YOUNG HOMELESS MAN SLEEPING IN DUMPSTER BARELY SAVED FROM COMPACTOR
I’ve always wondered about those giant industrial garbage trucks and how they worked, especially those dumpsters. You’ve likely seen one of these trucks growl and whine with their powerful pneumatics, as they haul a commercial dumpster frame filled with stuff up and over onto the back. Well, or the reverse, empty. And some of these giant trucks have their own compactor, where they empty a dumpster into the truck’s compactor to crush it to landfill compactness. Well, or to ship it off to the far east. Anyway, you can imagine one garbage collector freaking out when he saw on his truck’s camera that he dumped a homeless man into the compactor, too! Fortunately, he managed to save him.
TRASH COLLECTOR JUST HAPPENED TO GLANCE AT CAMERA AND SAW YOUNG MAN GO INTO COMPACTOR
This happened in Huntsville, Alabama, when the garbage collector just so happened to glance at one of his several onboard camera monitors as he was emptying a commercial dumpster into his truck’s compactor. And thank goodness that he did! Because during that glance, he saw a young homeless man tumble into the compactor with all detritus he’s been sleeping in. And when I say thank goodness he happened to glance at the time, I really mean it. If he hadn’t, he would have done what he always does, which is to flip the switch to activate the compactor once the dumpster was empty.
GARBAGE SUPERVISOR THEN BOUGHT YOUNG HOMELESS MAN WARM CLOTHES, BOOTS
You know how you can tend to do things on automatic when you do them all the time? Well, I’d hazard a guess this garbage collector empties dumpsters and activates the compactor at least 2,000 times a year, if not more. But this time, he happened to save a life the one time (hopefully!) that it really mattered. Anyways, the garbage collector called his supervisor, Chuck Cantrell, who decided to buy the young homeless man some warm clothes, boots, and even gave him a ride. It’s also good to hear that the young man without a home is currently at a local shelter. Let’s just hope it’s safer than sleeping in a garbage bin!