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 Do You Think It's A Good Idea To Do A School Experiment On Seeing What Stores You Can Shoplift From?
So my friends and I had this idea for school to try and document what stores can pick up on you shoplifting and what stores will fail to realize it.

If we happen to get out of the store ...

 What can i do about my neighbor using my water?
My neighbor is also my landlord. We have caught him hooking his hose up to our water spicket to water his garden and give his dog a bath. Our electric bill has tripled because of this. I'm ...

 Why is marijuana still illegal?
I have been wondering lately while marijuana is still illegal...I have seen online and my friends have shown me numerous videos as to how the FD A's testing of weed was faulty because of they ...

 If I am serving someone small claims court papers in California and they don't want to take them what do I do?
If they refuse to actually take them from my hand must I only have the papers touch their body or can I set them down in their presence?...

 They have put up a proposal to amend the constitution. No gay marriages what do you think about this?

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more and more states are going this way also....

 I need an abortion, what are the laws?
OK so i thought that you could get an abortion until the time of delivery pretty much. I'm about three months pregnant and have been waiting so i could move out and not tell my mom well i moved ...

 Is the extradition of Gary McKinnon the biggest insult of the UK by America in history?

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Yesterday's decision to allow Gary McKinnon to be extradited to the U.S. is a hammer blow to British justice. A vulnerable man with Asperger's Syndrome now ...

 Why do liberals advocate the legalization of dangerous street drugs like Marijuana?
My cousin overdosed on Pot. He was 19 years old, & a senior in high school. He was always a favorite in our family, & everyone loved him. He was a football player, & an active member in ...

 Is it legal in Georgia for a 17 year old female and and 21 year old male to date?

 If my ex wife admitted under oath that she commited adultery in court. Can I be held sued d for lible?
I'm wanting to run a personal ad basically telling the public that she is in adulterous and that her and her paramour commited adultery. She is so smug and shows no remorse and he has cut and ...

 True or false: The 4 unenforceable laws: Prostitution, Drug Laws, Abortion, and the 65 mph speed law.?
Old as mankind, and a victimless crime.

Drug Laws:
Our drug laws are a colossal dismal failure, and cause more harm than good.

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 is it legal for me to drop out and my dad cant say anything about it?
like if i drop out and get my GED at 16 my dad cant make me finish high school because im 16 right? theres no possible way for him to stop me from getting my GED at 16 right?
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 Is banning sex offenders from sites like facebook and myspace a violation of human rights?
I have asked several sex offender based questions in the past as I have a family member who is a sex offender. I am always fighting for equal rights for sex offenders, and I would like to know if it ...

 Why did they arrest me for shooting a person I caught stealing my car.?
Last week while at work I was heading out to my car to go get lunch when I found broken glass everywhere and someone laying in my floor board trying to hot wire my car and steal it. I went back ...

 Do you think it's fair to receive a $107.50 fine for failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign?
I know what i did was wrong. But that seems a little bit much. It's not as if I didn't stop at all.
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Did not run the stopsign did stop apparently not long ...

 My mother passed away on Friday June 13. Of course I didnt go to work.?
And now my employer says that I will not be paid for taking off. Is it not some kind of law that states that employees get grevience pay? And also does anyone know of any one ot contact for help with ...

 is it illegal to put in a different age into a application form?
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 Why do Americans need guns, or why is it a right to own a weapon?
Doesn't easy access to Shotgungs and Semi Automatic weapons in grocery shops - encourages, gangs and thugs to out duel Police?

How can a good Semetitan live safely when your city ...

 What if you came in to some money re: a law suit...and nosy nellies?
ask..."did you get some money"...HOW CAN YOU NOT ANSWER BECAUSE THAT IS PRIVATE...BUT NOT LIE??? PEOPLE THEY drive me crazy???? they are soooo nosy......

 Florida Prisons separating families from there loved ones?
Florida Dept of Corrections has been shipping inmates far away from there families for punishment, who can we contact to help us to get these inmates shipped closer to there families???? Your help is ...

Is it a crime or illegal to take stuff from other people's garbage or recycling containers?
such as bottles and cans to recycle?
in California or anywhere else?

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It is illegal yes, because you are not allowed to mess up trash collection.

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No if they dont catch you

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Legally, yes if it is on private property, i.e., in a persons yard. I believe there is a lot of tolerance, however, for people who are helping the environment and making their living. As long, as that person doesn't leave a mess behind.

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no, once you put something on the curb you are saying you don't want it. bottles and cans could be different, because the state makes money off that. be careful in CA, they'll pay someone $4000 to track you down and fine you $1000.

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Generally speaking, it is not a crime to go through someone's trash. Once they put it out for collection, they've given up ownership. Making a mess is probably illegal, and some high end neighborhoods may enact ordinances against it to discourage homeless people from scavenging their street, but in generally, it's no crime.

Recycling is different. When something is put out for recycling, it is not discarded, it is a donation to the entity picking it up. It's their property. In most places with recycling plans, it IS a crime to take things from someone else's recycling bin.

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The United States Supreme court actually wrote on this. Police went through the garbage of a person and found drug mateiral. They used that as evidence.

The defense argued that it was illegal to take it, but the court ruled that garbage by the street is just that, garbage. (while that applies to government, same can be argued as a civilian)

Of course there could be local ordinances against it.

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Once on the curb, there's no expectation of privacy.
If you're taking it out of the recycle bin, be careful. Who know what's in there.

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It is illegal to take recyclables out of a recycling bin.

This kind of theft actually impacts the city's garbage and recycling programs, as they lose profits from the sale of those recyclables.

However, these people are not frequently prosecuted for their crimes. In San Francisco (where I live) it's so widespread and organized that people hardly acknowledge it at all.

If you're unlucky, you will be charged with theft.
If you steal enough-- you'll get nailed with grand theft.

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Victoria Sparda
If it's in a recycling bin then yes, if it's thrown in with normal garbage then no.

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Computer Guy
Things put in a recycling bin belong to the recycling company.

Things put in the garbage belong to nobody. However, if you mess up the place digging through the garbage, you could be prosecuted for littering.

Dumpsters are another story. Local ordinances abound. In general, if you are neat about it, nobody will complain, but sometimes you find a harda$$.

Where I live, women with gangs of small children come and rifle the recycle bins for aluminum cans early in the morning before the trucks come. They are quiet and polite, so while they are technically stealing, nobody is likely to turn them in.


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The cans etc put in the recycle bin belong to the recycling company. Their price bid to the city for garbage pickup is calculated based on an assumption that they will make a certain amount of money from the sale of recyclables. If you steal the stuff before they get it, they lose that money.

People HAVE been prosecuted for stealing recyclables from the cans.


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Actually the court case California vs. Greenwood in 1988 resulted in the court deciding that it is legal to take one's trash after it is placed to the curb or street with the intent to dispose of it. Thus, rendering trash abandoned.

The case was based on police searching through the trash for evidence without a warrant.

Recyclables separated from the main trash are another story.

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