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@Venice311 Gets Huge Mashable Shout-Out

Mashable had some fun over the weekend with the story of Alex Thompson, the 45-year-old female freelance photographer who also operates the neighborhood crime watch Twitter account @Venice311. The article begins with some 18th century town caller framing and moves on to this, under the sub-headline “A Crappy Beginning:”:

Thompson’s story begins in a way all good epics should: with a steaming pile of sewage.

“So I’m walking out of my house in Venice, right? And I can’t believe what I see,” she told Mashable. “Some guy had just dumped over 50 gallons of raw sewage from his RV onto the street.”

New York-based Mashable intern Eric Larson does a nice job of explaining how Thompson bought a police scanner, became instantly horrified by what she heard and grew into a role that is supported by local LAPD. She is currently closing in on 13,000 Twitter followers.

In the reader comments, Pagota90291 brings up some less savory 2011 coverage of Thompson by former LA Weekly reporter Simone Wilson. Read the mashable.com piece here.

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