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December 13, 2009

Property Destroyed on Purpose

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 5:39 pm

Out and about on my nightly route. Found another disturbing thing in the dumpsters. I’m behind one of the big box stores that has another store in the strip mall. I won’t mention their name here.

Looking in the dumpster and there at least 30 TV trays (good ones) that were thrown in the dumpster and deliberately maimed. You could tell that the TV tray legs were deliberately ripped off the trays so that no one could use them. The trays were in perfectly good shape, now worthless to anyone.

Now they’ll sit in a landfill forever or maybe heaven forbid someone who works in the trash hauling company can use it for firewood. There was also a director’s chair brand new, broken apart deliberately and the chair pad slashed.

WHY? Really WHY? Those TV trays could have been donated to the Salvation Army, a homeless shelter, a recovery home, anything. Now it does no one any good.

The same dumpster had loads and loads of popcorn in the bag, cookies, crackers all slashed. I did a spot check on the bags; NONE of them were expired, all way before their expiration date.

Same night go to another store. About 30 bottles of vegetable oil, slashed. I recovered about a dozen of them to take home and give away. In this same dumpster loads and loads of fig newtons, cookies and crackers slashed.

It takes way more energy to slash the products than to throw them in the trash. Plus it leaves a mess when they do that.

If you’re a store manager or corporate CEO of a food company and you’re doing this, SHAME ON YOU! We have thousands of hungry families who are literally broke, out of unemployment checks or can’t get a job to save their lives. The same people who feathered your company nest many years ago, now could use your help. Many families are now moving back in with mom and dad as money is tight and you throw this stuff away?

I never hope you’re out of work and have to live on such a tight budget that you can barely sleep. I know MANY families who can’t sleep at night worrying about how their going to feed their families, pay their mortgage or buy food. Food is going up; I see it every day at the stores. I had one store manager tell me well you know everything is going up, I said wages aren’t. He didn’t say another word.

It’s outright despicable, spiteful and mean spirited. I’m going to buy a video camera and do a documentary on this. I’ve decided I’m going to out these companies.



  1. Get ’em! Exposure of this is the only way they will change the practice.

    I worked for a company in Vista, CA about 10 years ago, and that was SOP for products that could not be repackaged and sold. They called is “slash and trash”. Disgusting.

    Comment by Henry — December 14, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

  2. Well Henry. I finally got ahold of the corporate office today. The customer rep (some young kid) gave me the run around and was a rude arrogant prick. He told me time and time again that the corporate office didn’t speak to the public and that he would not transfer me. I hung up on him.

    I called one of their stores and got a different number. I talked to someone in corporate and told her what happened.

    She said, go back down to that store and talk to the manager in person. Tell him what you told me. She said tell him to put the stuff in a box, give it you instead of giving it to the landfills.

    I said what if he gives me grief like that other little punk did? She said here is my name and direct line. Call me if that doesn’t work.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — December 15, 2009 @ 12:20 am

  3. And did it work?

    Comment by bob — November 10, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  4. Yes! When I was living in CA, I continued to go to that store quite often. The property inside was no longer destroyed.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 10, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

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