Sunnyside, NY–A middle-aged Hispanic woman lifted two gigantic bags of cans out of her grocery trolley on Monday and began to unload them into a recepticle outside of the Associated store on 45th Street.
The pile of cans represented a day’s work, the woman said in broken English. At 5 cents per can, the woman said she had probably accumulated about “veinticinco dólares” ($25:00). The woman was talking to other collectors who had gathered around the recepticle– and who had got to know one other over time. There was a young girl helping her disheveled mother.