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It'll Sweep the Hat Off Your Head

Ray Slay, Litter Control Sweeper Service

On the 23rd of November I went to work, as usual, at Litter Control Sweeper Service in Georgia. A funny thing happened to me that night.

It was a windy, cool night about 12:30 am. I was just finishing up at an account. The lot was clean, and I was getting the curb line and trash bags. I got out of the sweeper and went to the back of the truck while the sweeper engine was still running. Just then a gust of wind came by and blew my hat off my head. Before I could turn around I heard a suction sound, and I thought to myself that I hope that wasn't my hat! sweeper pulls off hat

Sure enough, I had to go inside the hopper and retrieve my hat. It was slightly wet around the brim and back, so I dried it with the heater in the truck and then washed it when I went home.

Next day I told my boss and we had a good laugh. If you're not careful "you can sweep the hat off your head."

This article is reprinted from American Sweeper magazine, v2n1 1992.

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