Once we put our trash out on the curb, it's hard not to consider its contents out of our lives. And unless a strong wind or a raccoon knocks over the can and makes our trash our problem once again, we're usually right to do so.
But once these things leave our lives, they enter the lives of those tasked to take them away for us. And there's a chance that those sanitation workers know more about what we're throwing away than we might realize.
But while that may be an uncomfortable thought, it was downright lifesaving when one New York City resident decided to treat a living being as trash.