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Steel Toe, Work Boot Harvest.  They don't grow on trees. They hang from wires.  RSS feed

 
Dale Hodgins
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Harvest boots, and reduce drug trafficking, without kicking anybody. ☺
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I sometimes harvest work boots from wires around the city. A long reach pole pruner is used to cut the laces.
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For various reasons, some people tie the laces together and throw shoes and boots up over the wires, thus creating an eyesore and an easily harvested resource. The laces are tied together and then the shoes are thrown like a bola, toward the wires. The more intoxicated the thrower, the more tries it takes to get this right.
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 The people who throw their boots and shoes over the hydro and telephone wires, are often drug dealers. The shoes or boots hung in the air, act as a beacon. This helps losers to find a supply of dope.
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 On several occasions,  I have spotted boots while I'm driving down the road with my tree pruning pole. I have cut down shoes that look promising, but I usually only go for steel toed work boots.

 It seems like the perfect public service. One of my guys gets a pair of boots, the cable lines are less likely to blow down and a dope dealer sells a little less.

 I wonder if the boots actually belong to the dealer who uses them as a beacon. Welfare often gives boots, gloves and hardhats to the chronically unemployed. Our tax dollars at work. I wish that they would put the gloves inside the boots. Bright orange hard hats would make nice beacons as well. One stop shopping. 😂
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 I hired a young man the other day, and he worked out great. He showed up in boots that were far too big and completely worn out.
 Today,  he will be rewarded with a nice pair of barely used boots in his size. He lives downtown and is more sick of druggies than I am.  He seems pleased about the origin of the boots.
 
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I would be curious about your personal basis for believing the "drug dealer marking territory" theory of why people throw shoes up onto overhead lines. It's one of about half-a-dozen theories presented in the Snopes entry about the phenomenon, but Snopes chickens out on this and doesn't offer an opinion on the relative merits of any of the theories.

As for me, after the first time a honey locust thorn nailed my cheap rubber Walmart sneaker to my foot and I had to go get tetanus shots and antibiotics, I decided that not having decent boots was no longer an option, even if I can't afford decent boots at new prices. Not living in a place where free work boots appear on overhead wires, I resorted to buying some nice $200 (new price) boots off of eBay for $20, cheerfully accepting a fair bit of wear and cosmetic issues to get that price. My love (who was even less impressed by the whole sneakers-nailed-to-foot episode than I was) then bought me some titanium insoles for another $20. Now she gives me the stink-eye whenever I can't be bothered to put on my good boots before wandering out into the woods...
 
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I was told about the drug thing by a regular user. Kids being ass holes probably accounts for much of the phenomenon.

The best way to get new boots in BC, is to locate a useless guy, who has been given some by welfare. If they aren't going to use them, someone should.
 
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