Brickbat: Have It Your Way

geoftheref / photo on flickrgeoftheref / photo on flickrHouston police ticketed James Kelly for "disturbing the contents of a garbage can." Kelly, who is homeless, said he was only looking for something to eat.

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    Disturbed or merely annoyed?

    Considering what the contents of a garbage can normally have to tolerate, the company of a homeless guy would only be slightly annoying.

    Maybe even less than this comment.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    A good observation - I will go ask the trash can in the break room what it would think of a homeless guy rummaging around in it. I suspect it to be a bit aloof, being an office trash can and all.

  • SugarFree||

    The trash can should have Tweeted a picture of the homeless guy and gotten him fired.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    But the homeless guy could have claimed he was a protected class - wait, are Freegans protected?

  • SugarFree||

    At most, the trash can would have been fired by its own company.

  • ||

    He's lucky he didn't get the Kelly Thomas treatment.

  • John Galt||

    By the time the government types are finished with us we'll all be looking for something to eat in trash bins.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Kelly said he left the service in about 1990 as a Petty Officer Second Class. He was almost halfway to receiving a full 20-year pension.

    Patriotism is the last refuse of a scrounger.

  • LTC(ret) John|| just...

    *decides to begin slow clapping instead of anything else*

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    My comments are never total rubbish; sometimes you just have to sift through them a bit.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Evidently recycling is now bad.

  • Longtorso||

    Somehow appropriate:

    Frito-Lay Has Created The Most Meta Snack Ever
    ...They're Doritos chips that taste like the Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell that have shells that taste like Doritos.

    Umm... you follow?

    Let's break this down.

    Frito-Lay invents Doritos chips.
    Taco Bell and Frito-Lay join forces to create Doritos tacos.
    Frito-Lay makes Doritos chips flavored like Doritos tacos.

  • Longtorso||

    Now Taco Bell just has to use them in their nachos and the circle will be complete.

  • mr simple||

    Are you saying eating these is akin to rummaging through the trash for food?

  • SumpTump||

    Man thats a cool looking row of cans!

  • Rich||

    AnonBot, have you been into the nail-polish remover again?

  • Rich||

    "It's crazy to have a law where you can't look through things that are being discarded," Kallinen said. "People are always looking for cans and so forth — that's part of recycling."

    Indeed, that's part of the great circle of life itself.

  • Ptah-Hotep||

    So the next time a cop goes looking through someones trash looking for evidence, they will be cited as well?

    No, I thought not.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    One justification for such laws is to prevent identity theft and other invasions of privacy. If I leave a lawnmower on my front lawn for my neighbor to pick up, and a homeless person comes by and grabs it, that's theft, no? So what's wrong with a law allowing only the garbage collectors to take my garbage that's left out?


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