Dumpster diving! You have got to be kidding! Your reputation and all the hard work on that article [“Free Asheville,” June 6] was quickly washed away with that wonderful choice of things to do in this beautiful area.
Dumpster diving is not a trendy thing to do; as a matter of fact, it is absolutely disgusting! In my book, food waste combined with cleaning materials, bugs, flies, rat poop etc. doesn’t make for a real good time.
As a downtown-business owner, I already deal with the vagrant (aggressive) panhandlers that run rampant in this town (partly in thanks to the inability of this city to effectively deal with them—and yes, I do read all the riveting articles about the wasteful discussions on what to do about Prichard Park). And now, because of your ridiculous suggestions, I can expect to deal with more of those Abercrombie-and-Fitch-wearing, Suburu-driving kids who already think this is a trendy thing to do. If you need food, go to one of the several downtown shelters, as we already donate food to some of them!
— Brendan Dennehy