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If you get found, it will be a civil matter, not criminal and if you cause no damage and give back what you took, you will not get into any trouble.

If you don't get caught you get to keep everything you took! Go for it!
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post #62 of 238
It is illegal to dumpster dive. Just because its in the dumpster does not mean its not still owned by the person who put it there. Once a city official (ie garbage man) takes possession of it it becomes trash, which is, if anything, the property of the government.
Its illegal, and I would bet that they aren't being thrown away at all. They are most likely being sold to a refurbishing company to help offset the cost of the replacement computers.

If you could rape someone and get away with it would you? I hope not because the same thing applies here.
"Its illegal but its only a problem if you get caught" is a stupid argument to make for anything.
Especially if the person saying it is serious.
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i remeber my friend going to college, thier dumb college, threw something like 30 or 40 C2Q Q9550 rigs w/ 4GB of ram and 250GB HDD's into the trash cause they had corrupt OS's, we went back that same night, dumpster dove them all out, fixed them and profited from all the kids wanted newer pcs o.o
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post #64 of 238
Take them and have a massive E8400 giveaway! You'd be the most popular guy on OCN!
 
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post #65 of 238
In many cases, it is illegal. However, if you race up to the dumpster with a truck, start tossing cases into your truck, and leave, no one's going to care.

At college (in a small town), all the townies would race dumpster to dumpster on Graduation weekend. Anything and everything they could find was scooped up to craigslist off in the fall. I almost got in a fight with one of the rednecks who was pissed that I was out there too shopping for my apartment.
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post #66 of 238
Anything put on the curb is considered abandoned. It is not illegal to walk over and dig through it. If the garbage is sitting on private property then of course it wouldn't be considered abandoned even if it's in a trash can or dumpster. If you ask the trash guys as they are removing it if you can have it then that would be fine. Don't go onto private property and start looking at peoples trash though because there are several laws that someone could press charges for in that case.
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School is a public place, so no worries there, as long as your not smoking or doing drugs! It is so sad to see all of OUR taxes going to work like this! If I was u, I'd take them all, and make some cash, or better yet, fix them up and give them away to ppl that can't afford a PC!!
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post #68 of 238
If they are wrapped up in cellophane they are not trash. If they are physically in the dumpster you should be fine. Take put as many cases as you can into a car or truck and take them to your home, repeat until empty.

You can sell them as a full computer, or parts, or have them melt down for scrap metals (gold).
post #69 of 238
I'd go with what some above have said, just get a parent or close relative who has a truck and pile them all in the back of it. Get in and go.

Added note - it feels horrible that my CPU is being thrown away like old garbage.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Allamand View Post
School is a public place, so no worries there, as long as your not smoking or doing drugs! It is so sad to see all of OUR taxes going to work like this! If I was u, I'd take them all, and make some cash, or better yet, fix them up and give them away to ppl that can't afford a PC!!
^^This
My school threw away 35 New(less than 1 year old) rigs with a X4 955 and ATI FirePro V8800 and 8 gb of 1600MHz ram because they had irreparably damaged drives or corrupt Os's or they didn't know how to set them up correctly.
Went by and picked them from the Janitor(a friend of mine), sold them, and gave the cash to my parents to help with their bills and to buy a new fence and my brother something nice
When I found out they were throwing them out I almost S*** a Brick, I said I would help, but they went all oh your just a teenager, you don't know anything
    
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