Originally posted by: nesman
Have a built oin reason to be there. For example, I'm moving and looking for some boxes to pack my shit up. Perfect if nothing's in your car already. If it is, i would use the same excuse and then say when I was looking for boxes, I saw this and thought it was cool...and didn't realize I was not allowed to take it. i doubt any police officer is going to harass you over it.
Just make sure you throw a few boxes in the car to make your story legit.
That would work assuming they throw boxes in the same dumpster... my gamestop dumpsters have signs on them "Throw cardboard boxes in other dumpster" with an arrow to the smaller dumpster next to it.
Also, it is state/county/city/town specific. I find cops will not stop at all if it is outside someones house for trash pickup, but if you are going through a dumpster, they will stop and tell you to leave. I found out few months back that dumpster diving is illegal when a cop stopped by while I was "diving." The officer just explained that there was an ordinance against it and asked me to leave.
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