Urbandumpsterdiver's Blog

November 12, 2009

Brownies and Beer

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 12:13 am

Odd Combo Indeed – story to follow……..

One my first route tonight I encountered another diver. I’ve seen her before – she’s been out of town. Immediately she said the security guard stopped her and told her not to come back. I don’t believe her.

 I’m at that store every night  – usually the Security Guard or the supervisor drive by in the truck and wave at me. I think she said that to keep me away from that store. Not happening Momma.
Went to another store tonight on my route that I’d forgotten about. It’s a speciality gourmet store and liquor store.
Well I scored. When I looked in the bin there was 10 12-packs of holiday beer pack. Mexican, German and Karl Strauss beer. Wow!
There was NO way I could get those out of there. I really only wanted 2 of them.
There was a man and woman with (about my age) with a grown son with them. I think they were living out of their RV. I went up to the young man and told him about all the beer in the bin. He jumped up with such glee it was as if I told him Pamela Anderson was nearby naked.
He jumped in that bin, grabbed every single of those 12 packs and loaded 2 in my truck. He told me this particular store throws out a LOT of pre-cooked sausage. I thought oh goody, another store to add my to route.
While we’re in the middle of diving a security guard approached (young kid). He said are you two scavenging for cans? I said oh no, we’re retrieving 10 12 packs of new beer. It’s criminal that they’re throwing this out. He agreed. He said OK, I didn’t see you guys, I’m leaving you now, I’ll come back if I see the police in the parking lot. So after we’re done, I drive by and told him thank you for being so cool about it. Do you have a sweet tooth? He said I sure do, I said cool, I’ll bring you brownies next week when you’re working. Now I’ve gotta write down my calendar to make that young man some brownies.
A young man from another store gave me a bunch of Halloween stuff they were going to throw out. When I expressed dismay that they were going to throw it out, you could tell he was not liking our conversation. He said I have a young daughter, I’m a single dad, I just started working here, I don’t want to get fired.
I said I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable. I’ll just leave empty handed so there is no problems. He came after me and said you know what? They’re going in the trash anyway, let me fill up a bag for you. I thought how nice. I told him do you like brownies? He said yes I do. I have a serious sweet tooth after quitting smoking. Perfect. I went home, made up a batch of delightfully rich brownies and brought them to him. I think he thought I was just BS’ing and was going to blow him off. He was gone by the time I got back to the store.
The next morning I called the store and you could tell he was annoyed to answer the phone, he’s probably pulled very thin. I said hey this is the Brownie Lady, how did you like your brownies? It was OH HI thank you! I shared them with all my staff.
Dive into rich brownies……………….


  1. Sweet score! I would have snagged all that beer; always good for sharing with friends.

    Do you encounter a lot of locked dumpsters?

    Comment by Henry — November 16, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  2. I do encounter locked dumpsters. However managers change, employees get lazy and the dumpster become unlocked. I’ll post today my story from last night – retrieved a brand new swivel office chair. The only thing wrong with it was one caster gone, but otherwise it’s still a good chair. I’m sitting on it now!

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 16, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

  3. Here’s a little secret about locked dumpsters: The garbage companies all use the same locks on the dumpsters. If you can make friends with an employee at any business that uses a particular hauler’s dumpsters, try to borrow the key and make a copy. Voila, you now can get into any dumpster from that hauling company. I did it when a buddy of mine worked at a coffee shop, and I still have the key for BFI dumpsters in Santa Barbara, and it still works!

    Comment by Henry — November 17, 2009 @ 9:57 am

  4. Hey, I forgot to ask: Was that chair found in a box, like that assemble-it-yourself furniture?

    Comment by Henry — November 17, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

  5. No Henry, it was already assembled sitting in the trash, just waiting for me to pick it out and use it!

    I went by last night and it was locked again.

    I like the key idea luv, thank you for the tip.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 17, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

  6. I used to work for a company assembling that RTA furniture you get at Office Depot, etc. If you get the manufacturer and model number of the chair (e.g. look for the same chair inside the store), you can contact the mfr. and tell them that you got the chair and it was missing the caster. They usually send a replacement NQA.

    Comment by Henry — November 17, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

  7. Where do you dumpster dive?

    Comment by jterese — August 12, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  8. How do I follow you?

    Comment by jterese — August 12, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  9. Jterese – I’m UrbanFreegan on Twitter. I have my tweets private only for followers. Keeps all these companies looking at my blog and maybe locking their dumpsters.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — August 12, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: