Sunday, August 23, 2009

Dinner for 1 at the car wash

Friday night after work I decided to go by the car wash and give my car a good once over. It's been a long, long time since I've washed or vacuumed it and frankly, it was filthy inside and out! I love using those clean up wipes for all the interior surfaces and knobs and dials. It's crazy how fast a car gets dirty!

Now I don't know about you but I can sometimes be surprised what ends up in the floorboard of the back seat. Partial drinks migrate back there along with junk mail and papers of all sorts. I've even found gloves buried under there, if that gives you some indication as to how long in between cleaning it all out I get around to.

So the first thing to do is clear out all the trash in preparation for the industrial vacuum which will suck in anything that will fit through it's nozzle in a 2 foot radius. That's $.75 and 2 minutes well spent!

Suddenly I'm aware of a man at the trashcan near my car. And he's rooting around in there. You know, not just walk up and toss...but pulling things out! Ok, searching for 'treasures' of some sort like usable clothing that has been tossed, I get that. These are hard times we're having! No, no...he proceeded to pull out a partially empty Gaterade bottle and opened that puppy up and took a big ol' drink off it like it was fresh from the store! Who the heck knows who had their lips on it before him or even how old it was!!

Now, you might think that was pretty gross but I have to be honest with you when I say, this was NOT the first time I've seen this happen-at this car wash even. I had been there another time and a man was 'dumpster diving' and drank a Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink! Now *THAT* is sick!! Bleh, seriously, I may have just thrown up a little in my mouth at the memory of seeing it.

Dear Lord,

Please let this have been the same man. Surely there aren't 2 people doing this in the world?!

I pretty much figured no one would believe me so I grabbed for my camera. By the time I got it out, he had moved on to the next couple of trashcans where he scored a motherload of various breads. As you can see here, he is lining them up on top of the trash can (of course) and bagging them up to enjoy later.

He then walks off enjoying what appears to be a *scrumptious* bagel, carrying his prized bag of loot. Dinner for 1, car wash style!


Karin said...

Poor man. As a senior, I'd think he should have some community resources to turn to.

BeccaGirl said...

Yeah, I don't know his story at all...unsure if he has any help or where he lives. I don't know if he has what he needs and perhaps enjoys the thrill of the hunt? I couldn't imagine it but I really don't know at all.

Roxanne said...

Oh Lord. I can't imagine someone in my family doing like that.. Poor grandpa, someone should be taking care of him.