Sorting Trays Return Homeless Milk Bottles to Owners (Oct, 1931)

Sorting Trays Return Homeless Milk Bottles to Owners

THERE are all kinds of detectives in the world, but the most novel to enter the field of crime is the “milk bottle detective,” whose job it is to round up all the lost, strayed or stolen bottles and return them to their rightful owner.

These detectives visit the various dairies and check up on the number of bottles returned by mistake and send’ in a report to the exchange men, who in turn collect the bottles, take them to the exchange plant where they are washed and sorted. They then notify the rightful owner, who pays two cents in place of the usual five cents, which is the cost of a new bottle. This system is estimated to have saved Los Angeles milk dealers about $1500 a day.

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