Mashable had some fun over the weekend with the story of Alex Thompson, the 45-year-old female freelance photographer who also operates the neighborhood crime watch Twitter account @Venice311. The article begins with some 18th century town caller framing and moves on to this, under the sub-headline “A Crappy Beginning:”:
Thompson’s story begins in a way all good epics should: with a steaming pile of sewage.
“So I’m walking out of my house in Venice, right? And I can’t believe what I see,” she told Mashable. “Some guy had just dumped over 50 gallons of raw sewage from his RV onto the street.”
New York-based Mashable intern Eric Larson does a nice job of explaining how Thompson bought a police scanner, became instantly horrified by what she heard and grew into a role that is supported by local LAPD. She is currently closing in on 13,000 Twitter followers.