Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

'Urine trouble, some states warn lazy truckers
MSNBC ^ | June 1, 2005 | Miguel Llanos

Posted on 06/02/2005 12:26:33 AM PDT by kingattax

Tens of thousands of 'trucker bombs' litter roads ---

SEATTLE — Roadside litter comes in all shapes and sizes — from dirty diapers to syringes — but there's one category that out-grosses the rest: trucker bombs.

Most drivers whiz along the nation's highways largely oblivious to their roadside surroundings. But next time you are out there, take a closer look.

"As soon as you look for it you’ll see it," says Megan Warfield, litter programs coordinator at Washington state's Department of Ecology. "You just see them glistening in the sun. It’s just gross."

They are trucker bombs, plastic jugs full of urine tossed by truckers, and even non-truckers, who refuse to make a proper potty stop to relieve themselves.

The state hasn't counted how many such jugs are found each year, but a single, small county decided to do its own tally. "In one year," Warfield says, "one crew found 2,666 bottles of urine, 67 feces covered items, not including diapers, and 18 syringes."

It even happens at rest stops. "That’s the mystery," Warfield says. "There’s a bathroom right there, there’s also a trash can."

Handling the goods Disposing of trucker bombs, aka torpedoes or pee bottles, is a thankless task that in many cases falls to highway cleanup crews.


(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: litter; milkjugs; truckerbombs; urine
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-56 next last

1 posted on 06/02/2005 12:26:35 AM PDT by kingattax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: kingattax

"Most drivers whiz along the nation's highways..."

So to speak.


2 posted on 06/02/2005 12:29:41 AM PDT by Sabatier
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kingattax
Disposing of trucker bombs, aka torpedoes or pee bottles, is a thankless task that in many cases falls to highway cleanup crews.

Yep. Just one more reason to reinstate the chain gang...

3 posted on 06/02/2005 12:29:46 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Grant no power to government you would not want your worst enemies to wield against you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kingattax

My only concern is that these guys get relief for their obviously overworked renal system. Filling a gallon jug usually takes more than a day unless you are chugging like a fish.


4 posted on 06/02/2005 12:32:41 AM PDT by carumba
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Smokin' Joe

You beat me to it!


5 posted on 06/02/2005 12:32:52 AM PDT by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: DTogo

Not by much!


6 posted on 06/02/2005 12:34:00 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Grant no power to government you would not want your worst enemies to wield against you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: kingattax

While on the same subject, if I stop at a roadside rest area, and it is clean, neat, grass cut trash picked up etc, I always look around for the attendent and compliment him/her on how well the job is being done.

They have a tough job, I'm sure for minimum wage, and if it is being done well, they deserve the attaboy.


7 posted on 06/02/2005 12:34:34 AM PDT by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lokibob

people deserve to be complimented and appreciated for a job well done, no matter what they do....you make an excellent point.


8 posted on 06/02/2005 12:37:07 AM PDT by kingattax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Sabatier
"Most drivers whiz along the nation's highways..." So to speak.

Yeah, I noticed that very interesting choice of words! LOL

9 posted on 06/02/2005 12:50:28 AM PDT by Tabi Katz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: kingattax
About 25 years ago my old drunken roommate cut a hole in his floorboard at his feet so he could "go" whenever he wanted, and he also replaced his wiper fluid with Jack Daniels and re-routed the line so it squirted in his mouth, all so he could drink and drive more efficiently.
10 posted on 06/02/2005 12:57:16 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (OUT OF ORDER)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kingattax; Just another Joe; Madame Dufarge; MeeknMing; steve50; KS Flyover; Cantiloper; metesky; ..
And the anti's are only worried about cigarette butt litter! heh!
11 posted on 06/02/2005 1:13:20 AM PDT by SheLion (God Bless Our Vets and Our Military. We thank them for their service!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SheLion
And the anti's are only worried about cigarette butt litter! heh!

LoL!

One persons pain is another persons relief!

12 posted on 06/02/2005 1:19:54 AM PDT by EGPWS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: SheLion
lol..they are far too obsessed with "butts".

g'mornin :)

13 posted on 06/02/2005 1:20:19 AM PDT by kingattax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Manic_Episode
About 25 years ago my old drunken roommate cut a hole in his floorboard at his feet so he could "go" whenever he wanted, and he also replaced his wiper fluid with Jack Daniels and re-routed the line so it squirted in his mouth, all so he could drink and drive more efficiently.

Good ol' American ingenuity!

Isn't he a Senator from Massachusetts these day's?

14 posted on 06/02/2005 1:23:39 AM PDT by EGPWS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: kingattax
Try sitting in a van doing surveillance for 10 hours...Your BO is ones worst enemy!

Two rules before going out on the job: 1. Have a container 2. Make sure it's leak-proof.

15 posted on 06/02/2005 1:28:53 AM PDT by endthematrix (Thank you US armed forces, for everything you give and have given!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lokibob
If I stop at a roadside rest area, and it is clean, neat, grass cut trash picked up etc...

You must be severely dehydrated to imagine such incredible mirages! I've never seen anything of the sort. I wouldn't be surprised if the truckers use the jugs because they're *more* sanitary than the alternatives.

16 posted on 06/02/2005 1:40:13 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Remind Liberal Cowards Why America Freed Iraq: http://massgraves.info/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: kingattax

"It's better to be pissed off, than pissed on."


17 posted on 06/02/2005 1:55:05 AM PDT by sourcery (Resistance is futile: We are the Blog)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kingattax

Man that is one hero wizz. That trucker has got to cut down on the Coke. (the drinking kind)


18 posted on 06/02/2005 2:06:11 AM PDT by beaver fever
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Manic_Episode
I once took a test drive in a buddies 64 Acadian Beaumont with a fresh 327 installed. He was sitting on an orange crate and I was in the back seat with no floor boards.

Nobody should see a road passing under you and a spinning drive shaft between your legs at 80 mph with a demented driver sitting on a wooden box.
19 posted on 06/02/2005 2:11:02 AM PDT by beaver fever
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: kingattax

...They are trucker bombs, plastic jugs full of urine tossed by truckers, and even non-truckers, who refuse to make a proper potty stop to relieve themselves....O.K....sounds like a good job for all those guys lifting weights in prison....a little roadside litter detail for prisoners......


20 posted on 06/02/2005 2:58:41 AM PDT by Route101
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SheLion; kingattax
"As soon as you look for it you’ll see it," says Megan Warfield, litter programs coordinator at Washington state's Department of Ecology. "You just see them glistening in the sun. It’s just gross."

Wow, what a nice below the radar sinecure, a bureaucrats dream job if ever there was one. They probably had to search for her for a week just to get that quote.

21 posted on 06/02/2005 3:17:03 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: metesky

...and I never heard of a state employee earning minimum wage. I'll be that rest area supervisor could buy and sell you.


22 posted on 06/02/2005 3:22:19 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Route101

...They are trucker bombs, plastic jugs full of urine tossed by truckers, and even non-truckers, who refuse to make a proper potty stop to relieve themselves....O.K....sounds like a good job for all those guys lifting weights in prison....a little roadside litter detail for prisoners....



Remember the Dave Matthews Band " bombed" a boat when it emptied its crapper tank while crossing a bridge .


23 posted on 06/02/2005 3:40:21 AM PDT by Renegade
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: metesky; EGPWS; kingattax
Well, you can all bet that I will keep this thread and throw it into the face of the next anti-smoker that comes down on us about cigarette butt litter!

I would much rather see a few "butts" then pee anyday out there on the HWY! And that's a fact!

At least when someone steps on a "butt" they don't get it all over the sole of their shoe. ewwwwwwwwwww!

24 posted on 06/02/2005 3:53:52 AM PDT by SheLion (God Bless Our Vets and Our Military. We thank them for their service!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: ClaireSolt; Lokibob
Forty-five years ago, in my first real summer job at the Water Works in an eastern MA mill town, we earned more than minimum wage. The idea back then was that you earned less than the same job would pay in the private sector, but made up for it by always having work.

There were no public employees unions back then. The unions have since driven wages sky high. There's no way a guy in charge of the rest areas makes minimum wage, in fact he probably lives better than most folks with "real" jobs.

25 posted on 06/02/2005 3:55:17 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: beaver fever

What in the HELL is an Acadian Beaumont?????


26 posted on 06/02/2005 3:55:34 AM PDT by commonasdirt (Reading DU so you won't hafta)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: beaver fever

Never mind.....found it on a search. The name beaver fever should have clued me in....LOL


27 posted on 06/02/2005 4:01:07 AM PDT by commonasdirt (Reading DU so you won't hafta)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Renegade

L.O.L.....The "Dave Matthews Bomb" was probably a little bigger and picked up a lot more speed on the way down.....


28 posted on 06/02/2005 4:09:04 AM PDT by Route101
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: kingattax

I love this country and it sickens me to see it being treated like this.


29 posted on 06/02/2005 4:26:28 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: carumba

If you're turned off by the sight of pee bottles, then don't get yourself deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan! Bottled water is free to everyone, and at night (for us guys anyway) filling an empty bottle beats leaving your tent for a long walk to the port-a-john. Next morning, toss it in the trash can.


30 posted on 06/02/2005 4:27:31 AM PDT by elcid1970
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: kingattax

Some people's problem could be another persons "gold mine". At many locations in San Francisco's bay area, these jugs full of waste would be a treat. Drop them all off there.


31 posted on 06/02/2005 4:31:07 AM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: newzjunkey
The rest area in the Virgin River (Zion National Park, I-15, between Nev, Ariz, and Utah) has always been pristine. The view is fantastic as an added benefit. People actually camp in the rest area.
32 posted on 06/02/2005 4:39:13 AM PDT by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Lokibob

I see....And how does this relate to tossed pee bottles??


33 posted on 06/02/2005 4:47:36 AM PDT by Route101
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Route101

post#7


34 posted on 06/02/2005 4:52:45 AM PDT by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: kingattax

I do a lot of driving on 95 and havent noticed this pee bomb jugs on the highway, Maybe its a Western thing.

I do wnder about a jug thrown from a truck moving at 75 mph being able to sustain a hit like that, It appears to me it would break open. Another thing if I were using a jug like that I would need a larger opening in the top.


35 posted on 06/02/2005 4:54:39 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sgtbono2002

>>Another thing if I were using a jug like that I would need a larger opening in the top.<<

Braggin', braggin', braggin'!!!!

;-)!


36 posted on 06/02/2005 5:00:51 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Buy Dominos Pizza-save a life (and please tip the driver))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Lokibob

Got it...thank you.....


37 posted on 06/02/2005 5:13:00 AM PDT by Route101
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: sgtbono2002

Maybe they slow down and gently toss it........


38 posted on 06/02/2005 5:14:37 AM PDT by Route101
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: kingattax

Hey I don't know about the rest of you, but I would never throw the whole jug out on the road. I stop and dump it.


39 posted on 06/02/2005 5:23:45 AM PDT by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sgtbono2002
I would need a larger opening in the top.

I have heard the proper technique involves a gallon jug afixed front and center to the driver seat on the floor and a funnel with a flexible neck (surgical tubing) and proper "contact" seal with the funnel opening to make a deposit. My brother in law runs a small fleet. He does the maintenance on the trucks on the weekends and hates emptying the "thunder jugs" as they call them. They don't discard them on the road, they get dumped down a toilet in the shop.

40 posted on 06/02/2005 5:32:06 AM PDT by IamConservative (To worry is to misuse your imagination.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: netmilsmom

Not braggin---poor eysight and bad aim.


41 posted on 06/02/2005 5:38:42 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: IamConservative

Hey!...time is money...I ain't got time to stop and pee!


42 posted on 06/02/2005 5:55:51 AM PDT by Route101
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Sabatier

Maybe that is a job for prisoners.


43 posted on 06/02/2005 6:24:27 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: kingattax
From the article:

"Mowers 'hit them, they explode"

44 posted on 06/02/2005 7:08:39 AM PDT by RippleFire ("It's a joke, son!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: commonasdirt

A Canadian Pontiac nameplate that was used on various models. Not currently used today.


45 posted on 06/02/2005 7:10:51 AM PDT by xp38
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: newzjunkey
I've never seen anything of the sort. [clean, sanitary rest areas]

I notice you fly the Californica flag on your FRProfile page. You've just given me yet another reason to be glad I declined three job offers from companies on the left coast...

46 posted on 06/02/2005 8:43:25 AM PDT by TXnMA (ATTN, ACLU & NAACP: There's no constitutionally protected right to NOT be offended -- Shove It!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SheLion

Yuk!!!! I can't think of another thing to say.


47 posted on 06/02/2005 9:28:07 AM PDT by Mears (Keep the government out of my face!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Nightshift

ping

eewwwwwwwww


48 posted on 06/02/2005 9:29:04 AM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< Impeach Judge Greer http://www.petitiononline.com/ijg520/petition.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: commonasdirt

The Canadian version of a 64 Chevy II or a Nova. It came in a two door HT with a 327 3 speed auto.

I knew a guy who drove one to California and people would follow him around and try to buy it from him because they never saw one before.

All the US auto makers in the sixties had Canadian versions of US makes. They're now quite rare and valuable.


49 posted on 06/02/2005 10:45:27 AM PDT by beaver fever
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: sourcery
This is a test...

Resistance is futile: We are the Blog!

50 posted on 06/02/2005 4:35:57 PM PDT by sourcery (Resistance is futile: We are the Blog)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-56 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson