This story was originally posted on February 03, 2010.
I have dealt with dumpster divers for as long as I have been working in retail.
Some of them want boxes (there's a reason why we would throw cardboard away - it ain't suitable for packing up your kitchenware), some want lettuce for their rabbits, you know, the "it's not for me, and it's trash to you anyway" variety of people.
Then there are the poor and homeless who are perfectly happy to pull a lukewarm, wilty piece of chicken out of the trash and chow down.
We even have one pair of crackheads that pull out meat and sell it or trade it for drugs and alcohol. (I can understand the crackhead part, but who the FUCK buys this shit???)
But I experienced something new yesterday.
I didn't see what happened, so I am making a conjecture here, but I think somebody stole our trash.
We have two dumpsters, and when we were done, one dumpster was full enough that the lid wouldn't lay flat.
About 9:00, another guy tells me he can't find the lock for the door.
I went back and looked around, and went outside thinking he might have dropped it somewhere.
I did not find the lock, but imagine my surprise when I see both lids of the dumpster flung open, and room for about 15 bags of trash.
This is the same dumpster that was overflowing 90 minutes earlier.
Hey, if somebody wants to dispose of my trash for me, more power to them.
But really, what the hell happened here?
Confused in Refuse,