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Monday, 05 July 2010
Oxted fox

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Last Tuesday, rubbish collection day, I left my rubbish out early and a fox got to it before the bin men. When I went out later that morning I found that my black bag (and those of my neighbours) had been removed by the bin men, but they had left a considerable amount of my rubbish strewn on my (and my neighbour’s) front lawn.  Of course I “scraped” it all up and put it in another bag, which I will put out next week.  This is the first time it has happened in a number of years: perhaps I put the bag out a little too early in the morning, or perhaps the fox is struggling with other food sources at this time of the year.

Anyway I was then surprised on Thursday morning to get a letter from my local District Council complaining about what happened and advising me not to allow this to happen again. If they had cleaned up the mess, then I would accept that they had something to complain about, however they left the shambles to me to sort out.  I grumbled at them on twitter and received the following reply:

Dear @bigbluemeanie, thanks for clearing up mess made by fox. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to discuss further and resolve problem.

It seems like an awful bother to go to when it took me a mere 10 seconds to clean up the mess of the fox. Although I appreciate that my District Council are a very busy bunch and couldn’t tear themselves away from the bin round.  It’s nice though that the pen-pushers back at the Council office are not to busy to correspond about this situation. 

PS The fox that is sunning itself in the photograph above is from the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield, and is not the guilty party.

Posted by bigblue on 05/07/2010 at 08:55 AM
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