Thursday, April 23, 2009

What is This?

An exterminator's pump? Something ditched by Casbar due to its closing? A portable shower? A giant lemon juice applicator?

Any other suggestions as to what it might be?

I called 311 at Noon; let's see what happens.

Update: I got a call from the DEP at 1 PM, but I guess it didn't sound too ominous to them because it's still there at 3 PM. I hope it's not actual extermination stuff because several groups of kids coming home from PS 169 have been checking it out.
2nd Update: The DEP people (two very young and diligent people) came at some point after 3 PM. They left without the giant lemon, but they did leave their mark. See below.

I'm glad we averted THAT hazardous disaster.


Anonymous said...

That was hilarious! But seriously, why don't you just throw the flippin'[BViB change] poison bottle in a trash can?

BestViewInBrooklyn said...

Excellent question. Why didn't anyone? My reason was that I have two small kids with me and didn't want to risk whatever repercussions the suspected "poison" may have caused. Even without them, I doubt I would have hauled it to 5th Avenue to throw away. Even it being waste water (just as scary, at times) probably wouldn't have changed my mind.

My real question is why did the person dump it there instead of throwing the flippin' poison bottle in a trash can. But then, there's no accounting for some people.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, this just gets better and better! The bottle contains either pesticide or herbicide ( likely the latter, given the location ). It happens I have a spray bottle exactly like this in my greenhouse. I use it to spray plants for insect. "Waste water"??? Do you think the two kids from DEP did some kind of spot analytical chemistry to determine the contents??? That's just a disposal category.

The contents have been sprayed on the ground, in your park. If your children play there, then they are exposed to the toxin. The person doing the job just forgot to take the bottle with them when they left. Nothing will happen to you if you pick it up and throw it in the trash. However, by leaving it there, its likely that the kids will pick it up and start spraying each other. In fact, I'd put money on that, having lived there for over a decade and being painfully familiar with the behavior of the locals. Now that you've been there a year or two I'm sure you would agree.

Are you familiar with the psychological concept of "learned helplessness"?

BestViewInBrooklyn said...

Read the title of the post, my neighbor. I was unfamiliar with the container; I don't have a garden, so I have no use for herbicide. I still don't think I would have disposed of it, but I'm glad that you are a better steward of our neighborhood. And actually, the DEP reps did use gloves, a test kit, and other things I missed due to living my life. I have no idea what they were doing, but it took a while.

I've been here a tad longer than a year or two, but unlike some, I don't think that gives me more or less right to observe my surroundings.

Glad to have amused you. It seems it's what I do best.