The Good Garbage Bandit
Ruby was a city girl. She knew good “bling” when she found it. She loves color and always wants to mix and match her makeshift wardrobe. She wants to be like her BFF’s because they have class. Ruby’s hangout is in an old battered garbage can the elementary school cooks forgot about and missed while cleaning up after the spring school FIELD DAY event last year. It is the perfect hiding place for an orphaned baby raccoon to hide because it is behind the largest downtown elementary school in San Diego, California.
Ruby is an urban raccoon. She believes she was made to live in nice soft dwellings like her pizza crust lined Pre-Galvanized Metal Commercial-Duty 32 gallon school garbage can. She didn’t like her natural home, a hole in the top of an old rotten log in the deciduous forests of the California Sierra-Nevada Mountains because these wild raccoon homes were cold, wet, sticky, prickly and horrible hiding places. This area also had a critter problem, as Ruby always had a hard time hiding from the buzzing, biting bugs, which kept Ruby forever itching. To make things worse for an orphaned baby raccoon, food hopped and moved all the time out there in the wild. It was hard to catch and her belly never stopped growling. Here behind the school at the far end of the playground she could secretly roll her old tin garbage home anywhere, anytime to pick up scraps and leftovers that fell out of lunch bags; finding an abundance of food lying on the playground half eaten.
School food was good and yummy. It was sometimes soft and gooey or crisp and chewy. The best part about it was school food seldom wiggled and was easy to hold in herdexterous front paws and her long fingers made it easy to test taste and feast on a wide variety of food fare. The school hosted weekly sporting events where concession stands were set up to accommodate the crowds. Ruby’s favorite weekend treat was pink, fluffy, sweet cone shaped “poofy candy” on a white stick, even though her paws stuck to everything days after the cotton candy was gone.
No one discovered Ruby’s home until the Active Threat Scenario Pep Rally where the school janitors rounded up, brought in and lined up all the school trash cans in the school gym to be used in a training demonstration to stop the bad guys…..