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Why is there someone going through my garbage?

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posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 05:42 AM
reply to post by sc2099

it's even more of a joke considering that roughly 90% of all our recycled waste,goes to effin landfill sites.

To the OP,maybe set up a webcam and catch who/what ever it is,and then post it here.Or get a lock for your bin.Or leave a note,asking the person to ring your doorbell,to see if there is anything in particualr they're after,so you can leve it in a seperate bag for them. (if it's nothing like your bank statements) It can't be nice if you have to go through peoples rubbish to earn a crust. Help them!!


[edit on 14/6/2008 by Acidtastic]

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 05:58 AM
I wouldn't worry too much about it. If you haven't seen a person, it's more than likely an animal. Raccoons are fairly strong and can knock over garbage cans quite easily.

You probably shouldn't leave hypodermic needles, condoms, tampons and pornography at the top of your trash though. I'd imagine it would only entice a sick individual to rummage through it.

Also, telling people not go through your trash, accomplishes the opposite desired result. If it is only animals at the moment, rest assured, if you leave a sign that says "DON'T GO THROUGH MY TRASH"'; you will have people going through it!

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 07:53 AM
Leave some food out and see if the person keeps going through your garbage.

Something packaged perhaps, then you wont be attracting animals hehe.

[edit on 14-6-2008 by seenitall]

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 12:12 PM
Haha go out with a baseball bat and have a look who it is. Don't necessarily confront them, just have a look. Then if it's a person and they look like they could threaten you, run back inside and call the cops.

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 12:35 PM
reply to post by EverythingYouDespise

I would say that either your local LEA is looking for something or you have a homeless person problem...

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 12:44 PM
do you own a home or rent an apartment? are they walking up your driveway in the cover of night or are they rooting through trash you have at the road for pickup? is the person focusing on your trash ONLY? these are questions you should no the answer to because they all have an impact on the outcome of what this person is doing. could be harmless, could be malicious.

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 12:48 PM
reply to post by EverythingYouDespise

If you are in the USA this is completely legal. As soon as your bins hit the side of the road, they are public domain and anyone is allowed access to them. If you are really worried, do what some of the others here have suggested, shred and otherwise destroy any important papers or personal information.

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 01:10 PM
reply to post by Threadfall

It's called Dumpster Diving, and it's not illegal! Once you throw something away, you shouldn't really care if someone else takes it or not.
Now if the suspect is making a huge mess outside your bin it's an animal, if there is no mess it's a human. I don't dumpster dive but I know a few people who do, and you would be amazed at what these guys bring home!
T.V.s, electronics, in-date canned goods, clothes, kids toys, etc..............
The U.S. is a huge waste society, we as a country throw away enough "stuff" on a daily basis to fund a small country!
So I wouldn't be too worried if I were you, after all you have thrown it "away". It seems pointless to lose sleep over it.

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 01:10 PM

Originally posted by EverythingYouDespise
There's somebody rummaging through the garbage bin outside my home in the middle of the night. This person does this almost every night. I don't think I have anything to hide, but could someone be trying to dig up dirt on me or steal my identity? Is it even legal for this person to be doing this or are my hands tied?

Does anyone else have a similar experience?

It's probably an animal, like a fox for example.

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 01:26 PM
I wouldn't worry about it unless you have very private information such as bank account information or if you've thrown out empty bottles of lube or broken s3x toys, etc.

Don't throw out anything that might indicate you are doing illegal things in your house, such like growing pot, making bombs, etc. You should be fine!

Just take a close look at the rummager. Does he or she seem like they might be homeless? A neighbour? A man in black rummaging through your stuff because of you posting naughty stuff on ATS?

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 01:31 PM
I wouldnt be worried about it as long as they dont bother you or come near your house or anything. It may be worth calling someone over, Im pretty sure its illegal ?

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 01:35 PM
Possibly somebody dumpster-diving, although it could be identity theft. If that person doesn't look too dangerous I guess you should just talk to him from a distance. Usually abusers will go away and never come back to your place.

And please don't be an *SNIP* by calling the cops in the first place... that person might end up in prison (and that means him getting usually brutalized and raped) for this, and you're just giving more power and legitimacy to goons who already get too much for brutalizing honest citizens out there.

Things might not be as bad as they seem.

Mod Edit: Please Adhere To ATS Policy on Vulgarity

[edit on 14-6-2008 by MemoryShock]

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 01:59 PM
Yes, it could be a government conspiracy.

Or it could just be a raccoon.

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 01:59 PM
My mother recently bought a shredder because of identity theft. Once you throw something away it is not your property any more. She now destroys/shreds papers and will keep it in the house until trash day. She still throws out kitchen refuse! LOL

[edit on 6/14/2008 by kidflash2008]

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 02:36 PM
It's not illegal as long as the trash is on public property i.e. the curb. If the bins are on private property then it IS illegal. There are a lot of people who do this sort of thing, I have seen some pretty cool stuff come from garbage bins, dumpsters etc.... T.V.s, clothes, toys, books, all kinds of things. I used to "dive" the dumpsters of local book stores for magazines and paperbacks, all the store does is tear off the cover to receive credit from the distributer and throw the book away! Our land fills are full of things like this. I believe we in America need better recycling program to deal with usable "trash".

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 04:14 PM
reply to post by EverythingYouDespise

No one here on this forum can answer this question for you. The only way you will ever know is to go ask the person that is digging through your refuse.

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 06:00 PM
I don't know where you live , but I would almost bet they are rummaging for food, or as others have said looking for something to sell. Call the cops and if it is a person looking for food would you ask yourself are you willing to help. This may sound niave but if I was hungry I would probably do whatever I had to to find food. I don't know, just be smart about it.

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 07:09 PM
An ATS member gave the obvious answers, whichare;

Originally posted by DaleGribble
could be anything from:

1) identy theft.
2) private investigator.
3) a homless person looking for food.

what i say is there are persons rummaging through your trash at night, because there are way-too-many people in- (at least the free world) -
we will have people whose lives are not revolved around the day-night cycle and might be occupied with any of the posters 3 listed occupations.

the best one can do is 'filter' your trash... shred & burn those documents that can be pieced back together and make known your credit card numbers, SS#, AnyThing sensitive.... if you don't know whats 'sensitive' -> then hire a security person that will instruct you.

next off, put a bunch of false leads or bogus 'clues' in your trash for them to pick-over ---and develop a really screwed up vision & depiction of 'Your World'... it will be an absurd analysis that the proscution will present with all the false info & leads your letting them 'find' in your trash.

ain't no reason to get excited --- just play the fools & have fun 'BS'ing 'Da Man...

know what i mean?

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 08:51 PM
Woa! did you say you leave Glass and Hypodermic needles on top of your trash to discourage them? I bet the garbage men love you!
Suprised they havent left a notice to you regarding the unsafe condition of your garbage!

posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 09:33 PM
It's your trash bin and ON your property it's yours to do what you please.

Put a windup clock and tape to 3 (fake) sticks of TNT to it.

tick tick tick....


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