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There is an ettiquete to it. No, you don't cut a lock. Damaging property is bad. People get pissed and you will eventually have police called on you. Also, don't make a mess. If you pull the dumpster apart, make sure you throw everything back in when you are done. Some residents knew me by face and a few actually thanked my for being considerate.
Yep,we have that going on here right now. Just scored new dresser,sofa and chair. I go gung ho over this every year,and have almost totally converted my hubby to it. Good thing we have a truck.
I don't dumpster dive, but like another poster stated, once a year, the whole town puts unwanted stuff out to the curb. Usually about a week early. By the time the pick up day arrives, less than half of the stuff is still out there. You see people all day long driving around town, with pick ups loaded! I've found a few really nice things and some friends have even scored working TV's, stereos, stuff like that.
I have found in the past that the fall to homelessness is shorter than most people want to think about (having experienced it), and when you arrive there you find there are a lot more helpfull people in this world than you might guess.