- March 10, 2008 at 7:42 pm #256496
Um, I don’t know where you get your info from, but throwing something out doesn’t make it public domain….do you think it’s okay for someone to go through YOUR trash when you put it out on the curb? Would you like someone to take something out of your trash — like credit card numbers, account numbers, etc? Just because it’s thrown out doesn’t make it public domain. When it’s in YOUR trash, on YOUR property, it is still YOUR property, and nobody has the right to go through it or remove anything from it.
Once it’s in the dump, of course, that’s different. As long as it’s on YOUR property, taking anything from it is theft.
That’s VERY interesting considering the police are allowed to collect evidence from dumpsters and garbage cans because once it’s been thrown out it’s consider public domain… meaning they don’t need a warrant etc to collect someone’s “trash” as evidence. Yet, they can turn around and charge someone with theft for taking something that they themselves can take without cause? Interesting….
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