ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) – Ardmore police got a call Monday night about two people in the dumpster behind Ulta Beauty in Ardmore, refusing to leave.
The officer eventually got them out for safety reasons, with no arrests or citations issued.
Police said they didn’t know what the two were looking for, but there are hours of videos online showing people digging through Ulta Beauty’s trash and supposedly finding hundreds of dollars’ worth of makeup and other beauty products.
Ardmore resident Tyler Hampton said his wife visits Ulta at least once a week.
“We just walked out of there and spent about 200 bucks, Hampton said. “So, I’m sure some gals aren’t above digging through some trash or whatever for conditioner or lipstick or whatnot if it costs that much.”
No matter what the two people were trying to find, Ardmore city ordinances say it’s illegal for people to remove trash from residential or commercial property.
Jessica Scott is the Community Development Director for the city of Ardmore and oversees the code enforcement department.
“(The ordinance) basically says if the trash is on private property, which the commercial dumpsters are stored on private property, that the only people that can go in there is the sanitation department for the city of Ardmore, within the city limits,” Scott said.
“Just like when your trash can is stored up by your house, there’s an expectation that no one’s going to be in it,” Scott said. “That’s the expectation. Your trash is on private property. Their dumpster is stored (on private property). Their expectation is that they’re not going to have random people digging in it.”
The Ardmore Ulta Beauty location could not comment on Monday nights’ dumpster divers.
An Ulta Beauty spokesperson with the corporate office in Illinois said in a statement to News 12:
“Health and safety is a top priority for Ulta Beauty and we strongly discourage the unsafe, and sometimes illegal practice of ‘dumpster diving.’
We are aware that individuals sometimes assume the risks associated with this practice and retrieve discarded products.
Ulta Beauty, like other retailers, disposes of products for a reason and does so in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. These products should never be retrieved or used.”
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