PLA004 Dumpster Diving & Looting Bell Trucks

Dumpster Diving (Garbology) & Looting Bell Trucks

Written by RedBoxChiliPepper on July 23, 1993

Last Revision on July 12, 1994

This file is for informational purposes only. We're not responsible for your stupidity...
While it may not seem very appealing to go digging around in grimey dumpsters, it actually gets some really great results if you know what to look for. In the past I've gotten phone company "how-to" manuals, newsletters, credit card receipts, obsecure phone numbers, a whole shitload of phone company personell records, and other useful items.

So next time you're bored at night, all the bbses are busy and you have nothing better to do, get some old clothes on, grab a flashlight, sneak out of the house and head for the nearest dumpster. You may be happy with what you find. Here's some basic information that I feel would be important for the novice trasher:

Checklist of What To Bring:

                   [] Old jeans, old shirt, old shoes,
                      preferably all dark.
                   [] A flashlight or lighter.
                   [] Small gym bag to put items in.

Checklist of What Not To Bring:

                   [] Your mother or father.
                      (Or any family member)
                   [] Your laptop computer
                   [] A gun and/or ski mask
                   [] A cactus

What To Look For:

Start from one side of the dumpster and kind of work your way over to the other side looking at everything you encounter and for pete's sake, don't throw the stuff you don't want out of the dumpster as that might look suspicious if a cop drove by.

Keep your bag by you and try not to bury it in the rubbish. If you're in a phone company dumpster, you usually don't have to worry about stepping in anything disgusting since their dumpsters seem to only have paper in them. Look for anything that appeals to you-- pieces of paper with phone numbers or passwords written on them, receipts (especially for credit cards), company records, phone bills, anything that you think you shouldn't have, take it

Where To Trash:

Trashing can be done just about anywhere and the rewards vary wherever you go. In some places such as phone company dumpsters, look out for surveilence cameras. If they see you in the dumpster they'll call the cops on you.

  • Video Stores (Get account information to check out videos with other people's accounts. Also maybe a computer dialup number.)
  • Conveinence Stores (Every few months most of them throw away huge boxes of credit card receipts.)
  • Cellular Dealerships (Lodes of information.)
  • Phone Company Buildings (Endless possibilities.)
  • Residents (By stealing your neighbor's trash you can learn a lot about them. Handy for blackmail purposes and ruining lives.)
  • Coffee Shops (FREE coffee grinds and wet paper!!!)

    What If...

    If a cop somehow sees you in there and asks you to explain yourself, tell him you're looking for alluminum cans or other recycleable material. If you live in a more populated area and look scroungy enough, tell him you're homeless and looking for food. That way you won't have to give any I.D. either. One thing I've done a few times is bring a small trash bag of crushed soda cans with me to back up my story of looking for aluminum cans.

    If you're happily looking through a bunch of secret stuff and the garbage truck shows up and starts lifting the dumpster in the air, you're basically fucked. You'll land in the back of his truck and probably be crushed to death and nobody will ever find your body. This has never happened to me yet, but I've always been paranoid that it would.


    Bring a friend and a couple of 2-way radios. Have the friend sit somewhere out of sight and if a cop or anyone comes near the dumpster, he can radio you to sit tight and shut up until their gone.

    It probably wouldn't be a good idea to go trashing in the middle of the day. For one thing, employees are constantly comming out to throw trash in the dumpster and that could get pretty messy for you. Also, you're more likely to be seen in the daytime. So stick to nights and you should do okay.

    Phone companies usually lock their dumpsters. (Go figure) Sometimes it's merely a chain and lock over the top of the dumpster which does no good since you can just jump on the plastic lid and fall right into the dumpster. (Getting out is another story.) If you get caught by the wrong cop, he can take you in and you could get charged with trespassing so be careful and don't get caught.

    "Sorry, sir, we were just trying to find some wire for our science fair project, but as there appears to be nothing here but coffee grounds and cigarette ashes, we had better get going. Have a nice day!" -Karl Marx

    Bell Truck Looting:

    As common as Bell truck looting is, you'd think that they'd have the sense to lock their trucks, especially at night time but they always seem to leave at least one of their compartments open. By looting Bell & GTE trucks, you can obtain all kinds of neat stuff like Bell hard hats, tool belts, lineman hand sets, lots of useless documents and all kinds of cool Bell devices that you have abolutely no use for. It's just cool to "own" Bell stuff, ya know?

    You can either loot a truck at night when all the trucks are parked for the night or you can do it in the middle of the day while a truck is parked some- where while the Bell dude is inside someplace doing some work.

    Ordering A Bell Truck Yourself:

    An interesting idea by Zak was to call in some kind of fake order for a business and wait around for the Bell truck to show up. When the truck got there and the guy went inside, it's yours!

    Call up the Bell repair center or billing office and arrange for them to come to a business of your choice. Try and get a specific time for them to be there (like between 12 noon and 3pm) so you don't have to wait for them all day from 9am to 5pm. Write down when they'll be there.

    Now call up the business you ordered repair for and tell them that a Bell representative will be stopping by tomorrow at (whenever) to check out the lines. Hang around the business until your truck gets there and when he does, have a friend go inside and wander around, keeping an eye on the Bell guy while keeping in touch with you on a 2-way radio so he can warn you if he's comming out. Meanwhile, you'll be looting the truck.

    Nighttime Looting:

    Looting a truck at night is probably the most common. Find the Bell building, go there at night and start checking the trucks for unlocked compartments. Like I said, there's always a few of them open. Ask Zak, he knows. It'd probably be a good idea to carry your handy police scanner with you so you'll know if someone spots you and calls the police.

    In some of the bigger cities the Bell buildings have night rent-a-cops, so watch out for those guys. You never know what they'll pull. They might say, "I've told you a million times not to loot my Bell trucks so I have no alternative but to tell you once again not to loot my Bell trucks!"

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