I have just seen a hen’s tooth in our road.
It was a quintessential expression of a major difference between the USA and the UK. I don’t know about you all, but I just love “bin men” stories, to me they epitomise what is wrong with the UK, especially England.
This incident went thus. Our rates out in the County do not include garbage. The County has nominated private contractors to serve certain areas for garbage, green garden waste and recycling. You may have any service weekly, fortnightly or monthly. We have fortnightly but it is never full but we don’t want smelly garbage hanging around. For which we pay the princely sum of $30 per month.There is a family opposite with 4 children under five! (OK, OK what do they do in their spare time?) They too have the bins fortnightly, Which is not sufficient for their household.
This morning, bin day, the bins are placed at the kerb in a certain position so that the machine may pick them up on total automatic, the driver does not need to get out of the cab, he just operates an automatic arm that picks it up and takes it to the top of the machine and empties it, there is no access for an operative to just throw anything in, it is all too high. The neighbours had their bin in the correct position and 4 plastic sacks sitting neatly on the ground next to it. The bin man emptied the bin, got out of the lorry, carefully put the 4 spare sacks into the bin, squared it up, got into the truck and emptied it for a second time. He made no note on his schedule and drove off to the next house. In other words that was a freebee.
Can you imagine that happening in the UK these days? Not on your life! They would have refused to collect them, left a minatory complaint that it was unclearable and sent a little man round to re-educate the householder!!! And charged you a fortune on the rates! All resulting in a ‘sad faced’ article in the Daily Mail for our delectation! The UK idea of service these days obviously comes from the farmyard, get fucked! It is the same in shops, ludicrous queues at the tills with operatives standing idly by. I have kicked arse so many times in Sainsbury’s in Brum it isn’t true to get service! Here locally in the village the manager regularly is to be seen on the tills if they are busy, nobody waits more than a few seconds. considering everything is so much cheaper here how come they can still provide good service, yet in the UK customers in so many spheres are treated with contempt. Nowhere charges for parking except in the heart of downtown, they would lose their custom. Even downtown Bellingham in the main drag 25pence gets you an hour! Most streets are free. I do have to add Wales is far more relaxed on these things than England which strikes me as a hell hole these days.
When it comes to just living in peace and quiet without stress and aggravation the Pacific North West must come very nearly the top of the heap. It is about time the population of the UK kicked back some to get some civility back into their dealings with the so called powers that be!