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October 4, 2012 3:57 PM Subscribe
Why do I keep finding individual latex gloves on the sidewalk in my neighborhood?
posted by joan_holloway to Society & Culture (45 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Yes, it is pretty ridiculous that I am spending my weekly Ask on this, but inquiring minds want to know! My husband and I have been wondering this for years.
Four years ago when I moved to my new neighborhood (Capitol Hill, Seattle) I noticed that anywhere I walked I could usually spot a single latex glove discarded outside. Walk to the corner store? Oh look, there's a latex glove hanging out on the sidewalk! Going into the garage to get my husband's car? Latex glove on the stairs! Sitting on my stoop on a cool evening? Latex glove in the bushes next door!
Please help me brainstorm where/who they might be coming from? My first thought is that they are related to needle drug use but wouldn't there be two discarded gloves, not just one? There's never a second glove anywhere nearby. The gloves look stretched out, indicating they were worn, but they never look dirty/bloody/covered in, um, fecal matter or anything else that might give clues as to their origin or use.
I'm also curious why I see this in my neighborhood but not elsewhere. As far as I know, Capitol Hill does not have any uniquely large camps of people in need of latex gloves or clinics where they may be coming from. Ideas, anybody?