Yesterday I found a 20 gallon, 6 hp Shop-vac with hose in the dumpster
behind the local shopping area. I brought it home, cleaned it up, emptied
the body, put in a bag and started it up. It works POIFECT. Good strong
suction and no holes.
Actually, I think it's because, if you're minding your own business, not
causing trouble, and drinking out of a paper bag, the police, generally
speaking, wouldn't technically have the right to search your bag to see if
you're drinking in public. For a warrantless search, you would need at
least some reasonably articulable, individualized suspicion that searching
the guy would reveal some evidence of a crime.
Of course, of the guy looks intoxicated, acts intoxicated, etc., that's
probably enough to satisfy that requirement, and allow a warrantless search,
and so any officer who did look in the bag would likely later indicate that
he did so based on his suspicion that the guy was drinking because he looked
intoxicated, regardless of whether that was true or not.
Easier to just live in Vegas where you can drink on the street legally . . .
re: finding a good vac in the trash:
I used to have great luck with salvaging computers, electronics and such,
but I no longer work in Manhattan.
Many folks discard things for the slightest reason.
It seems folks are too stupid to maintain things,
let alone fix anything. No more "fix it shops" either.
I just unclogged a shop vac at school because nobody understood
that the inner "Y" adapter clogs easily.
I'm pleased that new vacs eliminated that sharp bend.
re: drinks in a plain paper bag:
there are actually laws against exposed bottles.
I don't know where the OP lives, but many communities have laws about
public consumption of liquor. NC, for instance, has such laws, and you
see the same behavior (beer or liquor being drunk from the can/bottle
within a paper bag) at any football game or fraternity party. It's not
a homeless thing.
But you're right about LV
H, who grew up in Reno, and was shocked as a teenager to find out that
other states would not sell liquor in the 7-11, next to the slot
machines. Thank goodness these other states were at least brave enough
to continue with prostitution....
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