In Dumpster Diver Arrested & Handcuffed for Taking Food From Trash, Sami writes:
Freegans Are Heroes, Not Criminals
...I for one am thankful for the hungry, the poor and the just-plain-frugal who go out there and take action. They are doing us all a favor. Someone should give them a medal, not a criminal record, and maybe cook them dinner...
Others make the point that they are, in fact, stealing. Perhaps they are neither heroes or criminals, but just people trying to get by.