Felix Writes: When Dumpster-diving Is Called Theft

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This little piece of news blew my mind, and not in a good way. It appears that in a small town from the American state of Utah, taking things others have thrown out is now treated as theft.

Read that again. I did, several times. There had to be a mistake, right? How can you "steal" stuff someone else has thrown out? That's like, "what? someone actually needs that thing I thought was garbage? I want it back!" Entitlement culture driven right past its logical extreme and into the absurd!

Turns out, the truth isn't far from it. Apparently the garbage men supplement their income by recycling some of the materials people throw out, and they don't like competition... just like most "business people" in modern capitalism. After all, it's hard to accept that you don't have a divine right to a pay-off from your hard work. Isn't it?

Too bad, because the other points made by the authorities actually make sense. Dumpster-diving is unsanitary, and people who do that for a living are often also thieves using the opportunity to scope out the neighborhood. But the "theft" bit undermines the entire argument, revealing the monstrous greed behind it.

I guess Romanian villagers, who traditionally recycled every little thing and didn't even have garbage cans or landfills (because they didn't need any), would be criminals according to the authorities in Taylorsville, Utah. It's a good thing that those people only run a little town and not their whole country.

2013-07-26