Philadelphians Warned to Stop Swimming in Garbage Containers

Philadelphians Warned to Stop Swimming in Garbage Containers
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Philadelphians should stop swimming in Dumpsters immediately. The city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections warned residents that, for several reasons, it is not safe to line a mobile garbage container with tarps, tap a fire hydrant, and commence to swimming.

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The department’s crackdown on Dumpster swimming captured the imagination of the region’s press corps: “while you would think this decision would not require an explanation, three days of press requests have proven otherwise,” its spokesperson Karen Guss told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Philadelphia, a large city located north of Washington, hosted a visit by the pope last year. In recent days it has seen a riot over cigars at a Wawa and a Phillies fan kicked out of a ballgame for “repeatedly yelling a sexual innuendo and telling the Giants players that they ‘suck.'”

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously the news editor and lead media reporter for the Poynter Institute, arts editor for the now completely vanished, and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.