On my street, Wednesday is trash day.
Since it is often windy, here in Texas, it's not unusual for other
people's trash can to blow into my yard.
If they are still in my yard on Monday I keep them. NO, they don't
have street numbers painted on them.
Whenever I have purchased (or had issued to me by my local
government) a trash can I have taken two spray paint cans
with contrasting colors, and marked the can up, all over, in
a pretty distinctive manner. If it does blow away I can
identify it visually several hundred feet away. None of
them have ever gone missing, but if one did, and I suspected
theft, I'd just drive around my neighborhood on trash day
looking for it.
Of course if the thief lives more than a couple of miles
away I probably won't find it for a few weeks, if ever.
Where I live, the private garbage hauler contracted by the township
issues everybody their very own garbage cans. So nobody has to
steal one because they get theirs free from the garbage hauler.
The truck can pick up the can itself, thus saving the hauler
Unless you have a badge and a warrant, the only answer you are likely to
get is 'kiss my ass', punctuated by the door hitting you in the face.
<I> certainly wouldn't show receipts to some random soul on my doorstep.
If they think I have something of theirs, call a cop.
Now having said that, if one blew into my yard, I may knock on a few
nearby doors and ask if they are missing one, or stake it down in my
front yard with a 'found' sign on it....
Thankfully, I live in a neighborhood where stuff seldom grows legs. I
have a day job, so waiting for the trash truck and meeting them is not
an option. They can show up anytime from 0600 to about 1400, depending
on how many times they have to go empty the packer truck that week. I
push it out when I get home from work on Thursday, and when I get home
Friday, I check to make sure it got emptied, and pull it back up the
hill to the notch in the bush beside the garage door where it lives.
Yup. Same here, except they pickup between 5:30-6am on Monday morning. Yeah,
right, I'm going to get up and meet them on a road where I can't even see my
neighbors' houses if there are leaves on the trees. Let someone steal the
giant trash can. Who cares? It belongs to the garbage hauler anyway.
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