Left: unidentified entrepreneur raiding the county recycling bins; photo by historymike
(Toledo, OH) I originally thought I would post a short missive on the importance of recycling; I planned to take a few photos of Lucas County recycling bins at the Secor/Monroe Kroger location.
A rustling in one of the dumpsters, however, confirmed that the West Toledo Recyclable Bandit was hard at work.
I have seen him in and around the bins several times; I am not sure if he is collecting metal containers for scrap metal, or if he is driving across the border into Michigan to redeem containers for the $.05 and $.10 deposit (Ohio is not a deposit state).
Left: A sampling of the income potential in county bins
As a person who generally adheres to the principle of "live and let live," it does not cause me much chagrin to see this man gleaning a few dollars from the refuse of other people.
That being said, this represents some income loss for the county, and ostensibly my taxes underwrite this man's extra-legal behavior.
What do you think? Should people like the Recycling Bandit be viewed as criminals, entrepreneurs, or in a larger sense, evidence that there is an underground economy fueled by people who struggle to succeed in mainstream America?