It's true that the city holds a junk car roundup, no questions asked - only because so many people dump their cars instead of taking responsibility for themselves and their own property. But hey, why stop at cars? Or boats? When anything I buy has outlived it's usefulness to me, why should I have to arrange and pay for its proper disposal? No matter that I chose to buy said item and enjoyed it while it was new. And even better, any person who sold an item to me, whether it was 6 months or 10 years ago, should be responsible for it again when I'm done with it, fabulous.
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My couch doesn't fit my decor any longer; the city should have an "old couch drive." Get Sears or Lyle's to pay for that, they made some money 6 years ago selling the couch to me, after all. I also really want a brand new 42-inch plasma TV, so the city should come pick up my old television. I mean, I obviously can't afford to get rid of it once I buy the new one - maybe Costco would pay, they sell a lot of TVs. And when my dishwasher breaks, Maytag should come get it for me, because clearly that's the only way to keep me from illegally dumping it in the Gastineau Channel. And hey, if I get a dog, eventually he'll be old and sick and no fun anymore, so the Gastineau Humane Society could come to my house, pick him up and take care of him for me until he dies, so I don't have to be inconvenienced at all.
And the "shiny new aluminum" boats that were mentioned? I don't know much about boats, but I understand that a new, 24-foot aluminum boat costs at least $50,000, not counting all the bells and whistles. I'm just going out on a limb here, but if people can afford a new boat, I'm thinking they can manage the $500 to take responsibility all by themselves for disposing of the old fiberglass one properly.