The idea of issuing tickets to homeowners who have more than two bags of trash in front of their house is insane (2/12, Local, “Next: Fines for trash?”).
Here’s why: You put out one legal bag of trash and leave for the office at 7 a.m. Then someone else comes by and puts two or three more illegal bags of trash next to yours before the trash truck shows up at 9 a.m. You didn’t commit the “crime,” but you get the ticket and a fine anyway. That’s crazy.
What recourse do you have? Homeowners are going to be victimized by this poorly conceived ordinance, and the anonymous trash criminals will go free. Is the City Council really so clueless that they can’t see this coming?
The solution is simple: Include penalties for anyone who puts trash bags out in front of a house other than their own.