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.
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.'”