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Old 05-27-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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What is it with people hanging out at the town dump, blocking the dumpsters when others are waiting in line.

I'm from New England where it's kind of a get to the point, get it down now mentality but people like to block the dumpster with their car while they're outside talking to the dump guy or someone else and I'm behind them waiting to throw my trash in the dumpster.

Does this happen in your town?

I don't mind a little socializing but do it after you've moved your car out of the way.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Kind of like the person who fills their car THEN goes into the conv. store to use restrooms and shop around, while the car sits in front of the pump????
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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LOL!! It's a different mindset in a small town, part of living there is slowing down.
This past Saturday for instance, 2 women were blocking the aisle in the small grocery store I was shopping in as they were exchaning some information.

I could have said something, "Please move" or whatever, but in a small town, you sit back, relax, give them a minute and they will finish their talk and move on. No harm, no foul.

I see people stop their vehicles in the middle of the road and on Main Street and talk for a minute before moving on, just the way it is. Very few will carry on for a significant amount of time, usually one or the other will see you waiting and move off to the side, or sometimes bring you into the conversation.

Part of living in a small town is close associations with your neighbors, so yes, they exchange pleasantries.

Yes, the considerate thing to do is to move out of the way before you have your conversation, but if it's a small place with few people, they aren't used to having people backed up behind them so they don't think about it when they say "saw your kid's ballgame last night, he did really well" before you move on.

Some people cannot adapt to that kind of mindset, and it can be monumentally infuriating, but personally, I am never that rushed I can't wait a minute or 2 before dumping my garbage
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Yeah, they do that on Scrub Day here in Des Moines. We have one day each month that we can dump larger items and brush for free and people will recognize friends and stand around the dumpsters chatting. Then they get mad when the site supervisor moves them on.

It even says in the rules that there's a time limit for unloading (15 minutes, I think).

If I saw a friend I really wanted to chat with, I would say, "Let's get unloaded and go grab coffee at the HyVee cafe for a few minutes" which is just down the road.

But I try to be patient, especially if the people are elderly.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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It is a different mindset. I was just telling someone that we have some of the most courteous drivers in the PNW. But, the trade-off is that you can't ever be in a hurry.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I'm from New England as well, if you consider Vermont a part of New England. The local radio station had and still has a broadcast for Saturday called "Music to go to the dump by." Chatting and dump picking was fine in the 1950s. You had to go some other day if you wanted to plink rats (which was supposedly not allowed, but a needed recreation since those babies got fat and sassy).
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Wow - you have actual dumpsters at your dump? Our dump has a pit and a burn chamber for household trash, and about 2 acres of open field for large items (salvage, recycle, compost).

But yeah, folks hang out at the Trading Post, and that means they sometimes block the pump (singular). They hang out at the well, and that means they sometimes block the pump (most chat while their tanks are actually filling though). They randomly stop right on the road to chat... it's a small village
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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A little off topic, but we were at Boatnik (boat races). We were watching the drag boats on the river and they stopped the race and waited for a couple geese to cross the river. Nobody cared.
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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A little off topic, but we were at Boatnik (boat races). We were watching the drag boats on the river and they stopped the race and waited for a couple geese to cross the river. Nobody cared.
That's actually pretty cool! I need to find more places like that and unwind. I know we have places like that in Iowa.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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That's actually pretty cool! I need to find more places like that and unwind. I know we have places like that in Iowa.
I thinks so, too.
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