Yes, They Will Steal Anything

I would not have predicted this theft:

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A bizarre theft has Rock Hill police searching for 200 gallons of grease.

Police said thieves pried open waste containers behind the Wing King Restaurant on Wednesday and pumped out the used cooking oil.

It’s the second time in two days that a restaurant reported a similar theft in Rock Hill, police said.

The store’s manager, Mike Wilson, said he thinks someone is stealing the oil and trying to sell it by converting it to bio-diesel fuel.

“People are doing everything they can to earn extra money, make extra money,” Wilson said. “One man’s trash is money for someone else.”...

Thieves stealing used grease from restaurants--stuff that the owner likely pays to have disposed?

What is next someone swiping my bags of collected dog feces?

Actually, I am all for that. I'll even leave my hand-held shovel so they can directly remove it from the lawn.

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On a related note, if you need extra cash to pay for an upcoming wedding you can sell copper as scrap.

Just make sure it is your copper.

22 comments:

Miss Caitlin S. said...

oooo, perhaps they would like to come once a night and steal my trash and then nicely discard (and recycle) what they don't want... haha. Copper theft is huge in Oregon so I hear... I imagine other places as well.

Miranda Hardy said...

Totally bizarre! Used grease? Copper theft is big in Florida, too. They are required to ID people who are selling in the scrap yards.

Matthew MacNish said...

Is that even illegal? Stealing garbage? I thought that's why investigators were allowed to dig through your garbage.

Sarah Forgrave said...

Wow. That's all I have to say.

Pat Hatt said...

If the are using it to scam people into believing it's oil, yeah that's obviously illegal. But what can they get them on for stealing garbage? Trespassing?

Just sad, I got pringle cans full of cat poo. I'll hand them out for free..haha

Clarissa Draper said...

Oh crap, they're on to me...

ladyfi said...

LOL! And why? says she, scratching her head...

Maxi said...

I can so relate to this post.

Jeni wanted to put her own headboard and footboard in her room, so we put the old ones out by the road.

A neighbor came out and asked if he could have them to sell at the flea market.

One man's trash is another man's money…

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Hmmm. Sounds to me like someone has been watching Season 7 of Weeds on Showtime. They sell used cooking grease for biodiesel in an episode.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
That will ONLY work if they can make dog feces a VIABLE "alternative fuel"...

Lord KNOWS they already have enough BULLSH*T in D.C., and they're STILL not going anywhere!

As to the grease theft?

I'd be cruising around sniffing for FRIES (where there aren't supposed to BE any)...LOL

Weird stuff, for sure.

Stay safe out there.

Anvilcloud said...

Maybe those thieves have a lot of squeaky wheels to attend to?

Momma Fargo said...

LOL. The oil. That's a first.

And stealing copper is a common thing around here. Oy.

Little Ms. Fun said...

Really? Everyone is my family has a nice container of frozen grease in there freezer. How much can we make on it? hahaha

Seriously though, what's worse than the person stealing this is the person who reported the robery. Like, who cares? What were THEY planning on doing with it that our tax money needed to be spent on the mystery?

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

Oh my gosh! Some people are so resourceful LOL!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Why didn't the thieves just ask the restaurant owner if they could have it? They would probably just say yes

Lisa said...

I have heard of people stealing copper. Construction sights around here lock it up overnight if they have large rolls of it. As for your doggie waste...they'll probably just steal your shovel and leave the rest.

Beth Zimmerman said...

If you get any takers for that send them my way! I'll have them clean the cat litter!

Ed Pilolla said...

i know a few people with cars that run on vegetable oil, and they get the used oil from neighborhood restaurants that just give them it out of the back. it's a good deal:)

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Just when you thought you heard everything.....amazing.

James (SeattleDad) said...

I remember hearing about a southern restaurant which has been using the same cooking grease for decades. Ewwwwwh.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the comments all.

@ Matthew & Pat: Though laws vary by jurisdiction, the easiest guess at why this would be theft is that the containers holding the grease were the restaurants and were swiped as well.

secret agent woman said...

To me, this shouldn't even count as stealing.