On Monday (yes Bank Holiday Monday) I had been told that the excess rubbish crew would roll by my place annd collect a cupboard and a few boxes. They would be there between 8.30 am and 6.30 pm.
Fine thinks I, so early on Monday morning I start shifting the stuff to the pavement outside my house. At about 8.15 I have nearly finished and I am about to pin a note to it with the collection reference number.
As I get outside with the last armful of boxes I note that a youngish woman is pulling a box out of the pile.
"Don't take that one", says I "It's been water damaged, if you want a better box try this one".I explained that the rubbish collection was pre-booked and I had a reference number and so on. She went away, satisfied but clearly suspicious.
"I don't want a box", says the lady with a noticeable mediterreanean accent, "I work for the Southwark Council environmental protection service".
"So hold on, you are collecting evidence of environmental crime?"
But it was only later that I thought about it.
How the hell did she get there? It was 8.15 on a bank holiday monday morning. What level of serviellance is going on here? Or did some helpful type phone and report my crime?