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This morning, I phoned in a roadkill pickup request to city services. After entering the service ticket, the operator asked, "Do you want the city to notify you once it's been done?".

I can only imagine the poor person whose job it might be to call on things like that. "Ma'am, we are calling to report the corpse in question is no longer in the road."

It was so absurd that after ending the call, I laughed... and once out of my system, it was done.

(Confidential to cats: please do not try to cross B-- at the gentle curve near the park.)

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sandchigger
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a fun job to me, actually. The notification part, not the snow shoveling dead things part. Can you imagine calling the wrong number though?

City Services: I'm calling to tell you that the corpse you asked to be removed has been removed.
Stunned Caller: I... wait, what?
CS: Did you not request someone to take care of a body this morning?
SC: Uh... no? Who is this?
CS: Sorry, wrong number *click*

At least that's how I'd handle it.
oddharmonic
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Since the city is implementing more automated phone stuff, it's probably not a live person making the calls anymore. Bummer.

When I left a found-live-animal message for Animal Services last year, they sent a person out a few days later that I wasn't expecting. That was exciting.

[knock on door]
Animal Services: Hi, I'm here about the cat.
Me: What?
AS: We can take him to the city shelter.
Me: It's okay. I said in my message we were fine taking care of him until his people contact us or he can stay with us for life.
AS: Oh, that's good. We don't operate a no-kill shelter.
Me: I know. Hey, want to meet him?
...
AS: That's a really big cat to have gotten into your car's fender.
Me: Yeah, the guys at the tire shop didn't believe it either, but they took the tire off to get him out of the car.

I should have offered her cookies.
sandchigger
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Well, it was nice of them to send someone out at least.
oddharmonic
Jan. 17th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yep. And the Animal Services lady had an awesome ushanka! I always appreciate a good ear-flap hat.

(It's been awhile since I've written about it, but I am fond of hats with ear-flaps and/or chinstraps. My next hat purchase will probably be similar to the hat Tank Girl wears.)
sandchigger
Jan. 17th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Doesn't Tank Girl wear an aviator's cap? Leather, fur lined sorta dealy?
oddharmonic
Jan. 17th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Pretty much. I was thinking about buying a sheepskin flying helmet last summer but got distracted by something shiny.
phoena
Jan. 17th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
That almost makes me want to call in a roadkill pick-up and give them a wrong number on purpose!!
sandchigger
Jan. 18th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Do it... you know you wanna...
phoena
Jan. 17th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you could call in a roadkill request! Funny.

oddharmonic
Jan. 17th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
I found it on the city of Dallas website back when I was looking for noise ordinances a few years ago. I've called in two dead cats on that same curve since this past fall.

When I lived in Colorado and we shot (non-native) gray squirrels that were causing property damage, we just had to double-bag them for pickup with our regular garbage. I think the folks doing curbside pickup in our complex would freak if I did that here!
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