Former FBI agents are helping local authorities train thousands of garbage collectors across the country as a nationwide internal spy force to report “suspicious activity” to police in yet another example of how America is turning into an East German-style informant society as the country decays from within.
Garbage Collectors as Crime Stoppers?
Thursday, January 20, 2011
It might seem like common sense. If the driver of a trash truck spots a crime in progress along his route, or a little kid lost, or smoke pouring out of a window, he calls 9-1-1, right?
Most probably would, but some might mind their own business, which is part of the reason why the mammoth trash collection and environmental disposal company Waste Managment came up with “Waste Watch.”
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It’s a program that employs former FBI agents to train drivers and other employees to look out for anything out of the ordinary and gives them the tools to properly document and report the possibly significant events.
The sanitation workers are given cell phones with cameras and short forms to fill out if they spot anything unusual. They’re taught to use their experience on the job, noting vehicles that may be out of place or doors left open. Most importantly they’re reminded they’re NOT police officers, just extra eyes and ears on the road. If they see something suspicious, they don’t intervene. They call their dispatcher or 9-1-1.
This article was posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 8:34 am