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Hi, I just read that 2 men received 6 months for taking food out of dumpster?

Is it really a felony to go dumpster diving? They were arrested in Colorado. Honestly, sometimes I see something in local dumpsters and walk right up and take it. I don’t make it a habit but if I happen to see it I figure ‘hey, it’s going to the dump, therefor it’s up for grabs’.
I live in Massachusetts and I don’t know the laws that govern dumpsters. I do know this, our land fill allows ‘picking’ in various areas. i.e.: computers, metal, magazines, wood, newspaper…
I use to work for the Troy Build company and I was the forklift driver who took trash and dumped it into the dumpster. I coult take all kinds of parts and motors. Anyway, I’m not worried just curious.

Thanx a bunch!

Trash, once placed at the curb or in a dumpster is considered abandoned property. This is why the police can search your discarded trash without a warrant. Therefore, I don’t see why these men were charged. Perhaps they got them for trespassing if the dumpster itself was on private property. Also, they wouldn’t get just six months for a felony. A felony carries a minimum of a year. At least those are the laws in my state and I think they are pretty basic along those lines everywhere.

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