Meeting With Precinct Commander Puts Can Collector Fights Back in Spotlight

DNA Info reports that at a Community Board 3 committee meeting last week, local residents complained to Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lehr, the commander of the Ninth Precinct, about a bottle redemption center outside of the Fine Fare on Avenue C and Fourth Street that they said was a hub of fighting, public defecation and urination, and other “beyond disgusting” behavior. A year ago, The Local reported that the redemption center in front of Key Food Supermarket at Fourth Street near Avenue A was also the site of fights, including one in which “one lady punched another lady in the face and knocked her out cold,” according to a store employee. Read that story here, and watch the accompanying video –  about a few of the can collectors, who can make $800 to $1,300 per month – above.