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Sometimes one mattress is not enough for one pickup truck. How about 21 of them?

My neighbor rescues mattresses (and many other things) bound for landfills and donates them to folks in Mexico who can use them. He pokes a mattress a couple of feet above our heads and asks, “What’s wrong with this mattress? Nothing! Perfectly good.”

I have to ask: “Don’t the cops pull you over with this many mattresses?”

“No, I’m totally legal, under the height and weight limit for the truck. I’ve even got the extra-heavy-duty truck tires. Once I install the extra bars over the cab, I’ll be able to put five more mattresses up there.”

“Have you ever lost one (or more)? “

“No. See those straps? Those are compression straps. These guys who use rope and twine, they are the problem.”

He will be making the run to Mexico in a couple of hours. I wish him good luck.

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HonestGovernment April 25, 2013 @ 2:03 p.m.

This is great. So many of the things that people on this side of the border throw out, or cannot sell or give away here, can be used by people elsewhere. Blankets, sheets, old bikes, camping gear, and dishes, for example. If your friend wants to let you post a contact number or email, I'd be happy to let him know when I know of useful items for free.


Letter to the Editor Aug. 16, 2013 @ 10:44 a.m.

You profiled this man, who saves mattresses ETC from landfills and delivers them to needy folks in Tijuana. But there is no contact information for him. Do you know how I can reach him? I have a bed (at least) which I wish to donate. Please help! Thanx. JimC


Ahteecee Feb. 19, 2014 @ 5:01 p.m.

it would be helpful if he was contactable somehow....


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