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The fruit-bearing tree in Anastasia Moskvitina's front yard has been a three-year labor of love.

"The first year, we had one fruit.  The second year, we had eight mandarins and this year, we had a little bit more, about 50," Moskvitina said.

After noticing some of the fruit on the tree was mysteriously missing, Moskvitina decided to install a video camera.

In just two days, she posted this on YouTube:  a Texas Trash truck pulled up.  Two workers jumped from the back of the truck to empty trash cans.

"And then they notice that there's fruit on the tree and they go and decide that they can snatch it," Moskvitina said.

She said she first thought it was neighborhood kids plucking oranges from her tree.

"Which would be okay.  Kids are kids," she said.  "But when two grown men do it, that's something else."

She thought Texas Trash, the company those two men work for, should be aware of the video.  She sent a written complaint by email, asking for an apology from the two men and a reply from the company's owner.

"They just ignored it," she said.

That prompted the fruit tree owner to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.

We reached out to Texas Trash, but we have not heard back.

"I think the owner apologized on the phone, but he kind of made it look like it's not even significant cuz he said, ‘Well, it's just three oranges'," Moskvitina said.

As far as she is concerned, it is not about oranges.

"It's about all the work that went into growing the oranges and it's about taking without asking," she said.  "A sad thing about it is the fruit wasn't even ripe when they took it."

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