Dumpster-Diver Takes Unexpected Trip

July 6, 2009 at 8:59 am | Posted in News | 1 Comment

commercial-dumpsterUh oh. “A Clarke County woman who had climbed into a city Dumpster was accidentally picked up by a garbage truck and transported to the Regional Landfill Thursday morning,” according to the Winchester, Virginia Star:

“Authorities have not released the identity of the 48-year-old woman, but according to county Sheriff’s Office Maj. Robert Eckman, she was unharmed when workers at the landfill opened the trash bin and found her there. He said the woman had climbed into the Dumpster at Goodwill Industries on Millwood Avenue Wednesday, but couldn’t get out.

“He said she spent the night in the trash receptacle and was still inside early Thursday when a trash truck picked up the Dumpster.

“Eckman said it was fortunate for the unwilling passenger that the garbage truck wasn’t the kind that turns the Dumpster upside-down or compacts trash. ‘She was very lucky; she could have lost her life,’ he said.

“When the trash truck arrived at the landfill and workers opened the lid, the woman came walking out, Eckman said.

“County officials won’t charge the woman with scavenging because it was a city Dumpster, and Winchester has no ordinance against going through trash.”

Other areas — such as Sacramento, California — have such ordinances, making certain types of scavenging a crime.

“Eckman said she didn’t appear to be under the influence of an intoxicant and refused medical attention: ‘The only thing she asked for is a ride back to Goodwill.'”

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