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Portland Drinker Almost Gets Recycled

A drunk Oregon man hits bottom—of a garbage truck—and survives being compacted (twice). 

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By May Wilkerson

08/13/12

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If you stick around the barbershop long enough you're bound to get a haircut, they say—and apparently if you sleep in a recycling bin, you may just get recycled. This was (almost) the case for Justin Gilpatrick, an Oregon resident who opted to take a nap in a recycling dumpster after a night of hard drinking at a Portland bar on Friday. Later that night, the contents of the dumpster—including the sleeping 27-year-old—were deposited into the recycling compactor of a garbage truck that was making its nightly round. Cops say Gilpatrick was compacted—twice—before the driver realized there was a human being inside. He was taken to the hospital after suffering minor injuries, and will not face charges—although he may have a few other issues to face. "I have not had a drink in years and the one time I do this I what happens," Gilpatrick posted on his Facebook page. "I will never drink again." 

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