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Join Date: Aug 2004
As an ex-scrapyard owner, I know that the ability to just mooch around a yard has become much more restricted. I closed my general yard about 9 years ago now, and even then it was impossible to get sensibly priced public liability insurance to allow unaccompanied public wandering. So you always lived in fear of someone "falling over" and suing the a**e off you. Couple that with the prevailing view that all scrapyard owners were ripping you off so you got your retaliation in first by nicking everything you could lay your hands on, and the attraction of letting someone in who was "just looking" waned markedly.
If someone (certain regulars excepted) couldn't tell me what they wanted, they either waited until a staff member could accompany them, or went away......
Always tell the owners what you've taken - generally if you are fair with them , the reverse will apply and whilst you will be charged for the larger bits, usually a few "extras" will be nodded through. If you are found to have nicked stuff, however, the "nod" might not be so friendly. Summary justice is much more appropriate than costing the taxpayer money to drag such things through the courts, I think you will find. Oh - breaking things to get at what you want - eg smashing a rear light lens to nick a bulb - is generally frowned upon, too.......
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