Suspicious Belle Glade Garbage Truck Explained: Dude Has No Idea How to Read Odometer

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On Tuesday, we had a story looking at suspicious use of a Belle Glade garbage truck -- the mileage records were a mess and seemed to suggest something shady was happening that caused the use of the truck to skyrocket earlier this year while gas use was suspiciously low.

Well, we've got our answer. Was it a garbage-hauling side job put on the taxpayer dime? A city commissioner using it for trips to Tallahassee?

Nah. Garbage man doesn't know how to read the meter.

The main issue was a drastic jump in the mileage between February and April -- suddenly, there were more than 6,000 extra miles on a truck that accrued only 5,200 the previous year or so. Not helping matters was that multiple entries listed the mileage as "4321" instead of, you know, the mileage. It looked fishy. I called Belle Glade officials, and they either didn't call back or said they weren't given permission to talk.

And then MAOS blogger Chaz Stevens, who filed a complaint with the State Attorney's Office about the matter, got this photo:
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via Chaz Stevens
Well, damn. Looks like somebody switched the odometer over to kilometers -- probably right around when that big jump in mileage happened. And when it comes to the "4321" entries in mileage records, they appear to be referencing... the transmission display.

So it looks like the answer to the "what's going on here?" question is that the guy driving Truck 707 has no idea how to fill out a form and just writes down whatever number he sees first. Not quite as bad as an AWOL garbage truck.

As for Stevens, he emailed the state attorney (and Belle Glade officials) yesterday retracting his complaint and put up a post on his site explaining what happened: "Bit in the ass by the goddamn metric system." The original post appears to have been taken down.
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gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Whatever Chaz - don't take it so hard.  When looking for the dirt, sometimes the dirt gets you.  Keep up your fanatical searches; you usually come up with something good!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Thanks...

I come from an engineering background -- and learned early on to admit your mistakes...  Take ownership for your errors.

I was taught "if you never try, you will never do."

As a blogger, I realize the power to injure with false accusations.  So the last thing I want to do is hammer some poor SOB that can't read a speedometer.

Also the PB SAO is doing amazing work, so I don't want them to waste time on crap that's wrong.  I want them to realize I won't submit bad intel, and when I do, I'll do my best to fix it up.

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