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    Curbside picking

    I recently was driving along and spotted 2 fridges a house apart. However a scrapper was at one already so I went to the next one. He came running at me yelling that it was his and I couldn't have it. Not looking to get into a fight I left.
    What do you guys think? My opinion is if its not in your truck or your not in the process of loading it its fair game.


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    Sounds like you were scabbing on his regular route? He probably thinks your stepping on his toes.
    Next time, pee on the fridge while looking him in the eye and say, "this is my territory now b****"


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    Curbside picking

    you were there first, its your prize. I would have said "is your name on it? didn't think so." or I would have said "if you were here first, then why are you approaching me when I am obviously standing here before you."

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    I was dumpster diving one time and a guy came up to me and said "have you been taking my aluminum cans?" I ask him if his name was "BUD" he said "NO" I said "No I havn't been taking your cans" He just walked away.

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    Parker, happy, you guys are jokes! I've only had near misses both ways so far but I sure wouldn't back down if somebody was busy picking something else and I got to the next one first, that's their tough luck they weren't fast enough. I always look at it from the point of view that it's MY TERRITORY being infringed upon, you have to stay competitive or fall behind.
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    i seen two guys throw knuckles over a microwave. they were also pushing shopping carts.

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    IMO, no territory ''belongs'' to any one person. If he was not at the 2nd fridge it wasn't his - you got to it first. Whats he gonna do? Call the police on you for taking something YOU were standing in front of first?
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    We could start a new tv show "Scrapper Wars"

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    Yeah .... a couple of scrappers around here got into it a few months ago. Now there's a scrap war going on.

    It's like .... C'mon guys .... take a deep breath and step back ..... You're fighting over the trash.

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    Sounds like you were scabbing on his regular route? He probably thinks your stepping on his toes.
    Next time, pee on the fridge while looking him in the eye and say, "this is my territory now b****"
    I know there would be a fistful of quarters for that one. I believe in being a good sport. Id say "hey, im going to snatch the compressor and wires and save you the labor. See we can split it and compromise .

    No need to be confrontational. Perhaps there are other avenues of trade the two of you can network on, team up for large projects/contracts. An open hand can yield much potential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyepes View Post
    I know there would be a fistful of quarters for that one. I believe in being a good sport. Id say "hey, im going to snatch the compressor and wires and save you the labor. See we can split it and compromise .

    No need to be confrontational. Perhaps there are other avenues of trade the two of you can network on, team up for large projects/contracts. An open hand can yield much potential.
    So you would just release the refrigerant illegally!

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    This has happened to me a few times, one time I got to a pile of scrap the same time as the other guy, so we decided he'd take the power tools and aluminum and I'd take the computers and wire. Then some guy in a car passes by and calls us "human raccoons" lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkfreak View Post
    So you would just release the refrigerant illegally!

    In my experience fridges 99% of the time never have any refrigerant left actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevenantDusk View Post
    This has happened to me a few times, one time I got to a pile of scrap the same time as the other guy, so we decided he'd take the power tools and aluminum and I'd take the computers and wire. Then some guy in a car passes by and calls us "human raccoons" lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RevenantDusk View Post
    In my experience fridges 99% of the time never have any refrigerant left actually.
    There is a proper and legal way to be sure.

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    Well you know I must agree I have only done like four fridges ever and now that I think about it they never made the same noise that the AC compressors did, so I suppose they were empty. When it comes to the handful of A/C compressors though, I plead the fifth. Lets be real and honest here though, not too many scrappers are being considerate of EPA air pollution regulations though. Usually only those in the HVAC profession even bother. Seen it with my own eyes. with many others.

    But jut for the spirit of compromise, what would it take to release it the proper way, as I do prefer to follow the law if I were ever in such a circumstance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyepes View Post
    Well you know I must agree I have only done like four fridges ever and now that I think about it they never made the same noise that the AC compressors did, so I suppose they were empty. When it comes to the handful of A/C compressors though, I plead the fifth. Lets be real and honest here though, not too many scrappers are being considerate of EPA air pollution regulations though. Usually only those in the HVAC profession even bother. Seen it with my own eyes. with many others.

    But jut for the spirit of compromise, what would it take to release it the proper way, as I do prefer to follow the law if I were ever in such a circumstance.
    Its to late to plead the "5th" you just admitted to it.
    What do base that statement on. Refrigerants are not released, they are recovered.
    Its illegal.to say most scrappers do it shows you have not spent anytime researching this topic. If you did you'd know that most scrappers don't do it your way.
    You insult every member on here with a statement like that.
    Many members have ponied up and gotten the proper creds and equipment to do it responsibly including myself.
    People that do it your way,which isn't a majority like you think makes us all look bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkfreak View Post
    Its to late to plead the "5th" you just admitted to it.
    What do base that statement on. Refrigerants are not released, they are recovered.
    Its illegal.to say most scrappers do it shows you have not spent anytime researching this topic. If you did you'd know that most scrappers don't do it your way.
    You insult every member on here with a statement like that.
    Many members have ponied up and gotten the proper creds and equipment to do it responsibly including myself.
    People that do it your way,which isn't a majority like you think makes us all look bad.
    Unbelievable! We've got a new member here and another that's been here a year and both feel it is OK to release refrigerant.
    If you can't handle it right, leave it to someone who can!
    Take the time to get certified. Spend the money for a proper recovery setup. Don't mess it up for the ones (me included) that do this right and spent 1 to 2 thousand to be able to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkfreak View Post
    Its to late to plead the "5th" you just admitted to it.
    What do base that statement on. Refrigerants are not released, they are recovered.
    Its illegal.to say most scrappers do it shows you have not spent anytime researching this topic. If you did you'd know that most scrappers don't do it your way.
    You insult every member on here with a statement like that.
    Many members have ponied up and gotten the proper creds and equipment to do it responsibly including myself.
    People that do it your way,which isn't a majority like you think makes us all look bad.
    Let's add to this that the fine for the intentional release of refrigerant is $37,500. In addition, the EPA MAY give out up to a $10,000 reporting "bonus" to people that turn in people like you.

    END OF RANT!!!

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