YouTube Clip of ‘Dumpster Diving’ Prompts Warning from Wilkes-Barre Township Police

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A video clip of a woman going dumpster diving has landed her in hot water.

If the "no trespassing" signs are not enough, police warn dumpster diving can get you in big trouble with the law,

The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department has a simple message for dumpster divers that they say are hitting the rear part of a shopping center: Don't do it.

Police say ignoring that message could lead to a big fine.

"Someone, basically, telling you how you can reap the benefits of discarded trash at 2:30 in the morning, and again, it is not acceptable behavior."

Wilkes-Barre Township police say a YouTube video shows a woman dumpster diving at the Arena Hub Plaza earlier this month near Wilkes-Barre.

Capt. William Clark says the old adage of one man's trash turning into another man's treasure could land you a fine.

"Some people do not even see a crime when it comes to climbing in and out of a dumpster and grabbing discarded merchandise," said Capt. Clark. "It is not acceptable behavior, and it is not legitimate behavior."

In the rear of the Arena Hub Plaza, there are plenty of signs warning would-be divers to stay away.

"They are not supposed to be there, and our officers are enforcing trespassing violations on these people because they should not be there. If you want the merchandise, buy it," Clark said.

Wilkes-Barre Township police say when you are climbing through trash trying to find buried treasure, you are not just putting yourself in danger, but the police officer called to the scene.

"If you look at it from another perspective, 2:30 a.m. at the rear of a building that could potentially be getting burglarized."

Shoppers tell Newswatch 16 the deals you may find in the dumpsters are not worth the fines.

"I do not see myself doing it," said Alex Nicholas. "It seems like a lot of work and possibly getting arrested is not something I would do."

Police say they could charge the woman seen dumpster diving in that video with trespassing as early as tomorrow.

Fines can reach up to $1,000.


  • jsrant

    This broud is making money off of others, that is called stealing, plain and simple. The ones who need assistance are the ones who should get it. Arrest the ones who abuse the system.

  • lickerblisters

    So let me get this right. You want to take a person who can’t afford to eat and nail them with a fine up to $1,000. Yeah, good luck with that. Then meanwhile while the super cops are watching the back dumpsters the real crooks will be robbing the front. Wilkesbarre, you have it all backwards. Obviously, just look at your chithole city!

    • lickerblisters

      And I’m not defending this woman in this story. Obviously she has the money to eat because she can record and post. I’m talking about the people who have nothing.

    • ozzycoop

      That’s are many other ways to obtain free food without stealing and trespassing. Do it the right way. There is no excuse .

      • jimbrony

        Democrat politicians don’t care about homeless veterans under bridges. But they absolutely do care about tens of thousands of illegals in this country, and don’t care how many more get in.

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