This keeps popping up, now that "not my camel" has become common parlance for most burners, so I thought I would drag this thread back into existence.
Here's the story (as far as I can remember):
In 2000, a local Reno business came out with a couple of camels thinking they could charge people for camel rides. Most people just took pictures with them and the guys didn't make much money.
The problem was, that these camels shit all over the esplanade and the owners didn't feel it was necessary to pick up after them stating that camel shit is biodegradable and therefore not MOOP. (clearly these fine upstanding gentleman didn't quite understand the whole MOOP logic of burners.)
At some point, the camels left a particularly large pile of steaming crap directly in front of Gigsville (perhaps as a social statement?). This was back when Gigsville was camped on the Esplanade (or immediately behind it. Cant fully recall)
Eventually, some Rangers came by, saw the offending bio-hazard, and doing their best Dudley Do-Right/ Authority Whore impression, ordered the fuckos sitting around in Gigsville to clean it up, to which several exclaimed it was not their camel that caused the offense. I'm fairly certain the Rangers were also instructed on a few things they could do with said bio-hazard, as Gigsville traditionally does not particularly care for the Dudley Do-Right/ Authority Whore type personality that Black Rock Rangers mistakenly tend to exude from time to time.
And thus, "Not my camel" has become the Burner way of saying "It's not my problem."
Several things can be gleaned from this experience:
1. Commercial businesses are not welcome to try to sell their products inside the event.
2. Camel shit, no matter how biodegradable it may be - is still a big pile of shit and should be cleaned up, just as you would your pet dog.
3. Unless invited, Rangers need to stay away from Gigsville (this is also where Gigsville gets its now-famous "Fuck Off, Ranger" battle cry.)
"Be at one with the dust of the earth. This is primal union." - Lao Tsu