Watchout! Crime Scene Analysis

This may look like any other peel, dropped inadvertently by some daft and irresponsible pedestrian. But the scene actually reveals a level of sophistication that indicates a premeditated act by an experienced individual. If you look closely, you’ll see the peel still has some soggy flesh inside, making it especially slippery. It’s also placed in a strategic spot, right where a passenger would step when getting out of the car. Perhaps most significantly, it looks like someone peeled it from the bottom — a rare, possibly signature technique, that could help catch the culprit. If you see other peels with the same M.O., please alert us immediately.

Watchout! Bad Bunch

Our local gourmet grocery store is hit or miss. Their food is many times more expensive than other shops, and we’ve learned you should always check your receipt after leaving, because the cashiers can sometimes get careless and charge you for two clusters of cotton-candy grapes instead of one. On the other hand, you can usually get furikake or chestnut puree for a decent price. Sometimes, solicitors loiter outside with clipboards, calling out to customers as they go in and out of the store. They are usually harmless, but once or twice have been overly aggressive. This shriveled bunch was lurking outside in the parking lot on September 27. They were hiding behind a pole, but I spotted them immediately. They claim to be organic, but I can never tell with bananas.


Watchout! Security Breach

I spotted this peel on December 20 on Clement Street in San Francisco, trying to escape from a closed Chinese herbs shop. Luckily, the bars held fast.


He won’t get far!

Watchout! Possible Signal


A reader spotted this specimen in a parking lot back in August. The reader was concerned that it may have intentionally placed itself in this numbered space, as an attempt to communicate with other peels. I don’t know for sure, but I can’t rule it out, either.

Watchout! Gross-out!

On November 18, I was walking to my car after work in Glendale. It was already dark out, and I was imagining the delicious dinner I would make when I got home. Then I came across this nasty scrap of a peel rotting on the curb, and immediately lost my appetite.


Thanks a lot for spoiling my dinner!

Watchout! Banana Peels in the Big Apple

A while back, The Wall Street Journal reported that people in New York eat about 600 million bananas a year. That’s 1,643,835 bananas a day. That would explain why, on a recent trip there, we documented 4 peels in one day. Imagine how many more we missed! Thankfully we made it home safely.


The Kraken of Brooklyn waits for its next victim.



On Oct. 11, someone threw all their snacks at the trash can, and missed.


A bottle of gin and a coupla bananas: the makings of a great dinner date? Or was this a passive-aggressive move by an angry drunk? Either way, somebody left their trash on the street for everyone to see.


That mop might come in handy if someone slips on that peel.

Thanks Daniel for the great photos!

Watchout! Party’s Over

On Sunday mornings, the sidewalks are littered with the relics of Saturday night’s debauchery. Many times, I have gone out for coffee on a Sunday morning and stepped over champagne corks, confetti, wigs and mustaches, empty liquor bottles, and much worse.  Last Sunday around noon, I spotted this menace haunting a shuttered cannabis club on Melrose Avenue.

2016.1.9. Melrose Ave

It only looks like it’s sleeping.

Watchout! Tragic downfall

After being discarded, this peel was treated roughly by the unforgiving Los Angeles traffic and a poorly maintained street. Although disgraced and reviled, like an impoverished princess in ragged finery, it still wears its bright blue sticker, that distinct emblem of quality, reminding us of its proud heritage, and that once, not so long ago, it was a fine, ripe piece of fruit.



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Watchout! Living Nightmare

Last night I had a dream about a cursed photograph. This morning, I found this nightmare lying in wait next to my car. Fortunately, the day got better from there.

They weren't even ripe yet -- whoever ate these must have been desperate.

They weren’t even ripe yet — still green and stringy.  Whoever ate these must have been desperate. But desperation is no excuse for reckless littering.

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Watchout: Ominous shadow


This thinly disguised peel tried to blend in among the other debris on Vermont Avenue back on July 14. I hope I cast a shadow over its sinister plans!

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