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Old 09-09-2014, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Today was trash pickup day - I usually only put the trash and/or recycle can(s) out every 2-3 weeks. Had a rough night sleeping-wise (kept hearing noises) - just before 5 a.m. I KNEW I heard a noise outside, look out the window and see a woman going through my recycle can (which is on the street) and taking out the cans (she had 2 grocery type paper bags w/her) - not sure if she'd gone to other houses or not - I watch her for probably 10 mins. or so - she then picks up her bag and walks up the street. Creepy.
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:51 PM
 
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We have an older retired guy in my area that does that...goes through the recycle bins and pulls out the aluminum cans. I've actually taken to keeping them in a separate box for him so he doesn't need to dig through the big bin.

Have spoken to him several times, nice old guy. Says he does it to get some extra exercise(says on trash day he will walk and additional 5-6 miles), and the can's give him a few bucks when he turns them in every couple months.
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:59 PM
 
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Why is that creepy? She's obviously gathering cans to recycle to get some money.

As long as she doesn't leave a mess, I wouldn't worry about it at all.
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Old 09-09-2014, 03:03 PM
 
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Great documentary about can collecting in NYC.....nominated for an Oscar in 2013.

Airing Monday, October 14th @ 9:40pm on HBO | The Documentary
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Old 09-09-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I guess it's creepy to me since I'm recently widowed - I would gladly keep the cans out for the person if that was possible (I don't have any contact though) - someone used be on Freecycle that I donated to. I considered speaking to the person doing that - maybe I should have gone out and spoken to her. (to be honest, I could use the money from recycle cans but didn't think anything around offered). Guess I was just talking (and operating on 2 hrs. or so of fractured sleep)
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Old 09-09-2014, 04:22 PM
 
Location: The South
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I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Flamigo13.
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Thank you LynchburgLover
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:50 PM
 
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I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Flamigo13.
Imagine that. How much Flamingo13 would have made had he/she raid her/his own recycle bin.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Imagine that. How much Flamingo13 would have made had he/she raid her/his own recycle bin.

Um, the reference was to loss of a spouse, not the cans.


So sorry, Flamingo13.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:08 PM
 
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Um, the reference was to loss of a spouse, not the cans.


So sorry, Flamingo13.
Didn't get that at the first couple of posts. Thanks for pointing it out, suzy_q2010.

So sorry, Flamingo13.
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