It's an unspoken procedure more secret than a tummy tuck. From Monrovia to Malibu, people in Los Angeles are utilizing private, residential trash collection and forgetting about their local public works departments. What? Why?
When we first heard about it, we couldn't believe it. Celebrity stalkers are lurking around LA City Department of Public Works trash collection bins hoping and waiting for trash day.
Some of the "stalkers" have common reasons to steal the trash (snagging cans and bottles for recycling) but others have more mischievous reasons, like resale and stupid auctions where your dis-organized discards are being sold to the highest bidder. People toss their unwanteds in the trash, and because the bins are sitting on public property (aka, the street) everyone and anyone has a "right" to go through it. We see it every week on our street.
But the interesting thing is that you may not be a celebrity and have your trash gone through. At our client's homes we discover pretty quickly who has a concern, and who doesn't. If you live in a home or apartment where a famous Hollywood tragedy occurred, public divorce, or the old homeowner won one or more Oscars, you (as the new happy homeowner) inherit those trash-stealing dramas, even though you have nothing to do with the original Hollywood happening.
So it's really disgusting (and no surprise) that the pros are scouring through Paris Hilton's trash in West Hollywood. TMZ is reporting HollywoodStarTrash.com acquired personal items and has/is auctioning them off, via eBay and their own personal website. The site has already sold an empty can of dog food for $305; a used toothbrush for $305; two used envelopes sent to Paris while she was in jail for $510; and a Coke can for $51 bucks. How does HollywoodStarTrash.com know this junk belongs to Paris for sure?
Private trash collection in Los Angeles seems to be big business. Your trash stays behind closed doors, or gates. A unmarked truck pulls up and takes the contents of your cans away no questions asked--- and no problems created. It's like Brinks, but for your trash. Looks like this new trash trend may be here to stay. We wonder if Paris knows about these services?
Here's a sampling from over 150 items found in Paris Hilton's trash. What are you throwing out?
- Black Chanel cloth baggie
- Ripped envelope addressed to Paris Hilton Century Regional Detention Facility
- 14 Business cards
- 3 Scripts from Endeavor Talent Agency: "Surfer Dude," "Be Kind Rewind" and Ruby Coopersmith and Her Totally Embarassing family"
- Receipt for $6,106.17 for Lisa Kline
- Cigarette Butt
- Birth control packet - Empty
You've spent time organizing, and getting rid of the things you don't need anymore. Now you have reason to worry about who's going through your trash. Comments?
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