Am I wrong to feel this way?
Normally nobody is at home at our house from, oh, 7:30 until after 5 p.m. Today I got sent home mid-morning due to a plumbing/flooding problem.
It’s trash pickup day. At the foot of the drive way was our bin of recyclables, our trash can, and THREE MORE trash cans. Huh?
These were big, square green plastic bins w/wheels. Definitely not ours. I looked into them, and they seemed to contain demolition debris type stuff. Looking around, I saw there were similar bins at the houses on both sides of me and the three houses across the street where I could see the foot of their driveways. (Snow heaps, you know.) Three at each of these houses.
So I went to the neighbor who’s an elderly woman living alone, because I know she spends hours staring out her windows. She told me that this has been going on for weeks, well over a month. A pickup truck comes down the street, puts three cans at a bunch of households, and then some time after noon they come back and pick up the empty bins. I asked her if they’d ever asked her permission to leave the bins at her house. No. And she hadn’t ever confronted them about it because, well, she’s a frail woman in her 70s, so I wouldn’t expect her to.
While we were talking the garbage truck came down the street, and they picked up the trash from my house, apparently not finding it unusual.
So… I went home, put our empty containers PLUS the strange ones into our garage. And locked the door. I will give them back their containers, but they damn well are going to have to come to the door and ASK me for them so I can give them a piece of my mind.
I happened to know of a house that’s being renovated just around the corner from our street. That street is a busy highway, so maybe they’re are just doing this because of traffic/space. Or maybe they are dodging the limits on how much trash one household can have picked up ‘free.’ I don’t know what the rules are.
Anyway. I am surprised at how outraged I feel over this. How DARE they put their crap in MY yard???
OTOH, in truth, I cannot see that they have harmed me in any way. Let’s face it, it’s been going on for weeks and I never even noticed it.
So. What do you think? Am I being irrational? Should I just turn a blind eye? Or give them permission to carry on? Or threaten if they ever do it again (I can call my stay-at-home neighbor for a report) I will call the, um, police? Trash company? Public works? Dunno.