Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Only in Miami

I am still laughing over this story running in our local stations! Read on:

MIAMI -- A man was arrested Tuesday after he strapped a lamppost onto the top of a van and tried to sell it for scrap at a recycling shop, Miami police said.

Elio Valera told Local 10 he single-handedly strapped the lamppost to the top of the borrowed van and drove it about 40 blocks to a recycling center near Northwest Seventh Avenue and 21st Street, where he intended to sell it for a few hundred dollars.

"It's been on the ground for three months," Valera told Local 10's Mark Joyella. "Nobody's picked it up. If they don't want to recycle it and use it, I will."

So off he drove, red flags carefully tied to the end of the lamppost, alerting drivers to the oversized load.

"Well, 40 years in the business, three cities, lots of experience, I've never seen anything like this," Miami Police Chief John Timoney commented.

"They should use it to recycle it," Valera said.

But the owner of the recycling shop that promises cash for cans and copper said Valera wasn't going to find anybody willing to pay for a lamppost.

"Loco," the owner said. "He's crazy."

"I mean, it was a crazy idea, but…" Valera said as his voice trailed off.

The lamppost belongs to Florida Power & Light. Valera faces charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

As police arrested Valera, they said another man arrived at the recycling shop toting a shopping cart with a Miami-Dade County sewer cover inside. He was also arrested and faces charges.

In the end, it took a team of two with a high-tech truck to move what Valera only needed a van and some rope to accomplish.


rochambeau said...

Maybe I'll bake two cakes with saws (recyclable)for these two fellows.
It is Ironic!
Hope you are well Yoli!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...


Rhonda said...

Too funny!

robinbird said...

ingenious! i am going to assume they were need of the cash more than they were being 'loco.' as the recycling guy said.

Anonymous said...

Some people have too much time on their hands. Time to get a hobby, buddy.

Vivian M said...

That was funny, and sad too. I can't say I miss Miami that much though!

Margaret Miracle said...

Too Funny!

Maithri said...

Thats hilarious,

Thanks for the laugh my friend,

Winged peace, M

Mélanie said...

I love this story ! It makes me laugh ! He was so ingenious , but not enough

Alkemie said...

WOW ... what a story. And he faces charges of theft on top of that. Amazing.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

At least he had the red cloth hanging off it to warn people... hehehe... there are fruit cakes in our world... hehehe