An article appearing in The Columbus Dispatch starts off with this sentence, “During the past several months, 22,741 New Yorkers contacted the city’s Department of Sanitation and arranged for pickup of refrigerators, air conditioners and freezers. In more than 11,000 instances, the machines vanished before sanitation workers arrived to pick them up.”
In the next paragraph, the article asks, “Who, then, is stealing the household appliances of New York?”
Theft?!? Of discarded appliances? Seems like a stretch to me.
Note: Unanswered is the length of time appliances sit on the curb before the city picks them up. This we do know: The time is longer than it takes scavengers to notice and remove. And the scavengers remove the items tax-free.