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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 with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.