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Discord at the dump

When Chris Weppner starts his shift at the Garwood dump site, the first thing he checks is the employee log for notes of problem customers.

He's already on the watch for it, folks who become aggressive over dump site rules.

Usually it's just verbal abuse, he said, cuss words and back talk. But occasionally, people really fly off the handle.

"The best way to define it is they make it difficult for us to do our job, and it's not an easy job to do," Weppner said on Wednesday as cars lined up to dump their garbage. "And it's only over garbage."

Dump site detail is a tough gig.

Incidents of illegal dumping and verbal abuse to staff are on the rise at Kootenai County's 14 rural dump sites, especially the three that are manned daily, said Roger Saterfiel, Solid Waste director. Full story. Alecia Warren, CDA Press

Wow! Who knew garbage makes people so grumpy? How often do you visit your local dump?

Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.