Stolen Milk Crates Feed Black MarketBy RAQUEL MARIA DILLON
Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For decades, college kids have used stolen milk crates as the basic building blocks of coffee tables and dorm room shelves.Now, a new breed of crate rustler is cashing in by swiping thousands of the containers from loading docks and selling them to shady recyclers.
The containers are chopped into bits and shipped to booming factories in China to be made into a variety of products, from pipes to flower pots.
Facing an estimated $80 million in annual losses from the thefts, dairies across the country are moving to stop the plastic pilfering. In California, companies are even hiring private detectives and staging sting operations.
“We saw them disappearing into this black hole,” said Rachel Kaldor, executive director of the Dairy Institute, a trade group in Sacramento. “We just don’t know who’s stealing these crates off the loading docks.”
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Yes, I am a Crate Rustler. But that was ages ago and… well… see, technically I didn’t “steal” the milk crates. Steal is such a harsh and definitive word. I sort of “Lured” them away. I asked if I could have one and the manager was like “whatever”. So I put one in my car while she was on break. But, I’m telling you, inanimate objects are alive because when I went back to my car after work, mysteriously, a bunch of them had piled themselves in the back seat and covered themselves with a blanket. I guess they didn’t want to be parted from each other. Yeah, that’s it. And they got cold waiting for me.
In 2004, a man by the name of Willie Joe McAdams was put in jail for the attempted murder of Cedric Thomas. Because my search skills suck I was not able to find any information on the crime so I don’t know why McAdams wanted to kill Cedric but based on the little bit I did find, it may have had something to do with drugs (McAdams being on them rather than a drug deal gone wrong).
McAdams was sentenced to 40 years in prison but due to a clerical error was released on May 4, 2007 after serving only four years. (Yes, I know the math doesn’t work out quite right. The only thing I can think of is that the judge included time served.) However, that’s not the strange part. Instead of bolting off into the underground to avoid the law and perhaps make a new life for himself, McAdams hunts down his victim and…apologizes.
I’m supposed to be writing so of course I’m doing everything else but. I’m not quite sure how I found myself at God is 4 Suckers but I was there wasting time and catching up on the latest articles. GI4S is a news/commentary website run by atheists for atheists. I spend lot time there reading the articles and learning a lot about the issues facing atheists in America and generally trying to feel less alone in my non-belief. One truly is the loneliest number and, if you don’t believe me, then you try being the only atheist in a family full of Christians.
Anyway, a link in the comment section of one of the articles led me to one of the most horrifying videos I have ever seen. It is even more distressing than seeing the Twin Towers crumbling to dust right before my eyes. Warning, this video contains footage not suitable for all audiences. Please hide your children, cats, dogs and maybe even yourself.