Hauler Dumps 2 Tons of Trash on Customer's Yard
Officials cite Minnesota company in bill dispute
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2014 2:22 PM CDT
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(Newser) – 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.

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Jul 20, 2014 1:01 AM CDT
So the customer hired the company to haul away the trash, but never paid for the service, so the company retrieved their property (the dumpster) and left the customer's trash with the customer...sounds right to me. The service and/or use of the equipment were not paid for. Want your crap hauled away and can't pay to have it done? Do it yourself. (Although I think I would have waited until 3:00 a.m., hauled it somewhere conspicuous and made sure the deadbeat's name was on signs all over it:>)
Jul 18, 2014 4:32 PM CDT
I've always had to pay upfront for the container by size. What was put in was not a factor. Only a poorly run company would charge after.
Chris Farley
Jul 18, 2014 12:23 PM CDT
sorry, i dont get the logic. In short, the person paid to have a bin left on their property. They then filled said bin with their property (garbage) and did not pay to have it dumped, so the bin owner gave said property back