Who Was That Masked Man?
What do you do when you have a bunch of TV and don’t want to pay the disposal or recycling fees? Put on a superhero costume and make it into an event!
Pecka said police believe he had a helper: another man in a white jumpsuit who also wore a TV as he made deliveries.
“We determined there was no credible threat to residents and that this was strictly an inconvenience,” Pecka said. “It was” — (long pause) — “unique.”
After borrowing a truck from the county’s Solid Waste department, a half-dozen police officers collected the television sets in about an hour Sunday, Pecka said. The county will recycle them.
There was no additional cost to residents, and the incident didn’t impair normal police activity, Pecka said. The department doesn’t plan to investigate further, he said, although officials encourage residents to contact police if it happens again.
Around here, at least, CRT (non-flat) televisions are literally worth less than nothing. You can’t give them away, and they cost $10-20 to dispose of. The county took care of it, but I’d be rather pissed if this happened to me.
The first television I ever got was my grandmother’s. It had no remote. It didn’t even have a dial. It had thirteen buttons on the front that you programmed using a screwdriver. But it was a remarkably good television in terms of picture clarity. After college when I moved in with two roommates, we all chipped in and purchased a television. This one had a remote, and RCA cable ports. A couple years later one of the two roommates left town in the middle of the night following a cold war with the other roommate instigated by an argument about the movie Mighty Ducks 3, watched on said TV. When the remaining roommate and I parted ways, he got the washer and dryer and I got that television.
I finally got rid of it about three years ago. It was in perfect working condition, minus a slight purple burn-in. Fewer and fewer things were working on it and the streaming services started putting blocks to prevent them from working on CRT televisions unless you could fool it with even more adapters. So I finally took it down to the county dump, paid $20 because it was over 22″, and we became a two flat-screen family. I was raised thrifty and getting rid of an operational – if useful – piece of hardware was kind of difficult.
So yeah, this is illegal dumping with style.