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Former janitor gladly picks up after litterbugs

January 03, 2011
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DETROIT — Discovery Channel host Mike Rowe doesn''t have a monopoly on filthy, disgusting work; Redford Township resident Bob Scobie does it on a daily basis, but with nowhere near the fanfare, according to the Free Press.
Though Scobie, 52, has never had to clean septic tanks, feed slop to pigs or earn his keep as a maggot farmer like Rowe, the popular host of "Dirty Jobs," he''s an authority on cleaning up after slobs — namely litterbugs, the article stated.
For the past 16 years, the unemployed janitor''s business literally has been picking up, the article noted.
According to the article, he doesn''t even earn a cent for all his work but does it out of the kindness of his heart.
"I''m just trying to do my part to keep the area clean and safe for people," Scobie said as he dutifully patrolled the area one cold morning, snatching fast-food containers, plastic water bottles, broken glass, metal fragments and the occasional discarded tire from in between the sidewalks and roadway.
Though he doesn''t receive any money, he has earned the respect and admiration of grateful neighbors and local workers who marvel at his civic dedication and occasionally offer him a hot cup of coffee, a bottle of soda or a friendly thumbs-up, the article added.
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