I just got back from a short beach vacation. Did you know that on some beaches the boardwalk association locks the trashcans inside metal cages? And did you also know that when the cage door opens it is automatically spring loaded so when it closes you need a key to re-open it?
You may wonder why they lock them. Well, there are so many panhandlers that loiter around beach areas (and I’m not talking about the gulls) they lock the cans to keep them from going through the trash. This solution works very well, unless of course some negligent trash man forgets to put a can back in and close the cage door.
While strolling the boardwalk we noticed police cars and fire engines and a crowd gathering around one of those cans. We wondered and also hoped that there wasn’t any serious problem. As we approached we saw him, the small boy who had seen the open cage and thought,
“This will make an ideal hiding place!”
This time the fire department wasn’t getting a cat out of a tree, but a very red faced little boy out of a cage.
Lock out number two coming soon…and this one involved…you guessed it—Crystal (No I didn’t get in a trash can cage so stop your giggling)