MI - Man arrested for trying to smuggle 10,000 aluminium cans across states

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  1. Tarasoft11

    Tarasoft11 Former Member

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    full article: http://bit.ly/2bXc3L8

    "A Michigan man is facing up to five years jail time after a traffic stop revealed his alleged "Seinfeld"-inspired scheme to cash in 10,000 aluminum cans he drove across state lines.In Michigan, a person can get 10 cents back for every bottle or can. Compare that to five cents in other states, and you can see the alleged motive here. Coincidence or not, a similar plot was featured in a 1996 "Seinfeld" episode titled "The Bottle Deposit." Just one problem: it is illegal to bring cans in from a different state and make a profit from it."
     
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  3. glf

    glf New Member

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    What a stupid rule!
     
  4. Dockins

    Dockins New Member

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    Slow day for police? "Smuggling" cans, lol.
     
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    bluesneakers Well-Known Member

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    This piece has some more information:


    Man faces prison after allegedly trying to deposit 10,000 bottles in Michigan


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  6. Dockins

    Dockins New Member

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    When I was little in SC, (mid 80's), we got a dime a bottle from the Pepsi plant. We would spend weekends digging through ditches, trash, and God knows where else to find bottles to cash in for church youth trips. We never collected cans because they weren't as lucrative. Oh, nothing is like digging in a snake infested ditch for a mud filled bottle...good times, lol.
    The link from blue sneakers makes more sense as to why he was arrested. So, I'm guessing he had bottles and not cans as stated in the original article?
     
  7. glf

    glf New Member

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    I remember when my kids were little and I would go out collecting cans just to try to make ends meet for a day or two before pay day. And work at it all one day, and get a lousy 42 cents a pound.
    So that way, maybe get a half gallon of milk and a pack of smokes. And anywhere I have ever lived, you could sell cans, and you could take cardboard and plastic jugs for recycling, but that was just a courtesy thing, you never got a penny. I would usually save plastic because the bins were at the grocery store, someplace I had to go anyway.
     
  8. glf

    glf New Member

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    Ditto!!
     
  9. BrownRice

    BrownRice Well-Known Member

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    Surprised at how many criminals are arrested because of traffic infractions. If I was breaking the law, I'd have my cruise control set for the speed and would check my brake lights every 10 miles.

    Have a hard time defining this chap as a criminal though.
     
  10. jjenny

    jjenny Well-Known Member

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    Now this is the crime of the century.
     
  11. glf

    glf New Member

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    They should be happy. This guy's ultimate goal was to make some money, but in the long run, he was being productive by getting bottles and cans that were littering the city streets and the highways. I wish more people who need extra cash would do things like this instead of trying to steal from the grocery store or spend two hrs standing in line at the local food bank.
     

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