Mystery ‘garbage man’ solved after neighbors finally discover man bringing up bins

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Mystery ‘garbage man’ solved after neighbors finally discover man bringing up bins
Mystery ‘garbage man’ solved after neighbors finally discover man bringing up bins. Courtesy of Melody Luttenegger.

Every morning on garbage day residents of a Wisconsin neighborhood would set out to bring their garbage bins in from the street only to find the task had already been done.

The mysterious ‘garbage man’ left residents in a state of confused appreciation.

Melody Luttenegger, who recently moved to the area said, “It was so strange because all of a sudden our garbage cans were just showing up.” “We have such a long driveway and I thought maybe the garbage company is bringing our garbage”.

When she found the garbage company wasn’t responsible, Luttenegger became determined to find the mystery ‘garbage man’ to give him a proper thank you.

Mystery ‘garbage man’ solved after neighbors finally discover man bringing up bins
Mystery ‘garbage man’ solved after neighbors finally discover man bringing up bins. Courtesy of Melody Luttenegger.

The day before Christmas Eve Luttenegger and her 9-month-old son, Mason, waited outside with a gift for their mystery helper.

At 8:21 am the Luttenegger’s 75-year-old neighbor, Dick Pontzloff, marched up the drive with the bins in hand.

Pontzloff said, “When I retired, I got sick of doing nothing, so I started going around and picking up garbage cans. Not just certain ones, everyone’s.”

Pontzloff goes out every Thursday morning on his bike to enjoy the brisk Wisconsin breeze and help out his community. “I’ve been from Wisconsin most of my life. I’ve always loved winter,” he said.

“For someone random to just do that, it doesn’t go unnoticed,” said Luttenegger. “You know the kindness that strangers give is an unexplainable feeling. And he doesn’t even realize how nice of a gesture it is and how much we appreciate it,”

Melody and Mason Luttenegger wait outside every Thursday to say Good Morning to Pontzloff.

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