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11. Posted by murphc09 (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

I read a book a year or so back about a young punk freegan living in the US. He'd eat from bins, steal from wal-mart and hitch-hike his way around the US. The stuff they guy ate was amazing, fresh lobster, expensive cheese, wine, fresh prawns, fruit, cake, you name it the guy had it fresh and from the bins. The supermarkets caught on padlocked the bins so the RUBBISH THEY WERE THROWING OUT COULDN'T GET STOLEN!!! hard to believe huh? he'd scam, squat and freecycle his time away anything he needed he'd get without any major problems. He was always ethical about his stealing too, he'd never shoplift from the local store but would actually enjoy stealing from places like walmart.

What I'm trying to say is, it's possible to live a comfortable and ethical life in some countries without any money and without commiting yourself to major crimes like drug smuggling. Just think how many lives you'd ruin by smuggling drugs? you'd have blood on your hands. How would you feel nicking the odd pack of batterys from wal-mart or tesco?

I'm going to try and find the name of the book, it made me want to pack up and hit the streets.

Ohhh and the book was free if you made a donation to the charity.

12. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

He'd eat from bins, steal from wal-mart and hitch-hike his way around the US. The stuff they guy ate was amazing, fresh lobster, expensive cheese, wine, fresh prawns, fruit, cake, you name it the guy had it fresh and from the bins.

There is a term for this in Germany, it is called "containern", ie containering. But it is getting less and less frequent, because there is also an organisation called "Die Tafel". They collect food from all over and give it to the poor for a small symbolic fee.

13. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I'd really like to read that 1.

14. Posted by murphc09 (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

redpaddy - this book is amazing, honestly, you will seriously think about giving up work after reading this, I was close.

http://www.amazon.com/Evasion-Crimethinc/dp/0970910118

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jun-2009, at 13:37 by murphc09 ]

15. Posted by Berra2k (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

ugh... someone remind me again why I'd have blood on my hands for smuggling drugs?

OMG someone OD'ed off some coke or heroine I may have helped distribute or transport... it's totally MY fault not theirs...

victimless crime.

16. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 127 posts) 7y

Quoting murphc09

redpaddy - this book is amazing, honestly, you will seriously think about giving up work after reading this, I was close.

http://www.amazon.com/Evasion-Crimethinc/dp/0970910118

Evasion, be great read when travelling around SEA

:)

17. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Would you feel less bad if you worked in a vodka distillery and someone diminished the same way from the stuff you were helping to make and sell??
It's a vast open debate!!

18. Posted by murphc09 (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

Quoting Berra2k

ugh... someone remind me again why I'd have blood on my hands for smuggling drugs?

OMG someone OD'ed off some coke or heroine I may have helped distribute or transport... it's totally MY fault not theirs...

victimless crime.

so if you smuggled guns from europe to the middle east and they used those guns to rape, rob, and kill each other it would be a victimless crime? perhaps in your world but I'd struggle to sleep at night. The same goes for drugs, the dealers out there are getting kids hooked, I've got a few friends who have had coke habbits and i've seen it destroy lives first hand, the dealers have played a major part in that.

19. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting Berra2k

ugh... someone remind me again why I'd have blood on my hands for smuggling drugs?

OMG someone OD'ed off some coke or heroine I may have helped distribute or transport... it's totally MY fault not theirs...

victimless crime.

Are you serious?

Ever see a 12-year-old addict? I'm sure they made a conscious decision to turn to a life of drugs.

Wash your hands all you want, Ms. Macbeth.

20. Posted by murphc09 (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Would you feel less bad if you worked in a vodka distillery and someone diminished the same way from the stuff you were helping to make and sell??
It's a vast open debate!!

cars kill, the debate is so open it's unreal.