posted on Feb, 12 2011 @ 01:35 PM
My mother's town has a similar law or ordinance (or it sounds familiar at least). Her home flooded a few years back and people needed to throw away
a lot of damaged/destroyed items. It was mainly scrappers that came through picking through the trash heeps, at first they were shooed away. After
awhile the efforts seemed futile, so the police arrested them under a similar law.
Granted the emotional investment in the situation was vastly different than the case with this woman but this type of law is a lot more common than
most people think.
Ironically, my town has approved pickers and we have to pay them to come and sort through the trash that the garbage people won't take (furniture,
electronics, etc.) Even still though, if the picker isn't licensed (ie your run of the mill homeless person) they will be arrested, my town even has
a strict anti loitering law that is specifically aimed at the homeless and a person walking down the street "looking homeless" can and has been
stopped and questioned.