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NEW ORLEANS - A home security video, shot in the 3700 block of Octavia Street in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans shows a Richard's Disposal crew at work.

Instead of collecting garbage, the workers appear to be having fun, throwing water on each other and running through yards yelling 'pool party.'

'It's pretty disturbing,' said Broadmoor neighbor Lawson Box. 'It's very unprofessional. They seem to have some discipline issues with that company. I've never seen anything like that before.'

The story was developed in conjunction with WWLTV partner Uptown Messenger.

Box watched the video on the internet site YouTube.

'They just have no regard for people's private property and who lives there,' he said. 'It's very unprofessional, very sloppy.'

Don Charles who lives on nearby Nashville Avenue also saw the recording and says he's not surprised by the crew's behavior.

'I did watch one of their trucks this morning kind of barreling around the corner here which is unnecessary. They weren't picking up any garbage.'

At one point a Richard's Garbage truck is seen backing down the street at an unsafe speed.

One worker throws a garbage can in the back of the truck rather than emptying it.

'It's criminal,' said Charles. 'If they're taking people's garbage cans which you have to buy and replace, and they're throwing them in the back of their truck, it has to be looked at.'

Richard's Disposal did look at the video.

Company's attorney Dan Davillier released a statement saying:

'Richard's Disposal, Inc. (RDI) investigated the matter fully and the personnel involved were all disciplined...The citizen's cart was replaced the same day.'

'It is important to note that the persons depicted in the video engaging in unacceptable behavior were not Richard's Disposal, Inc. employees. They were workers from an independent labor pool.'

Neighbors say the activity depicted in the video is not what they want to see from a major city contractor. They hope city official investigate the matter.

'We're paying for that service, so they should definitely look at it,' said Box. 'You don't want to be paying for people to use their hoses and run through their yards and steal their trash cans.'

'They're throwing water at each other and playing in the streets and blocking traffic,' said Charles. 'You can't have a contractor doing that for the city of New Orleans.'

'The citizen who filmed the incident actually sent a letter thanking RDI for how swiftly and well the matter had been resolved, and also thanking the company for taking the incident seriously and following up directly with him on a managerial level,' said Davillier.

WWL-TV sent the video to several city council members. They were either not available today or had no comment.

This story was developed with our partners at the Uptown Messenger.

Full Richard's statement:

'The video is over a month old. Richard's Disposal, Inc. (RDI) investigated the matter fully and the personnel involved were all disciplined. The citizen who filmed the scene and whose cart was taken was contacted by a supervisor of RDI as soon as the incident was brought to the company's attention. The citizen's cart was replaced the same day. It is important to note that the persons depicted in the video engaging in unacceptable behavior were not Richard's Disposal, Inc. employees. They were workers from an independent labor pool. Despite that fact, RDI took steps to inform the contractor of the incident and ensure that those persons were appropriately disciplined. RDI further disciplined its direct employee, the driver, and also used the incident as an opportunity to reinforce with all of its employees the high standard of conduct long established as part of RDI staff training. The citizen who filmed the incident actually sent a letter thanking RDI for how swiftly and well the matter had been resolved, and also thanking the company for taking the incident seriously and following up directly with him on a managerial level.' Daniel E. Davillier

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