No one could say it was a dream job, but in this economy – “work was work.” Tim had left college with a few GCSEs and a NVQ Certificate in Engineering Operations, and this would do for now. His job: Plant Operator at the local sewage treatment plant.
“Okay, Tim,” Doug, his shift leader said. “Here are the filter troughs, and as you can see, the slurry trucks collect from here.
Tim looked puzzled by the randomly spaced tomato plants that lined the pathway near the troughs.
“What are those? Some kind of garden?” he asked.
“Nah, You see sometimes the filters clog and there is a temporary overflow from the troughs to the surrounding area. The human body ain’t great at digesting tomato seeds so they settle into the surrounding dirt, and with the high quality fertilizer leaking, they just kinda spring up,” Doug explained.
“Why don’t you chop them down?” Tim asked with a disgusted look on his face.
“Nah, they are good eating,” Doug observed as he picked one, rubbing it on his jacket and then taking a bite.
[182 words and sadly based on a true story.]