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Curbside Chaos in Crescent Park

Original post made by Curbside perpetrator on Sep 19, 2007

Well, I confess. I am the person who left the notorious PAPER SHREDDER at my curb for many days (couldn't have been 3 whole weeks, though). (Aug 31, section 2 Web Link). Lynn Smith, crescent park resident, wrote a letter to the Weekly, and provided more details. Apparently he/she took photos, and chronicled several other perpetrators as well. Even more fun, Lynn, or some other concerned ciitzen, took it upon him/herself to send me - anonymously - a color printout of the article, with yellow highlighting of the line about the shredder. Addressed to "Resident" at my address. If I don't know who you are, how can I thank you for your concern?

Rest assured, Lynn, that it was a misunderstanding that led to that shredder being out there for so long. It wasn't even ours, and it didn't get the "Free" sign on it right away. Ahh well, good to know we have such alert neighbors, looking out for our common welfare. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Comments (10)

Posted by sympathetic, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Dear Curbside perpetrator,

It's too bad that your neighbors didn't just knock on your door and ask politely for you to move the unsightly mess of a paper shredder. Better yet, they could be neighborly and take it off your hands for you. Afterall, reduce, reuse, recycle is the mantra of this oh, so green, open-minded, tolerant, and idyllic community where everyone is supposed to walk on water... or perhaps you didn't get that memo.

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Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Good for you.

Putting out what is of no use to you and maybe of use to someone else is what zero waste is all about.

Posted by Another Resident, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 19, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Curbside Perpetrator, shredders can be very dangerous; little kids have been known to get their fingers caught in them. You ought to be thankful no one took the "free" shredder, got hurt, and sued you!!!!

Posted by janet, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 20, 2007 at 9:52 am

So you dump trash in front of your house and you don't expect the neighbors to get upset?

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2007 at 9:58 am

I never said that the neighbors shouldn't get upset, and I never said the trash should stay outside for weeks. If something is potentially dangerous, it should be rendered safe in some way.

What I did say is that in light of the zero waste policy, it makes sense to find new owners for our unwanted junk so that we don't have to throw it out.

If no-one wants it, it becomes trash and that it what our city doesn't want.

Seems to make sense to me.

Alternatively, we could get rid of the zero waste policy.

Posted by noWhining, a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2007 at 3:56 pm


Did you read Curbside perpetrator thread?

She said it wasn't theirs, so somebody dumped it in front of her house.... (same happened to me once, I just left the article on the sidewalk where by municipal ordinance belongs to the City of Palo Alto)
she wrote:
"It wasn't even ours, and it didn't get the "Free" sign on it right away"
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Posted by Big Al, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2007 at 4:54 pm

This wouldn't be controversial if it was in midtown- where the homes aren't so fancy and neat like those overpriced meccas in "Crescent Park"- were used to neighbors without
a fleet of yard crews- blowers moving leaves around- and while are lawns might not be as green- and we might even have some junk laying around outside our homes- we seem to get along a little bit more amicably then the folks who paid so very much to live here.

Posted by Prefer my Palo Alto neighbors, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2007 at 1:01 am

Perhaps there happened to be a wee bit o' bile in someone's morning coffee?

Seems to me that if someone has a concern about a paper shredder or anything else "unsightly" sitting outside a neighbors' homes, they should initially bring their diplomatically-worded concerns to said neighbors and ask about the origins and intended purpose of said objects.

Seems to me that assuming one's neighbor is deliberately and willfully "uglifying the neighborhood", and then taking a cowardly anonymous approach of photos and articles, isn't exactly the behavior of a conscientious neighbor with the well-being of everyone in the neighborhood in mind.

A neighborhood with anonymously vindictive neighbors wouldn't seem to me to be a very attractive neighborhood to live in, regardless of a few items left lying around. Sometimes attitudes can be every bit as unsightly as stray paper shredders.

Posted by Cynthia, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 21, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Unwanted articles of many kinds can be offered to others via There's a Freecycle list just for Palo Alto; maybe someone on the list could have used the paper shredder? Just a note for anyone who has other unwanted, but useable, stuff at home. Thx and good luck!

Posted by Former Resident, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 24, 2007 at 8:22 am

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