The Bee reported today that the city will start awarding $500 to citizens who send in photographic evidence of illegal garbage dumping. It is a severe problem in neighborhoods like Oak Park, and one hopes the city’s plan will work. The guilty parties will be fined $500.
For some reason that $500 correlation* is humorous to me. Theoretically, pairs of individuals could compete to capture the funniest “illegal dumping” photo, paying each fine with the corresponding reward. So basically you’re off scot-free! There could be categories, like: best dumping costume; funniest item being dumped; best “You caught me!” face; bonus points for composing a parody of a famous movie still; etc.
But seriously. I live on the border of Oak Park and Tahoe Park, and I know that illegal dumping is a major problem, and I’m glad the city is doing what they can to stop it. Is $500 enough of a fine though?
* That’s not the word I wanted… bonus points to whoever can find the exact word I was looking for in that context.