The city assigns each street a designated day for leaving out large items for pickup. Yesterday, I put out a stroller, in the hope that someone would find it and use it. When a friend emailed that she wanted it, I went down to retrieve it.
While there, I met a neighbor from across the street. He identified the pile above as the contents of his building’s bomb shelter. The clothes and mattresses had become infested with fleas that spread to the whole building. The fleas, and not the security situation, forced them to prepare the shelter in case of war.
This inspired me to write up a notice for my own building. No doubt our shelter looks like theirs used to. I left space for the residents to sign that they have removed everything, including things they no longer want, from the shelter. If they don’t take care of it within a week, they will have to share in the cost of the removal. I wrote that it’s not acceptable for individuals to use the shelter for their private needs and thus endanger the security of the neighbors. As a bonus, I mentioned the fleas.
When I showed the sign to the head of the residents’ committee, she pointed out that some people keep tables and beds for their sukkah. We agreed to add in a line saying that special requests should be discussed with the neighbor. But I sure hope those mattresses don’t have any fleas.
Related: Unofficial Guide to Israeli Vermin (Humorous post, also containing a definitive guide for getting rid of lice)