210. Goats are being hired to do the work of men in a neighborhood just outside of San Diego. The fires that occurred in Hillborough four years ago destroyed thirty homes, most of which have been rebuilt. While contractors were rebuilding the homes, nature was regrowing the grasses, bushes, and shrubs. The area is now so overgrown in brush that it again poses a major fire hazard.
The city council asked for bids to remove the brush. The lowest bid they received was $50,000. And that was if the city provided breakfast and lunch for the work crews for the six weeks it would take to clear the overgrown area. The city countered, offering unlimited coffee (black only) and a doughnut a day for each crew member. When that offer was rejected, the city asked for help on its website.
A sheepherder in Montana and a goatherder in San Bernardino read about the city's plight while surfing the web on their laptops. They both offered to do the job for $25,000. The council chose the goatherder because he lived closer.
When told that the city dump was overflowing, the goatherder said, "No problem. My goats will eat everything in your dump. Except for the automobile engines, of course." So, for another $5,000, the city killed two birds with one stone. If all goes well, they will invite the goatherder and his "family" back every three years. The goatherder said he will probably visit San Diego while his goats are in the dump. "I want to take one of those hang‐glider rides. I just hope we don't crash. My goats would miss me a lot," he said.
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Vocabulary: automobile bid brush bush contractor council counter crash destroy doughnut dump engine goat hang‐glider hazard invite laptop neighborhood occur offer plight pose reject sheepherder shrub surf
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