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Officials Crack Down on ‘Gum Control’
A downtown improvement agency is deploying a new weapon in its battle against wads of discarded chewing gum. Officials first spotted the device called GumBuster on an episode of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" series but couldn’t swallow the distributor’s $6,200 price tag for a new GumBuster, generator and other accessories.
As custodians of one of Connecticut’s poorest cities, Bridgeport officials are often confronted with the need to find the least expensive solutions to sticky problems. They found the best answer to this sticky situation on the Internet for about one third the cost of what the GumBuster distributor was asking.
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District snagged the gum removal machine for $1,300 on the online eBay auction site, bought a $300 generator at a local discount lumber yard-- and quickly got down to the business of unsticking the unsightly mess from downtown sidewalks.
Officials say it's about as easy as,
well _ walking and chewing gum at the same time, according to a
Connecticut Post article,