Ardmore Business Owner Verbally Accosted By Bike Riding Dumpster Diver

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic Sherry Tillman does a lot for Ardmore, so really, she did not need to find this guy once again in her dumpster behind her store.

Yes, dumpster diving. Artists do it, pickers do it, people who are hungry and homeless will do it.

No one knows what this guy's story is, other than he targets the dumpsters of the small businesses along Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore.

Sherry has nicely asked this guy before to stay out of her dumpster. No one knows what he is hunting for - whether it is cans or bottles, buried treasure, or food. However, if someone nicely asks you to get out of their dumpster and stay out, you would think that would be enough. But it isn't for this guy, and he gets nasty. He also throws the trash around, which means more work work local business owners.

Yesterday afternoon, mystery man on the bicycle was at it again. So once again Sherry and neighbors from adjacent businesses go outside. This guy was asked to get out of the dumpster and this time he really verbally accosted Sherry.

That is crap. Everyone who knows Sherry knows she is one of the nicest people out there. I don't think she deserves this behavior, and the fact that this guy is angry enough to unleash the verbal diatribe on Sherry.....is cause for concern, don't you think?

I don't know who this guy is, he did not want Sherry taking his photo, though.

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If you catch this guy in the act, just call the police. There is no reasoning with him apparently and he doesn't respect the business owners asking him NOT to do this. No one knows what he is looking for, so there is no point in leaving whatever out of the dumpster to the side for him. I wonder if he knows or if it is just some sort of compulsion.

Whatever. Not my job to analyze this guy's motives. That is for the LMPD. All I know is the small business owners of Ardmore in Lower Merion put up with enough other stuff on a daily basis just existing in Lower Merion Township, let lone struggling to survive in a crappy economy. They don't need to deal with this guy too.

Enough is enough.

And yes, in that one photo, the guy is giving Sherry Tillman the finger.

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I have been told this guy dives for bottles and cans to recycle they assume for money. Ok so maybe he needs the money. We can all get that. But getting nasty with people who don't want them in the dumpster they pay for and are responsible for (including picking up the trash he tosses around when searching for cans and bottles) is not acceptable.

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I know who this guy is.  He is far from homeless.  He owns a condo at Haverford Village Condominiums on Ardmore avenue.  In addition to dumpster diving, he owns a full size pickup truck and does house cleanouts.  

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This guy has been doing this for years, such a whack job. This treatment of one of our business leaders is not acceptable, and someone should let the police know about this

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This guy's condo faces Haverford College.  If you go into the Haverford Village complex and follow the driveway around to the right, he is along the back.  He travels around in his pick-up truck collecting the contents of recycling buckets the night before collection when everything is at the curb ... other times he is on the bike (as seen in the picture) going through trash cans and dumpsters all over Ardmore.  He is considered "dangeros to talk to".  Perhaps the police should speak with him .....

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He travels around in his pick-up truck collecting the contents of recycling buckets the night before collection when everything is at the curb ...

Not sure exactly how it works in LM, but this could well be theft.

Waste collection costs are often calculated based on an assumption that a set amount of money from the sale of recyclables will be made. If this guy takes a lot of recyclables, it could drive up our solid waste fees/taxes. If that is the case, this guy is stealing from both taxpayers and the township.

Interestingly, it is not illegal to take regular trash. The Supreme Court ruled as much in giving cops the ability to take stuff from your trash if they are investigating you without it being theft.

As for the dumpsters behind the businesses, that strikes me as trespassing if he is unwanted. If he were nice about it and came early in the morning before business owners opened and kept things clean, I would doubt business owners would mind, but the way he is going about it, a business owner could have him charged with trespassing - and I'd say he has it coming to him given his belligerent attitude.

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Someone wrote to me off the blog and said:

This guy is absurd. He dives in the dumpster behind the laundromat. One day one of my children said, "Mommy what's he doing?" And he (the guy) started yelling at my child "don't worry about it".

Mommy was not having that!! No reason to yell at a 3 year old that's just curious.... What a mess that guy is.

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As others have said, this is definitely something to talk to the police about.

Someone said they knew where he lives and what kind of vehicle he drives. I don't think posting that here would be such a hot idea, because I don't want to see him harassed over something which is admittely, well in the "misdemeanor" category, but passing such info onto Sherry so she could pass it on to the local police would be a good idea.

 

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I have been told the police are aware now. But this guy has been doing this for a while and it is not right

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Locks are usually put on dumpsters to prevent people from putting things in, but they may be the solution for this situation, as well.

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" All I know is the small business owners of Ardmore in Lower Merion put up with enough other stuff on a daily basis just existing in Lower Merion Township"

I wish sometimes that you could just stick to the facts at hand and not add unnecessary blanketed negativity...

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I am sorry did not know you were Pollyana, WCNO

I wish sometimes that you could just stick to the facts at hand and not add unnecessary blanketed negativity...

I did stick to the facts and offered some opinion.

Sorry if it is too negative for your delicate sensibilities, but I am also allowed to offer my opinion since this happened to a FRIEND of mine. The funny thing is this, this post was neither particularly positive or negative. So I am not quite sure why you felt the urge to chide.

Thanks for stopping by.

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A few years ago Radnor made it a rule that once the homeowner puts the recyclables at the curb the Township is the owner of the contents.

I think they had issues with night time pickers taking aluminum.  That rule is for homes not private businesses. 

Business dumpsters are on private property so it would be trespassing if one does not have permission. 

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I don't think you understood my post. This thread is good - pointing out an isue in the community. And I agree its terrible that it happened to a FRIEND of yours and it is helpful you posted this info.

 

Writing stuff like "its hard enough for thsee businesses in lower merion" is just blanketed negativism the world doesn't need.  I'm sure lots of people wish they could live in lower merion or conditions like it Attention brought facts, which was the majority fo your post, yes.

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Commenting how it is hard enough for businesses in Lower Merion to exist without the added crap of a nasty dumpster diver is NOT "blanketed negativism" it happens to be the truth. And reality. It is tough to be a small business, including in Lower Merion. I don't care if you don't feel the world needs this comment or not. It is my opinion and I am comfortable with it as such. Thanks.

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Some people like to read stuff that focuses on one topic that's all. 

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WCNO, you are being deliberately tiresome. Let me break it down: write and post things written the way you want to read them, and stop reading what I write. That way you are happy.

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