Trash and the Transient Troubles
SoHum’s troubled by transients and homeless folk. Two weeks ago, the community held a meeting to discuss the problem. (Audio available here on KMUD.) I hear there is another meeting this Friday though I don’t know the specifics.
The photo above was sent to me along with the following story to illustrate the problem. (The person who sent this wants to be anonymous.)
I watched as the very dirty man picked up the big bag of collected garbage wrapped in a section of tent screen. He walked with the load to the center of the Bear Canyon bridge and tossed the garbage over the edge into the canyon and stream bed far below.
When I asked him about it, I was given a fear inducing glare from the man, who fixed his eyes on me as he went to the side of the road and picked up a large stick with barbs on it. It resembled a mace from the middle ages. He never spoke at all. He then picked up the remaining bag of garbage from the roadside and walked with it to a spot overlooking the highway. He returned without the bag, without the mace, and walked on into Garberville.
Out of curiosity, can anyone explain why he would go the extra step to throw it off the bridge. Why not just leave it alongside the road to be picked up?