*You know how on any given day you put the trash cans outside with the expectation that the garbage truck is gonna come to empty each can? You set out the big blue can with the recyclables; the green one with the old leaves and grass, and the black one for the household garbage.
I hate to admit I’ve spent time like this, but at times I have gotten a real kick out of watching the arm of that big garbage truck reach down and grab those cans; then lift each one up high and ‘dip the saucer’ so-to-speak, and let all that garbage just fall…right into the sharp teeth of the trash compacter before it repeats the process.
I’ll bet it never dawned on you that someone might be asleep inside that trash compacter.
I know…that’s a visual you can do without, so I’ll spare you. But police have confirmed that a 44-year-old homeless man actually SURVIVED after going through two compaction cycles…without any serious injuries.
According to what Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said on Tuesday, the man, who as it turns out has a mental illness, was sleeping inside a large trash bin behind a restaurant when a garbage truck came to collect it and used the compactor.
Bosques told The Oakland Tribune the truck then traveled to a fast food restaurant, collected trash from another bin there and used the compactor once more.
She stated the man crawled out through an opening in the roof after the truck made a third stop.
I am in total agreement with Bosques, who says the man, who was taken to a hospital to be checked out, was very lucky to have survived the compaction without serious injuries.
Let this be a warning to compassionate trash truck drivers: Before you push the button, holla! to see if anyone might be in there!