Have you heard of urban foraging? According to this guy from the Pop Up Patch in Melbourne, it's completely legal to pick fruit off of your neighbours' trees, if it is hanging over the fence. Take a look. Laneway Foraging from The Little Veggie Patch Co on Vimeo.
I'm not sure if I could do this. I'll admit it's kind of cool in a nanna, Depression-era, creative thrift kind of way. But in my head, I'm not sure if I could shake off the 'scabby' taint of stealing other people's harvests.
In an effort to convince myself to be all sustainable and healthy, I took a wander through the back lanes of my neighbourhood to see what might be ripe for the picking. It's fairly late in the season but I still found some lemons, persimmons, olives, chokoes and cumquats that were mostly good to go, and some grapes that had only just finished. Oh and a lorikeet that was most put out by the intrusion. Not bad huh?