How ridiculous!!! Quoting: natasha77
SOME OF YOU NEED TO GROW THE FUCK UP.
You enjoy the tyranny behind not being able to get something obviously thrown out, something discarded, something of no use to the owner???
YOU FUCKING IDIOTS. Yes, this pisses me off. DO I GO DUMPSTER DIVING? NO!!!!
IF I SEE MY NEIGHBOR THROWING AWAY A LAMP I ALWAYS WANTED AND ITS OUT WITH THE GARBAGE YOU BET YOUR ASS I'M GOING TO TAKE IT.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
NOT ONLY IS IT DONE TO MY TRASH BUT ITS PERFECTLY FINE WITH EVERYONE I KNOW.
SOME OF YOU PEOPLE HERE ARE FUCKED IN THE HEAD AND LOVE A NAZI LIFESTYLE.
Maybe knock on the neighbor's door and ask to take it? Then it's not stealing :)
That's the voice of reason. As soon as something hits the curb, it's trash, but to be realistic, asking is *polite* and then it definitely wouldn't be stealing in any way. And you'd have the argument with the law that you asked.
Me and my Dad, the ultimate tinkerer, used to go around the neighborhood on the one day a month when you could throw away bigger things like appliances. Dad went through the depression and hated to see things go to waste. We'd get refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, sump pumps, tons of lawnmowers and snow blowers. He'd remove the motors and compressors and repair neighbors *stuff* with the parts and motors he scrapped. And he always went to the door and told the people what we were doing.
The end result was people got rid of the trash, we got parts and I learned about small engines, motors, how *stuff* worked and made some go-karts and mini-bikes that I sold and our neighbors got their appliances repaired. Dad had a good job as an elevator repairman, but hated waste and loved to tinker. And was always enjoying himself making and fixing things for friends, and some extra (not that much) extra money. Depression era people are like that.
PLUS it was a time (mostly the 60's, where you weren't putting appliance repair people out of work. There was plenty of it.
Nothing wrong with asking. And it proves you're not a thief. If you don't like the system, fight it, or learn to legally get around it. It might be ridiculous, but you'll stay out of trouble.