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January 10, 2013 11:48 AM Subscribe
The dumpster divers in our area seem to have crossed a line -- a private property line, that is. Would you press the issue or let it go?
posted by somersault to human relations (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My fiance and I have lived in our city neighborhood for several years. It's a great neighborhood. Lots of locally-owned shops you can visit by foot, upscale, historic, family friendly.
When we moved into our apartment, we noted that there were dumpster divers in both pick-up trucks and by foot that make daily rounds. The pick-up truck scavengers swing through the alleyways and pick up scrap metal, etc. The scavengers on foot grab our recyclables. For the most part we chalked it up as a nuisance and made sure to always shred our private paperwork. A necessary and good practice anyhow.. I've always maintained that what they're doing is harmless and I also understand that by law, dumpster divers have every right to do what they do.
However, several days ago I noticed the pick up truck scavenger (an older gentleman -- they're all actually older gentlemen) going through my neighbor's trailer in his driveway. I did not get his plates but he's around every day so it would not be difficult. I also snapped a photo catching him rummaging through the trailer and his vehicle parked to the side with the driver door open. It's very clear and of good quality.
I feel really unsettled. The neighbor rents out his property to several tenants so I'm not really sure how to get a hold of him to show him the photo of his trailer (I know it's his trailer and not the trailer of one of the tenants). Should I go up to the door and show the photo to the tenants? Wait until I see him in passing (this could be weeks if not months later)?
Also, zooming in on the photo the pick-up truck seems to have two nice bikes in it. Who would possibly throw those away? That seems worrisome as well.
My fiance called the non-emergency line this morning to report another dumpster diver who was scattering trash everywhere in our parking lot and also to report the other incident and he was told what they're doing is legal and to go about his business.
What would you do? How would you track down the neighbor or would you let it go? Am I misunderstanding the situation? Are there any other resources to turn to? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? I definitely felt like that after my fiance contacted the non-emergency line.. but I also feel like I have a responsibility to the community as grandiose as that might sound.
Thanks ahead of time! I appreciate all feedback.