Meet the One Who Needs a Dumpster Diver


Photo by James Fischer

This ad appeared on Craigslist here in Milwaukee yesterday:

We are a co located outside of WI, we have a competitor in WI zip code 53089 that we hear might be going out of business in the near future.
We would like to get a hold of their customer list so in the event they close up we can solicit their business. This would mean going through their waste container every night for a few minutes and seeing what you can find. It’s legal!! because it’s in the waste container, but you would need to be smart about it as if someone sees you they’ll stop throwing things out.
You would be mailing these items to us, and we will pay for your time and shipping cost.
Please respond with a phone number and best time to call you.

  • Location: MI WI 262
  • Compensation: cash
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

I love that they give the ZIP code.  I looked it up, and it’s actually a pretty rural part of the Milwaukee metro area with few businesses.  So if they were looking to be discreet, that was probably not their best strategy.  Also, I’m totally picturing this as the beginning of a Law and Order episode, where somebody’s diving in the dumpster looking for corporate secrets, and they find a body.  Then you hear that cha-chunk sound.

Sometimes the cluefree are the ones doing the hiring.

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