Coming Soon To A Dumpster Near You
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When the only tool you have is a hammer, the old saying goes, everything begins to look like a nail. And in Britain (and soon, the United States) the hammer is the surveillance camera, which is now being used to nail people who can no longer be trusted to put their garbage out for collection properly, or not tip it over and spread it around. [HT: Drudge]
Since their citizens can no longer be trusted to follow simple rules for the handling of their personal refuse, a town in Britain has decided that even garbage must be monitored -- all the better to "...catch people committing 'major envirocrimes'".
Householders in a seaside town have been told to put their bins out at the front of their homes and not in an alleyway to the rear.
They must also leave their rubbish out between set times to ensure it does not attract pests or miss the dust cart...
The tiny covert camera, which has cost Weymouth and Portland Council, Dorset, up to £10,000, will also help catch householders who put their rubbish out too early or too late.
To enforce this, the city is putting a spy camera in alleyway garbage bags. What's next? RFID chips embedded in toilet paper to enforce Sheryl Crow's "joke" about her squares-per-squat proposal?
C'mon all you villagers out there...you know you're all guilty of "major envirocrimes" -- or at least, you will be soon. Welcome to the 21st Century.