Sleeping hobo accidentally loaded into garbage truck
KRON4 – A Recology truck driver saved a man’s life after he was accidentally loaded into his recycling truck in San Francisco’s Sunset District, Recology and fire officials said. The truck driver picked up a load of cardboard at along Irving Street between 9th and 16th avenues around 6:30 a.m. when he heard someone banging on the trailer of the truck, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.
Recology spokesman Robert Reed said the driver called out to see if there was a person, and the man yelled back.
The quick thinking driver raced down to San Francisco fire station No. 22 at 16th Avenue and Irving Street a few blocks away to get help.
Fire crews were able to rescue the 58-year-old man who had been sleeping in the recycling dumpster, Talmadge said.
The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with minor injuries from being crushed in the truck, according to Talmadge.
The recycling truck has a push wall that compacts the cardboard, according to Reed.
“It’s a miracle that the guy wasn’t crushed,” he said.
A pretty ironic way of typifying that you’re life is literally and figuratively in the dumps is when you get lifted out of the trash to be destroyed by a dump truck. As far as ways to go out in this world, being viciously woken up amongst smelly trash to meet your demise at the hands of a machine is probably up the near top.
But as far as wake up calls from above this also a pretty big one, if not to turn your life around but at the very least find sturdier lodging. Not sure what a 58 year old man can do to change his situation, perhaps a national ad campaign for homeless shelters being like, “Hi, I’m a homeless dude. Like the rest of you, I sleep on the street and one day a garbage truck almost killed me because it dumped me in the back. But that was my wake up call to not sleep in such a smelly place because it almost killed me. So go to your local shelter and find a cot or at the very least a back alley where you know what day trash day is. Thanks.”
Boom. Solved the visual eye sore of the homeless sleeping near the trash cans and also probably lessened their odor. Sign me up for city government.