Sideswipe: August 28: Separated at birth 2


Mixed messages
Suzanne from Green Bay wants to know whether other readers let their teens go to bed with their devices. "I caught my daughter on her iPod two hours after bedtime and wonder if we should take it off her (she uses it as her alarm to get up). The father figure (aka 'good cop') says he was allowed to listen to his Walkman when he went to bed and sees no difference, but I think messaging someone after bedtime winds them up not down (like a book)."

Putting up with rubbish
"I live on the North Shore and get sick of the vultures coming to go through people's rubbish, steal (yes, it is stealing, I checked with the police) what they can make a quick buck out of and leave the place an absolute mess," writes a reader. "A couple in a truck very nearly ran over my daughter as they used our driveway as a turnaround point. I've also had two undesirables get into a fight over a mattress further down the road. I feel very unsafe in my own neighbourhood at inorganics time."

End of an era
"This is the last street inorganic collection for Auckland," declares this reader.

"After June 2015 (assuming the council hasn't scrapped inorganic collections completely) all of Auckland will be on the same page, and will have to pre-book for a collection inside their property. It's the end of an era, but considering how much stuff gets ruined, it's for the best."

A modern-day fable. (Via @JohnnyGeller on Twitter)

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