A bill dispute between a trash hauler and a customer in Minnesota has resulted in a huge mess, literally. The city of Red Wing fined local hauler Paul's Industrial Garage $1,800, plus cleanup fees, after authorities say it dumped nearly 2 tons of garbage on a customer's driveway over an unpaid bill, reports the Post-Bulletin. The operator of the truck also faces unlawful dumping charges after the driveway was littered with discarded furniture, old paint cans, garbage bags, etc.
"This is, in my opinion, a completely unacceptable public health issue that was done intentionally with complete disregard for public health, welfare, and safety of the public," says the city's public works chief. The hauler says the customer rented the roll-off trash receptacle six weeks ago for the driveway, filled it with household trash, but wouldn't pay up. The company, which estimates it lost about $1,500 in revenue as a result, apparently decided to take its roll-off back but leave the trash behind.