Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Ellen Collett’s work has been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Utne Reader, and WordRiot. She spent fifteen years in the entertainment business before a career in law enforcement and crime analysis in Los Angeles.
She neglects to mention the coins that dot the walkway in front of the prison’s main doors. As you leave, you bend over for a penny and discover the coin is sticky with ejaculate. Cheers and howls erupt from the many floors above your head, and more coins rain down, along with obscene invitations. You drop the penny and wipe your fingers on your pants, but the damage is done. They now have your measure.