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Friday, November 11, 2005

Fridge Bombers

One particularly offensive thing that has been going on here since Katrina is the use of discarded refrigerators as WMD's That's short for Weapons of Mass Distinktion. Most people, after returning to their previously flooded homes have not bothered to empty the horribly rotten and extremely smelly food from the fridge, stuff that was sealed inside of a hot, closed box for weeks on end. You can't imagine the stench, trust me on that. They just wrap some duct tape around the damn things and roll them out to the curb to be picked up by special crews that come around every 2 or 3 weeks. They are then taken to a special dump where the EPA is recycling the Freon refrigerant out of them for reuse, Freon is listed as a pollutant that can damage the ozone layer. It's become an overwhelming task, the number of fridges expected to be dumped number in the 100's of thousands!


Apparently, quite a few people don't want their stink bomb sitting out in front of their own home so they've taken to sneaking out at night and dumping them in front of other people's homes, and businesses, especially if there is already a fridge out front. If you put your fridge out front you may end up with 2 or 3 or more, like it's an open invitation to dump! And not just there either, they've also been showing up dumped at dead end streets and worst of all the local parks!

I was reading about one incident where a dumper was spotted late at night rolling his fridge down the sidewalk and left it in front of another family's home and the person that spotted him ratted him out to the home owner. They got together and brought the man's fridge back the following night and then the whole thing snowballed with more neighbors getting in on dumping their fridge at the original offenders house. Eventually the police was called to stop the fridge wars escalation, I don't think anyone was charged but it was a lot of fun to read about!

Some people have nerve don't they? What would you do if you saw someone drive off after dumping a fridge in front of your house? hehe