CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – City Streets and Sanitation workers say they were shocked when they walked into a garbage truck garage that had been converted into a temporary clinic for wellness screenings.
Streets and San employee Marty Zamora told WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller that, in his 29 years with the city, he’s seen a lot of garbage, but when he saw that a garbage truck garage at Ferdinand Street and Tripp Avenue had temporarily been converted to a wellness clinic – where blood was being drawn for cholesterol and triglyceride tests – he and his co-workers “thought it was something unreal. I mean, are we seeing this?”
“The floors and walls were all covered in dirt,” he said. “Maggots and rats tend to show up at night, so we decided not to take this test.”
He also said the garage “reeked of garbage and decay.”
Photos taken by a Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation worker show the stains on the floor of a garbage truck garage that was serving as a temporary clinic for wellness screenings. Workers said the floors and walls were covered in dirt, and the garage reeked of garbage.
“We were appalled, and disgusted, and felt there was no hygiene at all,” he said. “Ethiopian camps out there look better than this thing. I’ve never seen something so bad.”
The Department of Streets and Sanitation said it’s looking into the issue.