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Thursday, February 11, 2010

City Streetcleaner Getting Tired of Picking Up Your Old Computers

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge A few of Willie the streetcleaner's least favorite things: Computer monitors and TVs clutter the back of his truck. But, fortunately, no "human waste" today. Not yet, at least.
  • A few of Willie the streetcleaner's least favorite things: Computer monitors and TVs clutter the back of his truck. But, fortunately, no "human waste" today. Not yet, at least.
Since the city would rather you'd ask a person wearing a tie and slacks to the office what items are commonly hauled off the streets than talk to the man hauling items off the streets, we'll just call him Willie. And Willie was not pleased.

The Department of Public Works streetcleaner was shoveling a mound of waterlogged Examiners into the back of his truck, which fell among larger items he'd physically lifted and tossed in beforehand. Willie confirmed that today's haul was very typical -- soaked TVs and drenched desktop computers are typical fare for those picking up San Francisco's streets.

"It's seasonal man," he noted. "After Halloween, you find a lot of pumpkins. After Christmas, it's trees. So, it's largely seasonal."

It's always the season for Willie's least favorite items to pick up, unfortunately: "Human waste" and "needles."

When asked if he had any messages for the people of San Francisco, Willie laughed. "Yeah," he said. "Please clean up your own mess."

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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