Thursday, July 29, 2004

The police was here just a few minutes ago. It's a long story and it involves some freak accident with our thrash-can.
First I must inform you that here in Belgium we keep our trash separated, we have 3 different trashcans. One for plastic or carton bottles and metal, a second one for vegetables, fruit and garden rubbish (called gft). A third one for everything else (oh yeah, we also keep our paper separated from the regular trash). If somebody knows other countries were they handle trash in the same way, I gladly would like to know.
Anyway, we don't have an idea how it happened or who did it, but a piece of meat got into our gft trashcan, this is not supposed to happen and because of the heat this summer, which sometimes rises above 30C this piece of meat started to decompose really fast, drawing all kind of insects to its vicinity. When it was time to put it on the street for pickup, worms were crawling out of it like it was a gateway to hell. It also made some very, very strange noises and weight extremely heavy. Let's not mention the smell, needless to say I did not open the lid to take a look inside (noway I'm touching a lid with millions of worms crawling out of it).
This evening I arrived home from work and found our gft trashcan opened on the pavement, luckily with no content, but there was a lot of blood everywhere. Though I didn't think much about it; who knows what could have happened during the day? the streets are full of danger. Well according to the cops, the trash-man is in the hospital after he had been attacked by a bunch of giant rats that were hiding in my gft trashcan. Apparently drawn by the worms and the rotting meat, I can only guess so much. When they emptied it the rats jumped out and probably thought they were being threatened and attacked the trash-man. He should be alright, though still in intensive care and will be monitored for a while as serious infections could still happen. The police wanted to know if I put the rats in the trashcan on purpose, they have seen it happen before they said! After taking my statement they left, I can only wonder what will become of this.

And at least a warning to all of you - Do NOT put meat in your GFT trashcan!

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