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Garbage pickers a weekly issue in Avondale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Neighbors in Avondale say, like clockwork, garbage diggers show up every week before the garbage gets picked up.

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king kaos - 7/16/2013 11:06 AM
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We had an unfortunate incident in our neighborhood this week when a garbage pciker got all excited about a large pile of crap from a family moving, was staring at it while still driving and hit and killed my neighbors dog. The neighbor was talking to the people who were moving out(they lived across the street from one another) and he had his family with him(wife and son) who could have just as easily got hit by this idiot. So fine, if you want to come and pick through dirty diapers thats fine, just pick it up, but when you are in a neighborhood PAY ATTENTION. Theres kids, dogs, walkers, bikers and everything else all over the place... a metal gas can or old moldy couch isnt going to get up and run away, stop and check it out or move on, dont stare at it longingly like you are seeing the love of your life for the first time! WTF is wrong wtih some people???

RiversideMom - 7/16/2013 12:19 AM
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I'd rather something get a new chance at life vs contributing to the landfill. I also look at it to be a service. When we are ready to get rid of furniture or whatever, we just haul it to the curb and it disappears within hours. The person who gathers it has the onus of selling it so I think they are earning the value of what they pick.

ActionJacks - 7/15/2013 8:37 PM
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It's usually not that big of a deal. I've lived in Riverside/Avondale for 10 years and am just used to the pickers. Generally, I feel they provide a service. So much so, that if I throw out something I feel is of use, I'll keep it separate from my normal trash. I've never had anyone actually go through my trash cans, or open trash bags. Usually they want recyclable metals, appliances, furniture, etc. Not garbage. And if you're concerned about identity theft (i.e. throwing out bills, etc.), then you should simply be more conscientious of where you're putting those sort of items or pick up a cheap shredder and use it. All of that said, I would certainly feel otherwise if I had people actually trespassing such as in the video. But if it's on the curb, and the pickers aren't making a mess, it's fair game as far as I'm concerned.

Gunny48 - 7/15/2013 6:21 PM
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Probably with NSA....

whosaysnocan - 7/15/2013 6:07 PM
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Before our area received the huge garbage/recycle bins, I found that when I put the blue recycle bin out, the cans removed and the paper was on the ground. I watched one morning caught some guy and came blazing out of the door hollering at him. Freaked him out, dropped the cans, jumped in his truck and was gone. We stopped recycling at that point. We started again when the huge bins were started. It would take a lot to dig through it. I have observed some that cruise the street in search of whatever they can salvage. But again the huge bins make it close to impossible.
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