Trash Pickers Are Angering Homeowners In Flood-Ravaged Center Line
|By Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
A trash picker argued with police and neighbors about water-damaged items that had been left on the curb following Monday's historic flood.
The homeowners had bagged the items like common trash, waiting for a garbage man's embrace.
The trash picker, a woman in a sport-utility vehicle bearing what appeared to be an
"It's our misfortune. This is our life," Scott said. "It's not right. What if this was their (life)?"
Scott described the woman with the
"They can make a couple of bucks off that," Scott scoffed.
Center Line Public Safety Director
"It's part of their lives, so it's ruined because of the flood," Myszenski said of the personal belongings. "And now (pickers are) making a mess."
"I'm just taking metal, not taking anything but metal," Holstine said, noting that he does not take mattresses or furniture. "(I) do this all the time."
Holstine, who said he had just returned from selling an earlier load of scrap, is a retired Chrysler worker and picks for extra money and to keep busy. He's not concerned about potential health issues, but does keep a pair of gloves in his vehicle -- just in case.
"I don't have a problem with it. I think it's good for recycling," Pounder said.
Pounder acknowledged there could be health issues for people buying flood-damaged items, "but it's an issue we can't control once they take possession of them."
"Why not?" Wilson said. "It gives the city less to clear up."
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