, this will never wash off).
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: During the mission where CJ takes revenge on a construction site for catcalling his sister, the foreman hides in a port-a-potty, which CJ not only bulldozes into a pit, but he buries the foreman alive in concrete. Due to the serious Disproportionate Retribution involved, some interpretations have CJ be unaware there was someone inside.
- In Monster Truck Madness, the announcer will yell "Hey! I'm in here!" if the player knocks over a port-a-potty with their truck.
- During the first night mission in South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Captain Diabetes demonstrates his "Diabetic Rage" ability by flipping a port-a-potty that's blocking your path at a concert.
- In this Channel Ate strip (page image), a guy named Andy is smoking a joint in a porta potty when it gets knocked over. He's more concerned about his joint getting wet than himself being covered in waste, apparently.
- The Amazing World of Gumball: In "The End" Richard buys a portable toilet to use as a bunker for the family to protect them from the (not really) end of the world. At the end of the episode, when he tries to kick the door open with the family (sans Gumball and Darwin) inside, it tips over and they get covered in toilet water.
- In the Family Guy episode "To Love and Die in Dixie", the Griffin family gets put on Witness Protection and is sent to a rural community. When Peter goes outside to use the outhouse, it gets tipped over by a bird.
Peter: Ah! Oh, God! Oh, it's everywhere! Ahhh! It's in my raccoon wounds! Oh-ho, God!
- The Loud House: In "Tripped", Mr. Loud rams a line of portable toilets with Vanzilla, and they topple over like dominoes. Turns out the last one was occupied.
- In the Regular Show episode "Portable Toilet", Mordecai and Rigby accidentally get locked inside Muscle Man's special portable toilet while eating a sandwich inside it as a dare. The duo try to break down the door, only for the toilet to fall down and knock them out. Muscle Man unknowingly sends them to a military base to be used as target practice when he returns to it.
Muscle Man: Make sure she gets a good home!
Helicopter Pilot: She will! Decommissioned units get sent to the military for target practice!
Muscle Man: That's so honorable!
- In The Simpsons episode "King of the Hill", Homer leans on a port-a-potty, knocking over the top part and exposing Comic Book Guy.
Comic Book Guy: Oh... It appears I will have to find a new Fortress of Solitude.
- Taken Up to Eleven with a port-a-potty in Denver, Colorado flying away when it's extremely windy out. Thankfully, no one was inside at the time, but just think about what would have happened if someone was using it.
- A Broncos fan tips over a port-a-potty while a Patriots fan is using it.