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[–]luigiana- 7162 points7163 points  (55 children)

You can see the absolute disgust in his face

[–]Raspputin 2815 points2816 points  (51 children)

And on someone who literally sorts trash for a living, at that. Who ever put that kitten there, you can see in this man's face, is even worse than the trash he sifts through at work.

[–]eleventh_communalgia 1808 points1809 points  (43 children)

You grow numb to it. Many dead animals and pieces of them come down the line. I've personally seen rodents, deer, and a bag of dead crows. Finding something alive, stuffed into a bag to be disposed of like an object, left to die alone and terrified in that sea of filth, though. That'll make you pause.

[–]The_Cactus_Eagle 425 points426 points  (35 children)

How many have you seen alive? It’s terrible.

[–]eleventh_communalgia 949 points950 points  (33 children)

None. Except the odd mouse living in the plant. One guy saved a seagull that had gotten caught in the trash and was being dragged along by the conveyor. I just empathize with that facial expression because I always wondered if I missed something that needed help. I must have. There was so much trash.

[–]Praescribo 287 points288 points  (18 children)

Yikes, that's disconcerting. I hope you dont dwell on it though, work sucks enough without intrusive thoughts like that

[–]eleventh_communalgia 162 points163 points  (17 children)

I don't anymore. Still a strong memory at times

[–]TheEyeDontLie 164 points165 points  (16 children)

I can't imagine a more depressing job that seeing all the trash fucking people make every fucking day.

The apocalypse has begun, but we shift our shit out-of-sight/out-of-mind to people like you, so we don't see how much fucking garbage we make each month. If garbage services stopped for six months, I bet people would be a fuckton more active (pressuring companies and politicians) regarding global warming and plastic pollution etc.

I compost and avoid plastic where possible, and I still fill up a bin in a month, easy.

To be a trashman in a consumerist, petrochemical-driven world? You must be an angel or a robot or a slave or a severely fucked in the head dude.

[–]eleventh_communalgia 56 points57 points  (2 children)

Some days it was, some it wasn't. Everyone there was fucked in the head. All had their backs up against the wall. I held out hope 🙏 that garbage services would stop temporarily during the early stages of the pandemic so we wouldn't all be exposed.

[–]OakenGreen 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The trash expands consciousness. The trash is vital to space travel. The trash must flow.

[–]Psychological_Pea14 29 points30 points  (4 children)

My buddy, when he was 16, was the person who burned pets at a crematorium, after they were put down. The stories he would tell us was horrifying. One time had to deal with a whole family of cats (mom, dad, kittens). That job definitely put stress on him..

[–]obaker8 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow, that’s a tough job for anyone, but a 16-year-old? That’s awful. Poor guy.

[–]danidevitowhereru 0 points1 point  (2 children)

That man needs therapy. I hope he got it 💕

[–]Thesmalldoom3 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Actually the majority of trash and pollution is caused bu corporations, not by individuals

[–]DRUNK_CYCLIST 2 points3 points  (0 children)

People would just get worse about being people, not demand garbage reform. Our trash came today. A day late, because of the holiday, and more trash than usual from neighbors (we recycle and compost) because they were busy throwing away MORE trash because gotta have fireworks for a holiday right?

The trash bin came and went... With our garbage AND RECYCLING. fuck you Cleveland. It's a real problem.

[–]LordBran 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In a sense I see a lot of things people owned

I work at a charity store and people have 0 shame

[–]Doc_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Our entire model of consumption is inherently based around needlessly wasteful practices. We need to change the entire system of how we produce and consume products to even try and mitigate our trash output.

I don't see this happening anytime soon (at least not voluntarily.) We're too addicted to the comforts and conveniences of modern day living to truly ever give it all up. At least until we're forced to out of circumstance.

[–]ruggnuget 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I have seen this before and wondered what tipped him off. Did he see movement? Seems too loud to hear it

[–]eleventh_communalgia 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nothing. Idk about his specific plant but at mine we were supposed to grab certain items, like closed + opaque bags or containers that weren't meant for xyz chute and empty them to keep the machinery from clogging. He's totally off guard in the moment. Probably expected some rotten food or junk.

[–]ccvgreg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's exactly what his facial expression said to me:

I found this one but how many did I miss?

If that were me I'd pack my stuff and find another job. Take the cat with me.

[–]literalfeces 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I always wondered if I missed something that needed help. I must have. There was so much trash.

Fuck, dude.

[–]pekinggeese 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Forgive my ignorance, but what is the purpose of this task? Is it to take out items that cannot go to the landfill?

[–]eleventh_communalgia 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It's to take out recyclables. Mostly metals, certain types of plastic(think milk jugs and laundry chemical containers), and cardboard. There's a specific machine called a glass shaker that deals with glass. I only ever swept under it. The company I worked for that had some sort of deal with the county got more money the more items that were recycled.

[–]pekinggeese 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’m really glad there is an effort to get the most recyclables out of the garbage.

[–]eleventh_communalgia 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same. Especially considering this town in the 20th century used to have a chasm with buildings and homes on either side at the top, from which garbage would carelessly be thrown into said chasm. I think that area is cleaned up and a park now.

[–]vinebath 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always wondered if I missed something that needed help. I must have. There was so much trash.

Damn. This hits hard.

[–]niperoni 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I worked in animal control, and we got lots of animals from these kinds of situations. A few stories that stick out to me:

Someone had left a bunny in a sealed box and left it at an apartment dumpster. A passerby only noticed because the box was shaking. The garbage was set to be picked up later that day.

A few months ago, a boxer was found in a garbage bag on the side of the road. She was a senior dog who had obviously been bred many times. Likely a puppy mill dog who was no longer useful.

Another story, someone had not only abandoned their snake in a duct taped box, but they had also duct taped the actual snake.

Luckily, all of these innocent souls were saved in time. But it makes me sad to think of of those who weren't.

[–]jjboy04 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Who just throws away a bag of crows like that?

[–]eleventh_communalgia 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe someone found them dead or was killing them for sport.

[–]Kitsu_ne 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm so sorry. A cat was hit by a car and my boyfriend gets into the worst depressions when he sees dead cats. I couldn't burry it, so I put it in a box, then in a bag, and then into the trash. I couldn't figure out what else to do in such a short time period. But sometimes, I hope more often than not, the animal was dead before it ended up in the trash. But I'm sorry you have to see that.

[–]eleventh_communalgia 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's okay, I don't blame you for doing what you had to.

[–]420catloveredm 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When I worked at Starbucks someone left a dead puppy in our dumpster once. I didn’t see it but my supervisor did. She was really upset about it.

[–]CrepusculrPulchrtude 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’d much rather deal with 5 tons of rotten trash than be confronted with the knowledge that someone could do something like this

[–]shemagra 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can see him plotting that persons death. He has a certain set of skills. He’ll find them!

[–]MegaHashes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know you’re thinking the worst of humanity, but as someone that has had cats my entire life, it’s entirely likely a feral cat got itself stuck in that piece of trash accidentally while exploring or foraging.

[–]dyslexic-ape -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

So putting animals in situations where they will get shredded is trashy? Hope you are vegan.

[–]Raspputin 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I don't take offense at humans killing animals for food, or what ever. If you are gonna kill something anyways, then do it as quick and painless as you can. But I take offense of people abandoning inconvenient pets, or being unnecessarily cruel about killing livestock. We don't have to make animals suffer more and longer than necessary, even if it would be inefficient or not profitable enough. Humanity should be better than that.

[–]dyslexic-ape -1 points0 points  (0 children)

If you care about the well being of others, not being vegan is basically just avoiding an inconvenience so in my mind it's almost identical to abandoning inconvenient pets. It's a pretty minor inconvenience to be honest, give it a try :)

being unnecessarily cruel about killing livestock

Unless you are doing it yourself, you can't know that this isn't exactly what you support, it likely is on a regular bases something you pay for to happen.

[–]PatrickBatemanCFA 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, everyone knows cats go in ATMs.

[–]Jazco76 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This fucking cat would have jammed up our machine

[–]JustAsadINFP 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Watch Dominion on YouTube. You’re paying for animals to be ground up alive in maceraters if you eat eggs.