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In some areas, dumpster diving is considered to be legal. In other areas, dumpster divers are technically breaking trespassing laws. Although in most areas the police have so many other problems that they aren't really concerned about cracking down on dumpster divers.

One of the biggest issues facing dumpster divers is safety. Crawling around in back alleys and side streets in the middle of the night is not exactly the safest thing to do. But the lure of large amounts of free food is enough to keep some people coming back over and over again.

During the recent economic downturn, the popularity of dumpster diving has exploded. Today, there are dumpster diving meetup groups, dumpster diving Facebook groups, and even entire organizations such as Food Not Bombs that openly encourage their members to go dumpster diving.

If your family was going hungry, would you go dumpster diving?

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Although in most areas the police have so many other problems that they aren't really concerned about cracking down on dumpster divers.

And in some areas, police would seem to have nothing better to do.

Okay, this is going to get way off topic, but…

An old friend, Scott Yoos, was recently arrested after throwing away a paper towel in a dumpster. He was charged with criminal trespass (for throwing away the paper towel in the dumpster), obstructing justice, and "felony assault on a police officer."

The police who arrested him claim he made threatening gestures. Scott, who can hear but is mute, communicates with sign language!

(He also carries a notepad and pencil, but I suspect he was too scared to reach into his pocket to get them.)

Why can't he talk? About 30 years ago he was attacked, robbed, and beaten so badly his vocal apparatus was damaged beyond repair.

More details here: http://www.theolympian.com/2011/08/02/1746584/mute-man-to-fa...
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