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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fort Thomas Trash Pickers & Craigslist Gold

Tonight I watched a team of 3 men descend upon my neighbor's trash pile.  Three prospectors panning for gold on the curb.  They plucked a table, what must certainly be a broken grill, and any number of other things.

Who needs Freecycle when you have the legacy that is the night before Fort Thomas trash pickup.  You have probably seen them in their pickups stalking the streets of Fort Thomas with the Rumpke pickup schedule as their map to long lost treasures.

Here's to you Fort Thomas residents - your trash is another man's treasure!


  1. I don't like it. I was out jogging last night and it made me feel unsafe and uncomfortable as I ran passed a man elbows deep in the trash can. Fort Thomas is a beautiful city. The last thing I want to see are a bunch of people going through trash cans.

  2. In Bellevue they need a license to pick trash (scrappers they call them) and they cannot do it after dark. If they do then citizens are advised to get a tag #, make, and model of the vehicle and call Campbell County dispatch.

  3. I hate it as well. I don't like strange men in my front yard digging through the trash. It is down right creepy. Sometimes Vernon Lane has a line of pick-ups waiting their turn. Very strange.

    Ft. Thomas does require a permit but that is really nothing. The trash pickers do not need to display it.

    I am lucky because I have 2 big dogs that have their own special trash. No one in their right mind wants that treasure!


  4. I don't mind someone taking what others leave out for the trash. I have to admit I've plucked a few items myself. My only problem with it is that on more than one occasion, I, my kids, or my neighbors have left something out a little too close to the curb that was not intended for trash and the "prospectors" have taken it. Collectively we've lost lawn mowers, wagons, and other various toys. The lawn mowers, by the way, were out in the early morning(to be repaired) not overnight. Sometimes one man's trash isn't really trash.

  5. Great information. Sounds like we may have some code but potentially it does not require the pickers to display.

    While I didn't feel threatened by those combing through my neighbors trash it was loud enough to get me up to the window to see what the ruckus was at 10:30 at much for those noise ordinances.

  6. Whats the difference from them picking it up and a Rumpke employee digging through it?

  7. This is completely random for this thread, however, Darrin can you get some info on the Target going up? You kept me posted pretty regularly on the new Kroger. I live just up the hill off of Newman and I saw that Target has a wall up...any news?

  8. Yeah, I totally agree with a lot of my other Fort Thomas residents above. How dare these poor and needy people come into our perfect community!!! Don't they know all the sacrifices we've made to move away from these types of low lifes! They should respect us by staying in their community and not intruding on ours!

    Oh wait a second, I forgot that I call myself a Christian and there was that thing that Jesus said... but we don't actually need to believe that, right?

    Mattthew 25:34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

    37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

    40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

    41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

    44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

    45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

    46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

  9. The bottom line: These "pickers" make sure it takes a little longer to get some of our already too full garbage cans to the landfill. Many times they are taking metal items to recycling sites to make a little extra cash. Saves me a trip. Also helps out the Rumpke employees. Frankly, none of us would ever do what they do every week.

    I am a little surprised at the fear some Ft Thomas residents are expressing. The "pickers" always seem purposeful and not at all creepy, maybe just a little grimier. I live on a busy street. The "pickers" don't speed because they might miss something. They don't leave a mess, they take some of mine.

    I am more fearful of the kids driving too fast and annoyed at the garbage they leave up and down the streets all over town. Now THAT really trashes our town.

  10. To the most recent response, THANK YOU! People need to worry more about the trash people leave/throw on sides of the street! We too live on main street and have had scrappers take things from our trash. And I agree, NO ONE wants to do what Rumpke drivers do.. especially in this awful heat and humidity. Kudos to them..

  11. When did Jesus become a trash picker??

    1. when did you become ignorant?

  12. The speeding is a way bigger issue- I live close grand in the windy areas and you can sit in my yard on any day and hear squealing tires ALL DAY LONG. Can't believe nobody's been hit. A while back someone jumped the curb and bounced off my neighbor's retaining wall like he was in a Nascar race.

  13. I agree that the "pickers" we are referring to are the ONLY people who don't speed up the hill on Burnet Ridge! They slow down and are very good at not leaving a mess. I will take them any day over the people who reguarly speed to and from Lester Lane and the ones who come from other parts of Ft. Thomas to dump their crap at the bottom of our hill instead of taking it to a dump outside the city! The Pickers are welcome any day!

  14. I doubt that the scrappers are all poor and needy. The same thing happens all over the Tri-State, and they are getting pretty nervy- walking into yards, stealing anything that they might be able to scrap for money.

  15. There was a time, not that long ago, when every home had a work bench and people repaired broken appliances, furniture and toys, etc. People were thrifty, resourceful and able to see beyond ad campaigns touting needless frills and “this year’s model.”

    These days, if something malfunctions we junk it and buy a new item. Part of the cause is planned obsolescence and those intimidating stickers reading “No user serviceable parts inside.” And part of it is plain laziness on the part of most Americans.

    I’ve spoken with the gleaners who visit our street on trash night and they strike me as regular people trying to keep food on the table and buy clothes for their kids.

    Sure, some things they pick up for scrap value. But many things get repaired, or are sold as-is to those who will repair and resell them. Vacuum cleaners, fans, VCRs, furniture, BBQ grills, household appliances and the like, all see a second life.

    When I have something I cannot repair or do not wish to keep, I put it out to the side of my recycle bins and regular garbage. It makes it easier to spot and pick up.

    In these times when we can so clearly see the impact of lost wages, limited resources and burgeoning landfills, it makes sense that things are reused or repurposed.

  16. I for one appreciate that I can rely on someone picking up items that I discard. I've never had any problems related to it. Surely we've got more pressing issues to worry about in Fort Thomas!

  17. I only recently discovered this site and happened to stumble across this thread today. I would like to say that the junkers are mostly good people. I have met several as I service apt buildings here, including the one live in. So let me tell you about a couple that I met.
    There is a couple with a little girl who collect junk here two or three days a week, the rest of the time they spend working their farm. There is also a guy who junks because his wife passed a couple years ago due to cancer and he has to make money to pay the medical bills that wiped out his savings. I actually have these peoples phone numbers and call them whenever I have a major cleaning project, or a large piece of junk to get rid of, they will usually come any day of the week that I call them as long as it is large enough to justify their time. The one guy will even take cars. I think it helps the city to have these people come around and I see no reason to fear any of them as most of them, though grubby form the work they do, are quite pleasant and friendly to talk to. Maybe next time someone feels "uncomfortable " around them? just try saying hello.

  18. Reallywe are still human beings don't get your panties in a bunch I live in ft Thomas too and it doesn't matter what you do to pay your bill's if your throwing it away what's the problem you don't own public places grow up quit you are no better so don't turn your nose up for someone less fortunate doing whatever to live

  19. My problem with the people going thru my garbage is this... Yes they pull out mostly junk however... Just last night a man opened our trash bag and was going thru the papers then i watched him pull out our discarded prescription bottles. Which my husband is on pain meds for his replecement shoulder surgery. You dont know what these people are pulling out of your trash ...... We had to call the pharmacy and tell them what happened and let them know not to refill amything that i did not come in for myself luckily they know me by name. My elderly neighbor doesnt u derstand why she cant throw away her bills etc... And i have seen them do the same thing to her. I am fed up with it i have to get up at 5 am and watch for rumke to start their rounds and then put my trash cans out

  20. Not everyone that junks is out to steal your prescriptions or to do anything illegal, period. I work 60+ hours a week, and junk to make extra money so that five years from now my family will be comfortable and I won't have to worry about being judged for working to make my families life better. When I junk, my fiance and I NEVER leave a mess, nor do we rifle through your garbage bags. I understand where your coming from, but please take into consideration that not everyone you see driving down the street junking is a criminal.

  21. People who pull usable items from the trash save it from going to a landfill. It's the ultimate recycling. There isn't unlimited space for refuse and if this helps to keep us from drowning in our own garbage I'm all for it.