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(Ohio.com)   Woman told to stop stealing from Goodwill's trash, apparently unaware that you can walk into the store and get the same stuff along with a much nicer shopping experience   (ohio.com) divider line 37
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2009-09-17 02:45:40 PM  
I've been inside Goodwill stores. I wouldn't want to see the stuff they throw out.
 
2009-09-17 02:48:08 PM  
She is saving it from the landfill.

You can recycle items, but it's going to cost ya.

How dumb
 
2009-09-17 02:48:32 PM  
I doubt she has money to buy clothing if she's dumpster diving, subby, unless you're suggesting it would be smarter to walk inside a store and shoplift a bunch of shiat. Sure even the Goodwill has cameras.
 
2009-09-17 02:48:38 PM  
I thought trash was public domain or some legal term like that.
 
2009-09-17 02:48:45 PM  
jason.rte.ca
 
2009-09-17 02:49:22 PM  
D_Evans45: I doubt she has money to buy clothing if she's dumpster diving, subby, unless you're suggesting it would be smarter to walk inside a store and shoplift a bunch of shiat. Sure even the Goodwill has cameras.

And you would be wrong.
 
2009-09-17 02:51:33 PM  
Still says ''a large portion'' of the nice-looking items are thrown out because they have been deemed dangerous by the Consumer Product Safety Commission herpes. The remainder are ''things that are broken that we couldn't salvage, or items like textiles, clothing that is mildewed or bug-infested.'' aids

FTFY

/got nadda
 
2009-09-17 02:52:33 PM  
dlewis6: I thought trash was public domain or some legal term like that.

I think it may be because the dumpster is on private property. I think it's public domain trash when you put your trash cans out on the street for trash pick-up.

/not a lawyer
 
2009-09-17 02:56:23 PM  
The only reason to go to a Goodwill is for Halloween costumes. There are many thrift stores in the Cleveland area, and Goodwill has to be the worst.

/or best if your costume shopping
 
2009-09-17 02:56:31 PM  
dlewis - And you would be wrong.


Even still, they know who she is. Hell there's an article in local news on it. She couldn't just walk in and take shiat without notice.
 
2009-09-17 03:01:39 PM  
The Salvation Army by my place has hordes of mexicans lurking in the shadows, waiting for people to drop stuff off before or after store hours.
 
2009-09-17 03:03:40 PM  
And I was expecting some woman dumpster diving for clean panties after a tryst in a dumpster and being robbed...
 
2009-09-17 03:17:05 PM  
I used to work at a place where they had "dumpster divers". A woman climbed in on trash day and she was scooped up by the trash truck and dumped into the back. She wasn't killed, but she was hurt pretty badly. Enough so that she sued the property for negligence and won.

I'm sure the Salvation Army is just trying to cover their @sses.
 
2009-09-17 03:32:18 PM  
obviously a case of CYA, but you would think Goodwill would actually have some towards others who are trying to help...aren't they a Christian Organization??

AND

She's in a wheelchair, give her a break and help her get the stuff out, if they are concerned about lawsuits her getting hurt.

FIFM
 
2009-09-17 03:33:13 PM  
mariecordona: I used to work at a place where they had "dumpster divers". A woman climbed in on trash day and she was scooped up by the trash truck and dumped into the back. She wasn't killed, but she was hurt pretty badly. Enough so that she sued the property for negligence and won.

I'm sure the Salvation Army is just trying to cover their @sses.


I wouldn't doubt it. Even if you're doing something you shouldn't do, you can sue if you get hurt (which is bullcrap). The Salvation Army locations near me don't even have their donation bins any more. Now you have to drive to the back of the store while they're open and give someone your stuff. Of course, this means the only time I can dump anything on them is on a Saturday.

/or add to the pile on the side of the building that is there every Sunday
//if it hasn't technically been donated, but was illegally dumped according to the big sign on the side of the store, can you take stuff from it?
 
2009-09-17 03:40:37 PM  
Why wouldn't Goodwill just...I dunno...GIVE her the clothes. Maybe as a gesture of...good will?
 
2009-09-17 03:56:16 PM  
Our local Goodwill has an "as is" store where they put stuff they don't want to sort or has been on their shelves too long. Anything not sold out of there gets thrown away at the end of the day. I've found some really good stuff there, including clothes that still had the tags. However, the prices are non-negotiable even though they got the items for free and are planning to throw them away, they would rather throw them out than get less money. They also tend to throw out anything left after hours, no matter what condition. I've gotten many nice things from that pile also. I never donate to them, if I wanted the stuff to go to the dump, I'd take it there to begin with.
 
2009-09-17 04:02:35 PM  
Before Lesher began her mission in 2007, she called the Tallmadge police and asked whether it is illegal to take things from trash containers. She was told it was not.

STFU...if you dont want people to take the shiat, don't put it in the garbage. It's not against the law to dumpster dive, so take your complaints and jam them up your ass, or get locked dumpsters.
 
2009-09-17 04:04:14 PM  
mariecordona: I used to work at a place where they had "dumpster divers". A woman climbed in on trash day and she was scooped up by the trash truck and dumped into the back. She wasn't killed, but she was hurt pretty badly. Enough so that she sued the property for negligence and won.

I'm sure the Salvation Army is just trying to cover their @sses.


THIS

/they started putting locks on the dumpsters here
 
2009-09-17 04:20:59 PM  
They had an article in the police reports section of the local paper here (also Ohio) about the police arresting someone for dumpster diving for used tires behind the local car service center.

Apparently it is trespassing if the trash is not in the public right of way. And he had been warned before.


Also (this being Ohio) the arrestee ran his own business - selling tires.
 
2009-09-17 04:32:42 PM  
D_Evans45: I doubt she has money to buy clothing if she's dumpster diving, subby, unless you're suggesting it would be smarter to walk inside a store and shoplift a bunch of shiat. Sure even the Goodwill has cameras.

You obviously didn't RTFA. She's not taking stuff for herself. She cleans and repairs it and takes it to a homeless shelter.
 
2009-09-17 04:41:26 PM  
While it is technically illegal to dumpster-dive, there would be the devil to pay getting a conviction.

They are not going to bother with an arrest, so all they will do is write a ticket; you show up in court and plead not guilty, and advise them you cannot afford an attorney--which is obvious considering the circumstances---and they have to provide one, and it's going to cost them way more in operating expenses than they will realize in a fine.

Since courts in the USSA work at a profit, they will try everything possible to dump the case.

And if the other guy doesn't show---and he rarely does---it's an automatic dismissal.
 
2009-09-17 04:44:28 PM  
FTA: ''I'm not doing any harm,'' she says. ''I'm not making a mess over there. I'm just a slightly soiled senior citizen trying to give things to people who can use them. .

Did we really need to know that?
 
2009-09-17 04:45:46 PM  
Subby fails at reading comprehension. This women is doing a good deed and everyone wants to shiat on her.
 
2009-09-17 04:49:11 PM  
My opinion DONT donate to them. they over charge for everything. Donate to the mission where you are or local thrift sores that dont gouge!
 
2009-09-17 05:04:49 PM  
goodwill has huge cargo ships full of our old clothes and sells them overseas instead of just giving them to people who need them.
 
2009-09-17 05:29:09 PM  
flamingboard: goodwill has huge cargo ships full of our old clothes and sells them overseas instead of just giving them to people who need them.

Ummm...the big offender on that score is Planet Aid. Charity in the US, where they collect the stuff, business in the 3rd world, where they make a nice living selling the stuff they collect as used clothing. Headquarters in Sweden (?) and the founders are filthy rich. Google them.

Goodwill at least employs the handicapped and does other good works here in the US.
 
2009-09-17 05:56:07 PM  
Dunno why Goodwill wouldn't donate salvagable items on down to the homeless shelters.
 
2009-09-17 06:24:38 PM  
Dont any of you realize that the only thing Goodwill gives are jobs to people who probably cant work anywhere else?
 
2009-09-17 07:11:08 PM  
I give a ton of crap to Goodwill for the tax deductions and so that I can feel smug about not (directly, at least) putting more shiat into landfill. It's a win-win for me. I honestly don't care what they do with it after that.
 
2009-09-17 07:15:29 PM  
I've been chased away from the local Goodwill for dumpster diving, so I'm getting a kick out of this.

I used to do a show with a flame-throwing robot. Stuffed animals soaked in gasoline were pretty good props for that kind of thing. Our Goodwill can't (or won't) resell stuffed animals, so their dumpster is usually full of stuffed animals in the evening. I made the mistake of stopping in the afternoon one time and they got pretty pissy. A month or so after that they put a padlock on the dumpster.
 
2009-09-17 08:45:53 PM  
A man works hard for his trash, just to have vagrants come and steal it!

weirdotoys.com
 
2009-09-17 09:58:14 PM  
simpsonfan: fark Goodwill. If they are going to throw out stuff they should be selling, the deserve to have people take it. Maybe when word gets out, people will start giving this woman the stuff, and cut out Goodwill completely.

The reason they are throwing it out is probably the fault of lawyers.
 
2009-09-17 11:30:59 PM  
stevetherobot - You obviously didn't RTFA. She's not taking stuff for herself. She cleans and repairs it and takes it to a homeless shelter.


I said nothing about what she did with the goods, just that she wouldn't be able to shoplift without being noticed. You really think she'll be able to walk into this Goodwill and not get noticed?
 
2009-09-18 12:36:30 AM  
Imho, the local Salvation Army stores are much better price-wise. Most of the Goodwill stores are half-filled with returns from the local QVS warehouse, at near retail prices.

Dumpster diving? rarely. But I did take home about a grand worth of arcade parts when the local ops cleaned up their shop. Paid for the CPU repair on my restored Galaga I got from there in broken condition.

I am all for safety and stuff, but that new child safety law in regards to toxic compounds is ridiculous. How is this relevant? if you donate that primo set of Nancy Drew books, they have to throw them away since it's a child-oriented product with no toxicity testing. Same thing with just about any toy.

The Grinch must work for the CPSC these days. But you wouldn't know, since the Dr. Seuss books have to be thrown away. Even the Lorax.
 
2009-09-18 02:18:14 AM  
she's probably selling the stuff as antiques on eBay.
 
2009-09-18 09:03:29 AM  
PsychoLaurie: Dunno why Goodwill wouldn't donate salvagable items on down to the homeless shelters.

I'm guessing because it would take man power, gas, truck, in other words it would cost them money to get the goods there. Now if the homeless shelter would pick the stuff up than thats another story.

Same reason why fast food places just don't give out the old food, they just through it away.


Years ago a opened a thrift shop, I had a friend that owned a storage place, when people wouldn't pick their stuff up it would just give it to me and I'd sell it real cheap. I did it just to do it, I wasn't getting rich by any means. Then the city started saying that the 2nd hand goods I was selling wasn't safe blah blah blah. It was just the other stores ticked off that I was selling things cheap and costing them money, stupid farkholes.
 
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