UK closing Obasan Gap

“Now it’s the citizen snoopers: Councils recruit unpaid volunteers to spy on their neighbours”

I can’t tell you the stress it puts on me every second Tuesday having my recycling silently judged by local volunteers at the recycling drop-off point. One time I even got into a Kafkaesque argument over whether aluminium cans should be pre-crushed or not. If that woman had had the authority to call the cops on me for showing up with a bag full of uncrushed cans, she would have done it in a second.

Matt
August 30, 2008

3 Responses

  1. Justin Bacon Says:

    My girlfriend got yelled once at because crows were picking through the trash at our building (not even ours, she just happened to be putting it out at the time). Which would be unfair and misdirected if not for the fact that she is a witch and they were her familiars, so I guess she had it coming.

  2. DB Says:

    Man, if they could actually package and SELL Japanese passive-aggressive trash sniping it would make the bubble era look like some kind of little tiny bubble like in a soda or something.

  3. Jerome Blazings Says:

    oh the woes. I once received a “claim” from our local busybody about burnable trash being mixed with my nonburnables. I was out at the time and consequently my landlords sorted through my trash bag. Needless to say it was a real mess on many levels.
    I would think there would be more concern about burning something that shouldn’t, than not burning something that could (and would decompose anyway) – but obviously that’s not the point here.