Falling Asleep in a Dumpster on Pickup Day…Not a Good Idea

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Photo of Justin Gilpatrick in the ambulance. Via: NY Daily News

A 27-year old man from Portland, OR chose the wrong place to bed down after a booze-filled night. Justin Gilpatrick passed out in a cardboard recycling dumpster this past Friday instead of driving home drunk. He was smart for not driving home, but not so much for choosing a dumpster as a makeshift bed.

A Waste Management truck picked up the dumpster at about 1 am Saturday morning with Gilpatrick sleeping inside.

The most bizarre part of this story is that the recycling truck compacted the man twice, and somehow he managed to survive. Apparently, the truck was nearly empty at the time, so that helped save his life. If the truck would’ve been full at the time, this most likely wouldn’t be a survival story.

The New York Daily News reported the driver of the truck stopped only after hearing screams coming from behind him.

Gilpatrick’s unforgettable ride lasted only about a quarter-of-a-mile. The driver helped the man out of the back of the truck and tended to him until medical personnel arrived on scene. He arrived at the hospital around 2:45 am. 

I guess the moral of the story (if there is one) is that commercial dumpsters are for trash, not for sobering up. At the very least, you have to applaud Gilpatrick for not driving home drunk. He could have easily injured someone else on the roadway.

If after hearing about a terrifying story like this one, you still find the need to stay in a “dumpster motel” after a night of drinking, at least take the time to memorize the trash collection schedule before you leave the house that night!

Surprisingly enough, this isn’t the first time someone has been picked up by the local garbage collector. 24-year-old Trinity Lunsford was digging through a dumpster in search of a missing necklace back in 2011 when a garbage truck scooped up the bin he was in.

Unlike Gilpatrick, the North Carolina man wasn’t discovered until the garbage collector actually completed the route and reached its destination at the landfill. Lunsford’s frightening ride included being crammed in with 4 tons of trash that were compacted several times with him in it. Unbelievable! People, stay out of trash cans!

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