Monday, June 06, 2005

Bureaucratic Intelligence IS an oxymoron

For those of my readers who live in Wichita Falls, I am going to perform a public service and announce a silently passed city ordinance that is the epitome of idiocy.

I just had a truck load of wood, cardboard, and trash from our recent move. It was all contained in boxes and strapped down with bungees. However, for our fair Gotham, that is not good enough.

As part of a new city ordinance passed by our City Council (not sure if this was part of the New and Improved City Council 2.0 or not) all loads terminating at the Transfer Station must be covered entirely by a tarp or some other covering. If you do not meet this criteria, you will either be turned away without remorse or charged $25--with a similar lack of remorse.

This new ordinance is plastered all over the entry to the Transfer Station (which doesnt help me when I'm loading my truck on the other side of town, btw). The kicker is that the ordinance states that the objective of the law is (obviously) to keep all loads contained. So, I argued with the gentleman at the weigh-in station that I had actually conformed with the objective of the law because nothing had fallen out during my drive all the way across town, so please allow me to drive the additional 300 feet to properly dispose of the load. Instead, he turned me around to potentially lose all this ever-so dangerous debris as I returned on the 7 mile trip back to my house.

I asked what I should do if I don't have a tarp. I had more bungees and tie downs and could sufficiently cover my load with them. Perhaps that would work? After all, I was only going another 300 feet...


He said I could use anything that I had to cover the load: a tarp, old carpet, a blanket, anything. Now, I ask you, which is more dangerous: allowing me to continue for 300 feet to dump the debris or drive all the way back from my house with old torn carpet and bedsheets haphazardly covering my truck?

Clearly, someone important got hit by something coming out of someone's truck while that second someone was on their way to the Transfer Station. Also, clearly, the someone who got hit doesn't drive a truck and/or understand the beauty and simplicity of the open bed design which allows the contents of the bed to extend well beyond the 6.5' x 4.5', 5-sided container. Instead, they would rather we all drive a hybrid Toyota Prius that bottoms out when we sit in it and never emits any harmful materials from the engine or the enclosure of the vehicle itself.

Oh well, as is usually the case, one idiot has ruined it for us all. Hopefully this saves someone a trip to and from the Transfer Station.



At 6/06/2005 11:53:00 AM, Blogger Brian Blair said...

Same thing happened to me! I should have warned you before you went.

Good thing I had a 4Runner full of cardboard boxes. Bob and I had to carefully place the boxes around the garbage in the trailer so that it would cover everything and also not fly out.

The trailer was far more unstable with thirty strategically placed cardboard boxes, but if this happens to you, your options are threefold:

1) go home and get a tarp of some sort
2) pay $25 to be added to your next water bill
3) be really nice and flirt with the garbagewoman

since i was tired and desperate, i did the latter and it worked like a charm.

At 6/06/2005 11:58:00 AM, Blogger causedawg said...

tough luck. seems like complete bs to me too.

-the sexy moth

At 6/06/2005 04:25:00 PM, Blogger Schlick said...

Wait a minute here. BB's charm worked like a charm while J-rock was spurned? Maybe Bobby, like his brother, is a phermone and the garbage lady liked it.

I, too, could have warned you if I had known you were going. They had signs up warning of the impending fines back when I borrowed your truck. Seems like it went into effect May 15 or something like that.

I wonder what percentage of American cities are just downright retarded like this one. Is it a test that this place is so forsken in so many ways?

At 6/06/2005 04:30:00 PM, Blogger Schlick said...

Whoops! That should read "forsaken."

At 6/06/2005 05:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russell says.....

Well, This is the first time I've "BLOGGED" so forgive me if I don't have all the correct codes in place. Now on to my comment.

Do you suppose this "rule" applies to POS home-built trailers?

At 6/07/2005 04:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess from now on you'll have to use the Killingsworth Jr. method of trash dumping. It's called country roads.

More and more lately this mantra seems to come in handy:

"It's just a test, it's just a test, it's just a test."


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