Old couch brings new life to community

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – A discarded piece of furniture turns into a little fun for one community.

Over the weekend, drivers called police about a couch blocking the roadway near the intersection of Chambersburg Road and Brandt Pike.

“If it was in front of a residential area and a house, you would think ‘oh it’s for bulk pick up.’ But because it was right in front of Speedway– which also has a bus stop– it just looked really odd that somebody would just leave it there,” said Martina McKever.

“Unfortunately it was on a Friday evening, when we received the call, and rather than expending overtime to remove it from the side of the road– we waited until Monday to get it taken care of,” said City Manager, Rob Schommer.

With two days of couch time, residents took to social media.

“The first person to take a selfie with it– come over to Fricker’s and I’ll buy you a beer.”

Within twenty minutes, people were posing for photos and posting them to Facebook.

“We don’t want people trashing up our city, or our city streets or our neighborhood– so we turned it into kind of a sense of humor type of thing,” said Janell Smith.

“With all the stuff going on, going on in the city, it’s just nice to have something to laugh at. Even if it was just for a day and a half,” said Bryan Detty.

City workers removed the couch early Monday morning, but residents weren’t finished.

They’re now ordering t-shirts, with the saying “#Hubercouch lives on.”

Part of the proceeds will go towards “Every Warrior Plays”– the school district’s pay-to-play program.

“We have such a great community, and when we all work together, this could be the best community in the Miami Valley area,” Smith said.

Schommer wanted to remind residents that dumping furniture or garbage is considered littering. Anyone caught leaving trash in a public place, can be fined at least $100.

The city does have services to pick up bulk items. To schedule a pick-up, call 1-800-543-1339.

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