(Illustration by Hanji Chang)
(Illustration by Hanji Chang)
Gov. Paul LePage is fuming after discovering a little gift someone left in the yard of his Boothbay home — a soiled mattress. The governor told the anecdote during a May 18 radio appearance in which he discussed his opposition to a proposed 15-cent deposit on mini liquor bottles known as “nips.” LePage maintains that the deposit bill, which passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature, will harm businesses and cost the state. He insists that if the Legislature is successful in overriding his veto of the measure, he’ll just go ahead and ban the 50 milliliter bottles altogether. 

In the course of the conversation WGAN host Ken Altshuler chimed in that “people throw things away with a 5-cent deposit anyway.” 

“You know I went to our home in Boothbay Sunday and somebody came up and deposited a mattress in our yard. And it was all stained!” the governor replied.  “The dump is down the road about two miles. I know what happened is that they went to the dump to bring the old mattress to the dump, but they have to pay a deposit, so they decided, ‘Screw that! We’ll stick it on the governor’s yard!’”

Whether the act was politically motivated is not known. But ironically, the governor’s dirty mattress tale sounds like the perfect argument to support another bill making its way to his desk that would impose a deposit on mattresses to help pay for their disposal. And if he vetoes that bill, the next spring thaw will probably wash away the dirty mattresses from his lawn anyway.