The effect is meant to demonstrate the machine's power by generating enough noise to drown out any other urban man-made sound within 10 kilometers of the blower.
It also blows leaves, but the wind tends to put them back.
The original Quinto model having been lost when a group of angry citizens mobbed Mr. Quinto on his own front lawn and stuffed his ears and mouth with leaves, a facsimile model has been donated to the city of Belgrade and used assiduously, from 7 am to Whenever, to "clear leaves" from Studentski Trg.
The common leaf, according to experts interviewed in preparation for this article, is highly sensitive to loud noises, and the Quinto leaf blower, therefore, effectively paralyses the leaves with its incessant inhuman four-stroke chock-burring. As a side effect, however, mental acuity and concentration levels in the residential area of Studentski Trg have lowered significantly.
Residents of the Trg, exposed to the noise on a daily basis, are no longer eligible to apply for government jobs, work in libraries, or air traffic control positions.
The leaf blower, aside from creating an infernal racket, has another interesting feature which bears discussion. Operators are unable to keep it going for more than a few minutes at a time. This leads them to stop and start at irregular intervals. Residents, therefore, are regularly lulled into a false sense of security thinking: "it is over." Then it rips open again.
A submission to use this kind of torture has been submitted to the Pentagon for use at Guantanamo Bay - it was rejected.
Official stamp: INHUMANE.
To any official-like people who may chance to read this, here is a modest proposal. You can remove the leaf blower and exchange it for five guys with brooms (more cost effective, environmentally friendly, and reduces unemployment statistics), or just kill us all this afternoon.
Another morning of the Quinto blower and I might do it myself.