The act of taking any item not nailed down, preferably items that can be sold at the scrap yard i.e. steel, aluminum, copper to make a living.
A good day of scrapping can get you a twenty dollar rock and a pack of cigarettes.
Deadbeat: Ma I'm locked up. Cops got me scrapping aluminum siding off a house.
Ma: Damn you! I told you not to call collect anymore from the jail! What jail you in?
Deadbeat: Ashtabula City. I was fixing to make $23.00 off that aluminum. I had $6.00 on me bastards took it for pay to stay.
Deadbeat: Gotta go they putting me in a cell. Love ya.
Ma: Love you too.