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Dumpster diving in TX

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Latest post Fri, Mar 6 2009 4:45 PM by Taxagent. 5 replies.
  • Fri, Mar 6 2009 1:45 AM

    • red head
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    News [|*|] Dumpster diving in TX

    Is it illegal to steal someones trash and take it to your own house, go thru it and take pictures of it. To be later posted on a website?


    Is it illegal to steal someones mail from the mail box.....


    Is it illegal to drive by someones house and take a picture of it to prove this person is a liar.Ok

  • Fri, Mar 6 2009 6:09 AM In reply to

    Re: Dumpster diving in TX

    It is a federal crime to steal mail from a mailbox.

    It is not illegal to take a picture of someone's house provided that you take the piciture from a place you have the legal right to be (e.g. a public sidewalk or street). What you do with the picture might be illegal, more details about the use would be needed to know that.

    Whether "dumpster diving" is a crime depends on the applicable state law and perhaps the details of trash dumpster at issue. Quite often, though, it is a crime of theft.

  • Fri, Mar 6 2009 8:58 AM In reply to

    • DPH
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    Question [=?] Re: Dumpster diving in TX

    Assuming that you are the culprit, why would you be doing these things?  If someone is doing this to you, why do you think that are performing htese acts?

    If you think someone is stealing your mail, report it to the Post Office.


    "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."  -  Mark Twain


  • Fri, Mar 6 2009 12:08 PM In reply to

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    Re: Dumpster diving in TX

    No I am not the culprit.

    It was done in a case that I am following, and was wondering about the trash really.

    One of the girls named in the lawsuit was egged on by a journalist to steal this lady's trash and take pictures of it for his website....

    She then stole some mail from the ladys mailbox as well and a piece of the mail showed up in the latest court papers.

    Okthanks for your answers

  • Fri, Mar 6 2009 12:41 PM In reply to

    • mudpie
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    Re: Dumpster diving in TX

    Actually, the US Supreme Court ruled in

    CALIFORNIA v. GREENWOOD, 486 U.S. 35 (1988),

    that once trash is placed at the roadside for pickup, it is considered abandoned and free to take. Whereas, recycleables have value and belong to the recycling company.

  • Fri, Mar 6 2009 4:45 PM In reply to

    Re: Dumpster diving in TX

    The Greenwood case simply says that a police search of the garbage was Constitutional because there was no reasonable expectation of privacy. It does not say that garbage put in a dumpster is "free to take" and cannot be used to support that proposition. It is a ruling limited only the Constutional issue of whether the police search was legal rather than speaking to any other taking of the garbage. Whether it is a crime is an issue of state law, which may indeed hold that, at least in certain types of dumpster situations, the taking of things from the dumpster is theft or some other criminal act.

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