The scrap metal bandits recently crossed a line with me, personally, by taking a tin downspout off my garage. Just because it’s facing the alley, doesn’t mean it’s up for grabs. With all the rain lately, I wound up with a lot of water in my garage as a result. It’s hard for me to come down too hard on these folks, because my wife has a serious hobby/business rehabbing old furniture, much of which is left sitting by the supercans in Richmond’s alleys. So, I’m not suggesting anyone call 911 anytime someone is seen picking through alley trash. But, things are getting kind of out of hand.
I’m sure there are multiple scrap metal scavengers scouring the neighborhood, but one of them stopped the other day when I was letting my kids run in a friend’s yard in Lakeview. She (it was a couple driving a pick-up) wanted to know if I was using that stroller sitting there on the sidewalk (not the alley, mind you) and if not, could she just throw it on the back of the truck… I gave her my best “Are you f—ing crazy” face and she got back in the truck.
Does anybody else have any stories like these, or better yet, solutions?