Talkin’ Trash

Cidu Bill on May 28th 2009


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Hi and Lois, comic strips, comics, humor | 12 responses so far

12 Responses to “Talkin’ Trash”

  1. Usual John May 28th 2009 at 12:19 am 1

    Commercial customers have their own contracts with the rubbish company and can decrease service to save money. Hi gets his trash removal through his municipality or homeowners, so he will not save any money if he only puts his garbage out half as often.

    But there’s nothing funny about that, so I have no idea what the strip is getting at.

  2. Winter Wallaby May 28th 2009 at 12:22 am 2

    In this town, residents can save money by having your garbage picked up less often. However, Hi can’t do that, because his family produces too much garbage. I guess this is supposed to be funny because saying that his family produces too much garbage is a clever, biting, insult.

  3. Arthur May 28th 2009 at 12:24 am 3

    He can’t because he generates way too much trash.

  4. Jesse May 28th 2009 at 12:45 am 4

    I agree with you John, however, the punchline might also refer to the first panel. When one of the collectors says, “. . . Everyone is cutting back.” If some customers are only putting their garbage out every other week, the collectors might not get paid as much, whether it be from less pickups, or less garbage. While it will save the customers money, it may cost the collectors. They may be attempting to make sure Hi puts his trash out every week to ensure a fuller paycheck.

  5. captainswift May 28th 2009 at 02:07 am 5

    I don’t think the “You can’t” is literal in the sense that he has too much garbage, or his HMA won’t allow it. I think the “You can’t” is a threat. As in “Blond trash collector talks too much, we need the work, you best not cut back your service, or Scruffy’ll cut you.”

  6. Powers May 28th 2009 at 06:57 am 6

    No, it’s just that the Flagstons, being a family of six plus a dog produce too much garbage to cut back to twice a month pickup.

  7. CaroZ May 28th 2009 at 09:20 am 7

    …and what city lets garbage collectors go to work looking like pipe-smoking hobos?

    Off-topic, but… Thursday’s Crankshaft convinces me that this site needs a “Google Earth does NOT work that way” tag.

  8. Abbot of Unreason May 28th 2009 at 12:57 pm 8

    Maybe the other people aren’t cutting back two twice a month to save money on trash men, but are only putting out trash twice a month because they’re cutting back on all their trash-generating consumerism.

  9. Mateus May 28th 2009 at 02:03 pm 9

    Abercrombie and Fitch (the garbage collectors) would lose out on working hours, even if Hi and Lois produce the same amount of trash, so they’re threatening him if he tries switching to bi-weekly service.

  10. Mark Jones May 28th 2009 at 09:43 pm 10

    In some places, homeowners have to pay a bill directly to the city or a private company for trash collection. I think garbage man is saying that some customers have been cutting back on their service to save money, but is not offering that option to the Flagstons because of the amount of garbage they produce.

    I actually had to think about this one because it wouldn’t make sense where I live…trash collection is payed for by taxes, and every house is limited to one (city-issued) can per week.

  11. Anjou Jul 14th 2009 at 07:51 pm 11

    Sorry to comment on this so late (only just discovered this blog) but it is not the case that the trash-collectors are ’switching’ their customers from weekly to fortnightly collection - i.e. they are only bothering to collect the garbage half as often and cutting down on their work-load (presumably without the support of their superiors)

    The ‘You’ can’t implies that it is not the case they it is a decision of the householder, it is their choice of schedule.

  12. Mitch4 Jul 15th 2009 at 07:59 am 12

    Anjou, I cannot help but retract the position of minimizing doubts over denials that your statement that it is not the case has been rebutted, if not conclusively refuted.

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