Garbage Men Were Met With a Surprise Complaint

There are unsung heroes all around us - nurses, doctors, cleaners, garbagemen... they are working ceaselessly every day so that we can enjoy the lives we have. For garbagemen, what to do is no easy task, especially during 2020 with everything around them. However, one day two garbagemen were baffled by an unusual complaint...

Two Garbagemen 

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Image Credits: Shutterstock/aldas/For Illustrative Purpose

The story begins with two garbagemen in Miami Beach, Florida - Saul Scruggs and Keon Richardson. They have been doing this for years, and they're well known in the community for the hard work they do. Handling and disposing of garbage all around the area is no easy task, but they held on to their duty. 

Years of Hard Work 

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Image Credits: Pixabay/tammon/For Illustrative Purpose

Florida is a sunny state - and the heat is unbearable at times. Sweating days after days, years after years, Scruggs and Richardson held on to their duty, not complaining a bit. For them, it's more than a job - they're part of the community, and they're doing the best they can to contribute to their community... 

Simple Acts of Kindness

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Image Credits: Shutterstock/M2020/For Illustrative Purpose

As dire as it seems, they still want to go above and beyond - after all, serving their community is what really matters, and they're always to go the extra step to contribute to their community. Over the years, they helped numerous people out of their own kindness, spending their own precious times just to help the people in need. 

The Extra Step

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Image Credits: Shutterstock/Kzenon/For Illustrative Purpose

Have you thrown out valuable belongings by accident along with the trash? It happens to all of us at some point, so you probably know how desperate it can be to discover that some sentimental belongings are lost forever, buried in landfills, never to be found again. But with Scruggs and Richardson's help, not all hope is lost... 

The Lost Ring

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Image Credits: Pixabay/Charles Davis/For Illustrative Purpose

One act of kindness that Scruggs and Richardson shed on the community was a time when a local resident lost her wedding ring - something of unspeakable values, values beyond monetary means. However, Scruggs and Richardson decided to help her sift through the garbage for 45 minutes, just to help her find the ring again. And that's not the only time when they went above and beyond...

Saving Lives 

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Image Credits: Pixabay/Alina Kuptsova/For Illustrative Purpose

Garbagemen saving lives? Well, things happen around us all the time, and you might be the only one at the time and place who can make all the difference. Another incident, while they were on duty, was when a local resident suffered from heart problems. Despite their tight schedule, they decided to stay with the resident and wait for the ambulance. Therefore, when their boss informed them of a complaint in 2020, they were very much concerned about what happened. 

An Unusual Complaint 

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Image Credits: Shutterstock/Fractal Pictures/For Illustrative Purpose

Sure, you cannot please everyone in the world. But receiving a complaint is still somewhat of a shock for the two garbagemen - what have they done wrong? Did they miss anything? Thoughts went rushing through Scruggs and Richardson's head, as they were baffled as to what happened. 

Dire Times 

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Image Credits: Pixabay/Daniel Twal/For Illustrative Purpose

Well, it's 2020, and you know how rough things have been this year. Everyone underwent drastic changes in their lives this year, one way or another. With the situation in place, it places everyone at risk - for Scruggs and Richardson, they still work ceaselessly during the outbreak, fulfilling their duty as essential workers under dire circumstances... Therefore, when they hear about a complaint, they were more than frustrated... 

Meeting Their Supervisor

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Image Credits: Shutterstock/Juice Flair/For Illustrative Purpose

Their supervisor did not provide them with the exact details of the complaint - all they were was that there was a complaint against them... but that's enough to send them on their toes. Sure, things are rough around, and everyone is stressed out over the pandemic, but what was it that they did really worth the effort for someone to file a complaint? 

Life Goes On... Until...

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Image Credits: Pixabay/bluebudgie/For Illustrative Purpose

But well, life goes on - disheartened for sure, but they understand their duty and the importance of it. So the very next day, they donned their gear, got into the truck, and got on with their day. It was supposed to be another regular day, but then when they got to the meeting spot, they were met with an unexpected scene... 

Crowds Gathering 

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Image Credits: Shutterstock/jan kranendonk/For Illustrative Purpose

Instead of garbage bins, they were met with a huge crowd awaiting their arrival... what is this all about? They thought. What have they done that attracts such a gigantic crowd? Did they really mess up something badly? They weren't ready for this. However, what the crowd did next was totally out of their expectation... 

Appreciation 

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Image Credits: WPLG-TV/Screenshot

Instead of anger and confrontation, they were met with warm welcome and smiles - what is this all about? But then they saw the signs people carrying, and they instantly understood what happened... They were trying to thank them! For the work they did in these dire times! Flowers, balloons... all the celebratory signs. But there's one thing that really matters to them..

A Special Gift

Image Credits: Facebook/Jennifer Channing Elegant

Image Credits: Facebook/Jennifer Channing Elegant

Among the things they were gifted, one thing stood out the most - plaques. Yes, they even received a plaque of appreciation for the good work they did under these dire times. But hold on, there's more to it - the man who presented them with the plaque was the Miami Beach mayor himself! And the mayor has something to say about this. 

Words from the Mayor

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Image Credits: Facebook/Jennifer Channing Elegant

"The pandemic can bring out the worse in people or it can bring out the best in people and they wanted to express some thanks to them today. I think that's wonderful," said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. But believe this or not, it was not the mayor who organized the event... 

Jennifer Elegant

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Image Credits: Facebook/Jennifer Channing Elegant

Scruggs and Richardson had been working ceaselessly and dutifully for years, and they earned respect from the community - and it was a local resident who decided they deserve more recognition than they got. Jennifer Elegant, the resident who organized the event, said of the following:

"I am so grateful to know these two extraordinary men, Saul Scruggs and Keon Richardson! Their positive energy and relentless acts of kindness inspire me, spread joy, and make the world a better place! Saul's secret to happiness: appreciating waking up each morning." 

In times of trouble like this, it surely is heartwarming to see positive things like this happening - a little appreciation and kindness can really go a long way. What do you think of this story? Do you think Scruggs and Richardson deserve it? Would you like to do the same for the essential workers you know, perhaps? If this story brightened up your day, why not share this with your friends and family to brighten up their day as well?

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