There is a clothing drop-box near my local post-office. It does not say ‘clothing only’ (though many of them do), however it does say ‘clothing’. People often drop all kinds of things off. I have seen giant metal desks, computer monitors with broken screens, strollers, boxes of food… just piled around outside of it.
If the box says ‘clothes’, and people leave stuff lying outside the box that isn’t clothes, is that stuff being dumped illegally, and is it fair game? Does it belong to the company that owns the box, since it was left for them? Or does it belong to the individual who owns the land on which the drop-box sits (next to a railroad, may be railroad property for all I know.)
The trash/broken things…that’s illegal dumping. But what about a good working stroller? I have to date liberated two strollers from there. I’m using them. When I’m done with them, I will pass them on to a crisis pregnancy center, and they will be put to good use. I was telling my parents this, and dad said not to get caught doing it, as it was theft. He said he’d seen something in the news about people stealing from these boxes - but, the story he saw was about people actually taking things out of the boxes. So my situation is not the same.