Monday, March 7, 2011

These garbagemen hit ground running

Willie "Pop"Brown, Waymon Bowden Sr., and Felton Miller worked hard, fast
I always wondered how long a day garbagemen had.

Not so long afterall, if they can help it.

They just work fast. Real fast.

Waymon Bowden Sr., newly retired from the City of Bradenton after 34 years, said he and his crew would be on the road by 5:30 a.m. and often be done with their route by 9:30 a.m.

Sometimes 8:30 a.m.

They hit it hard each of their four 10-hour days.

"We could've stretched it out until 3:30 p.m., but we got after it," the 61-year-old Bradenton native said. "It doesn't matter whether you get the job done in 10 hours or five. Just so long as you do the job. The money is the same."

But they worked for it.

Oh, yeah.

"Whether someone set out two garbage cans or 10. We emptied them all," Bowden said. "We ran."

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