51. Trash Truck Misses Pick-up
Every Monday night, Felix checked the big blue
in the carport behind his apartment building. If
container was at least a third full, he
take it out to the street for pick-up.
night, it was two-thirds full. He rolled it
into the street.
The next day, he checked
container. It was still almost full of recyclables.
was odd, because all the other blue containers
the street were empty. He could tell because
couple of lids were open. He walked across
street to double-check. Hmm, he wondered. Then he
up his side of the street. There were
blue containers standing there. He walked about 120
up the street and lifted each lid. Both
were empty. How could the truck have missed
He went upstairs to his apartment and
city hall. They connected him to the public
department. Susan said she would call Acme Trash
let them know about the missed container. On
, Felix checked the container again. It was still
. But, the big green dumpster in the carport
missing. Apparently, the message that Susan sent to
Trash had been misunderstood. Acme picked up the
green dumpster, which had already been emptied on
, instead of the blue container.
Felix left a
on Susan’s answer machine, saying to forget it.
he went downstairs and pulled the almost full
back into its space in the carport. Let
sit there till next Tuesday, he told himself.
he left another message, he was worried that
building would accidentally get dropped permanently off Acme’s