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Am I just crazy?

Yesterday, I saw that those guys that would rummage through our recycling and take all the cans were back. I didn’t yell at them as I did last time I saw them (a couple years ago), because at the time I was mostly pissed they making a ruckus going though our recycling at 5am on a Sunday or Monday morning. That’s when I blew off the handle and they met with a very pissed off Mir in her pajamas. Apparently they’ve been coming back while no one’s around really and when I saw them, as I was coming out of the laundry room...I was pissed.
It infuriates me that these people go through our recycling and take all the cans. Now that the noise isn’t an issue, there’s still the mess they leave behind. They just thow shit on the ground, put their cans in their bags and don’t bother to put the boxes and plastic shit back This explains why the parking area is so disgusting all the time, and the alley by our door, too. It’s trashy and I hate it. I guess, the main thing that makes me so angry is  really not a practical issue at all. It’s more that for some reason I feel intensely violated. I mean I take care of personal sensitive information before I toss it but that’s not even all of it. It just...I don’t know I’ve always been territorial but apparently even more so than I thought. Am I wrong? Is this completely irrational, or would other people be furious too?
I was furious, but some liberal guilt kept me from screaming at the guy because I figured times are getting tough, I might be seeing more of this kind of thing in the future. Besides, last time I screamed at them they didn’t speak English anyway, they just got the hint at the sight of the angry, hungover, white chick at five o’clock on a Sunday morning blowing her lid. Is this something that shoud piss me off, or is this just a part of livin' in the city that I should get used to, much like getting used to walking around puke on my way to work every morning or ignoring certian panhandlers?



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Feb. 4th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Would it be possible to talk to your neighbors or post signs or something asking people to start sorting out their cans from the rest of the recycling so these guys can just come pick it up? It's a hassle and maybe people won't be responsive to it, but if these guys are gonna rifle through and make a mess ANYWAY, if there's some way to just prevent a mess from being made at all, maybe it's a good idea.
Feb. 4th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
That is an idea worth a try, though I'm not sure how easy it would be to get everybody in my building on board. Raye and I are only on friendly terms with about half of our neighbors, the others we don't really have contact with (or don't like). Though we could get our other neighbors to tell the others too. Our apartment has the most invetested in it since we're next to the recycling but other people gotta walk past that to get to their cars.

...I mean, I guess I could also take a more active effort in cleaning it up when I see it. But...
Feb. 5th, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)
there is nothing you can do sans moving the cans to a more public view type space. your cans are hidden enough for them to sit there for as long as they need. they were doing it when i lived there. probably not the same guys but some random hobos. jo and i think i might have thrown paint balls at them when i lived there
Feb. 5th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Awww so this has been going on for a real long time, then, huh. Not much to be done. Paint balls would be fun, or even just throwing water balloons at them from my bedroom window. Kinda an awkward angle but it would be pretty funny.
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
To bad you don't have a cat. Then you could just dump cat box nastoids over the top of everything. If they still dig through your stuff then they deserve what they get.

Is there a way to lock the cans up somehow?
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