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Unread postAuthor: sputnick » Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:50 pm

Hey everyone,

About 3 days ago I posted an add in craigslist for anyone who would be willing to let me collect the compressor from a fridge they were disposing of

Today I get an email from a guy claiming to have a fridge I can just come and collect the compressor from anytime

I call the number, I get the local police department, this guy is a cop.

Now I'm kind of scared as to whether this guy would know about the laws regarding freon and all that stuff to do with it...

What do you guys think? should I trust this guy and go ahead with it? or is this guy waiting to slap a 10000$ fine on me?
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Unread postAuthor: SEAKING9006 » Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:01 pm

No clue.

But I wouldn't use craigslist in a million years as it is.
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Unread postAuthor: tape fist » Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:08 pm

I doubt a cop would put a local police departments number on cragslist when trying to sell somthing,instead of his home phone.Besides that i would go there and tell him what i was doing and if he says okay then proceed.
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Unread postAuthor: TurboSuper » Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:09 pm

How will he know what you're going to do with it?
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Unread postAuthor: sputnick » Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:10 pm

To tape fist, He is definitely a cop... I called the number, with the extension, and all the names matched up, so I assume he meant for me to contact him at work...

And I like your idea about just asking

@ turbo-

He will know because I said I would just be removing the compressor, I'm not saying hes going to bust me for making guns, but because releasing freon into the atmosphere is a 10000$ no-no
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Unread postAuthor: jmeyer1022 » Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:46 pm

Ask him if you get get the whole unit cause your cautious about accidentally releasing the freon gas into the atmosphere so you'd like the whole unit so you can pay someone to safely remove it. Then actually pay someone or just do it yourself.
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Unread postAuthor: POLAND_SPUD » Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:24 pm

well people sometimes happend to be cops that's it... I know one who sells illegal software after work :D

if you are affraid just do what jmeyer says
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Unread postAuthor: Combustion Monkey » Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:54 pm

Its true cops are people too! He probably just wants to get rid of the fridge, and if its gutted so much easier for him.
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:16 pm

Combustion Monkey wrote:Its true cops are people too! He probably just wants to get rid of the fridge, and if its gutted so much easier for him.
I highly doubt that if they were trying to catch FREON RELEASERS you would be able to call the number and find out its the police.
I would just ask the guy if he is going to give you a hard time if you just remove the compressor and let the freon out.
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:55 pm

I concur with Frank. If it were an "under cover" sting thing, he wouldn't have had you call the police directly...he would make some attempt to look like a regular guy.

Maybe just offer to take the whole fridge off his hands so he doesn't have to witness " the crime"... :roll: You just need a truck ....most fridges aren't really that heavy...just big. Some hand trucks can get the majority of the work done for you.
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Unread postAuthor: trigun » Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:01 pm

Just call and ask if he is an envirmentalist !! :D
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Unread postAuthor: sputnick » Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:54 pm

starman wrote: so he doesn't have to witness " the crime"... :roll:


you mock, but if I get slapped with a 10 000$ fine, I will be buried in the storm of sh\t that will rain down on me from my parents...

I will probably just go ahead and do it then, you guys are right, and even if he was, maybe he would take some pity on an innocent 16 year old boy (insert halo here) :D
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:15 pm

And worse case scenario if he (which I highly, highly doubt) does try and get at you about it, tell him you needed the part for a project and you didn't know it was illegal to release the gas.
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Unread postAuthor: Davidvaini » Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:30 pm

Did you tell him you would be releasing the gas or just taking the compressor? If you told him you would be releasing the gas then by all means proceed with caution. But if you told him you just wanted the compressor then there is nothing wrong with that.
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Unread postAuthor: sputnick » Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:32 pm

Well in order to get the compressor, I kind of have to release the gas, unless I crimp around the cuts I am going to make, Maybe I will just do that, that way I will minimize the leakage and still get the compressor
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