In a series of 311 complaints, a Jamaica Pond resident tells the story of the old desk he or she no longer wanted but which required far more work than expected to have city trash collectors take it away.
The Pondview Avenue resident disassembled the desk, took it outside on Tuesday - and then was put out to come home and find the thing still on the curb and so filed the first of several reports:
The desk wasn't picked up. The resident filed another complaint. On Wednesday, the resident found the desk still there, but this time with an orange note from Public Works attached:
Once again, someone from the City decided this trash is "construction material". It is not. What it is is a desk that was taken apart to get it down the stairs and outside for disposal. The City's web site clearly states that a desk can be put out with regular trash. Please come back and take this away. Thank you.
To drive the point home, the resident filed another complaint with a photo from the other side:
Rather than risk getting another rejection slip, though, the resident then reassembled the desk Wednesday afternoon - and removed the pallet on which the replacement desk had been shipped, since it seems the city won't pick up pallets, along with the remnants of an old rolling kitchen cart:
The desk has been reassembled. The 2 doors to the rolling kitchen cart that you did take away have been removed from the remaining trash so as not to create confusion. It's just the desk now. Please come and take the desk away. Thank you.
At 10:46 a.m. yesterday, the city replied it was satisfied that was no construction debris and notified Public Works to send out a crew to haul the reassembled desk away.