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Walking - > Cans -> Bottle Return = WIN-WIN!

If you see a man walking and picking up cans in Shelby Township, Rochester or Rochester Hills . . . that might just be Angelo. Give him a "thumbs-up!"

I was feeling kinda melancholy today . . . not really my nature . . . until I met Angelo at the bottle return.   You've got to hear his story!


I was mindlessly inserting my bottles & cans into the return chute. (boring!)  I noticed the gentleman next to me meticulously placing the cans onto the chute.  

He took a 2 liter flattened plastic bottle and said, "Watch this!"  He blew air into it so that the bottle inflated, and placed it in chute.  (It worked - bottle accepted.)


Long story short  . . . Angelo and I got to talking. He's close to 80 years old and is a retired electrical engineer.  A few years ago he had a heart attack.  Since that time he walks about 2 miles every day.  And while he walks . . . he picks up bottles and cans.  Angelo picks up 40-50 cans a day!  You'll be amazed at how much money he's accumulated just by doing that.


If you see a man walking and picking up cans in Shelby Township, Rochester or Rochester Hills . . . that might just be Angelo.  Give him a "thumbs-up!"


Angelo, thanks for inspiring me and I'm sure others who read your story!

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Marina Cracchiolo (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Cute story, Nancy. Thanks for sharing.
Nancy Smith December 03, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Angelo brightened my day! I hope the story will bring a smile and a lightened heart to others.
Frustrated Old Man December 03, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I sincerely hope Angelo doesn't get sick, putting his mouth on bottles he picks up on the side of the road. Someone should advise him.
Nancy Smith December 04, 2012 at 02:43 AM
He keeps his hands together in a fist and blows through them. It didn't appear that he was putting his mouth directly on the bottles. Good of you to be concerned about his health.

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