Monday, July 6, 2009

Talkin' Trash




Today the adult son of my next door neighbor commented upon how rich I must be to use my preferred brand of laundry detergent. Now I know Tide with Downy isn't quite as cheap as Gator Suds but the real question is, how did he know what kind of laundry soap I use in the first place? Proudly he explained that he rummages through the neighborhood trash each Sunday night looking for things to sell on Ebay.

Well,what more can you expect from a man who's divorce settlement included a bar tab.


He went down his mental list of all the things he has scavenged the past few months including two computer monitors he was able to repair, some "vintage" board games and four or five bags of clothing. (Those I suspect were left out for last month's annual clothing drive for the poor but whatever).

The trick is, I was informed, to open the bags inside the trash cans because most pickers overlook that.

I find this behaviour a bit creepy. I never considered myself possessive regarding my trash but somehow someone going through my collection of egg shells and snot rags skeeves me out a tad. I don't mind if someone drives by and picks up stuff by the curb..as a matter of fact, I furnished my first college apartment by that very method... but I disapprove of the opening up of garbage pails and the bags within looking for treasures.

So I ask this, my friends...when do you consider your trash a free for all for people to do what they will and take what they want?

14 comments:

Nonya Bidness said...

Um, gross. I would never dig through other people's trash. I would like to think it wouldn't bother me if others dug through mine. But what if they are making a huge mess? Then I would be grossed out and pissed off!

Olly said...

Ewwwwwwwww! Some things are meant to be thrown away and NEVER seen again! Just...ewwwww.

bohica said...

Somehow, I think going through your trash is illegal. I know it is in my hometown in Canada. Maybe it's a regional thing? As for how I personally feel about it, I'm not crazy about it. I take medications by the pound, and I don't like the idea that he can potentially scam some drug out of a Tartar pharmacy.

GiGi said...

When what they want is in plain sight, and plain sight only!! Once we threw out a TV (the tube was busted, and it would not be worth it to repair), and the garbage men knocked on our door to ask what the problem was with it - when my husband told them, they took it, after asking. No problem....same with an old baby bouncy seat that we got rid of last week - it was kinda busted, but they took it anyway, after asking.

Golden To Silver Val said...

I would definitely feel violated if I knew someone was picking through my trash...looking at stuff that is very personal. I don't mind someone taking something thats out in plain sight, but digging through stuff is a no-no. I guess.... legally.... anything you put out for the trash is fair game but...socially and/or morally...its just plain gross to be looking through someone's garbage. Its like peeking in a bedroom window for god's sake. I would avoid this neighbor at all costs. He's just plain ewwwwwww.

Christine said...

No doubt he is "ewwww" Val. The guy lives with his mother who is raising his daughter. He has been in and out of jail three or four times since we have lived in the neighborhood. Once for beating the shit out of his mother and she let him back in!!! The mother of the little girl left her for grandma to raise and no one knows where she is. I suspect he sells people's trash to fund his drug habit.

vinomom said...

For whatever reason I find it more odd that he actually said you must be rich because you buy Tide.

I share everyone else's opinion - if it's in plain sight, then it's fair game. Opening up the trash bags is disgusting.

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Ummmm.... ewwwww.... Outside of can is fine, but inside is sort of creepy. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

The Girl You Don't Bring Home to Momma said...

Absolutely not, if I see someone ripping my trash bags open, you can bet your sweet ass I'm gonna say something.

Libby said...

---i agree with everyone else...ewwww! and you're rich if you use tide with downy?? holy crap...here i'm wealthy and didn't know it!
are he & scm good friends? just askin'...

Efen said...

Sheesh....that is creepy.

And..if the trash cans are on your property (not the street), then he's trespassing..geez...did I just fuckin type that???

Hmm...I'm gessin he has fucked up since of value?

Christine said...

Lib: Yup, you should be driving a new BMW instead of using that expensive Tide! That conversation was so odd. He apparently likes the smell but his mother refuses to buy it for him because it is too "pricey". I think I offered to give him any coupons I find or some such thing. I really just wanted him to go away after his confession about how he earns his living these days.

Libby said...

oh yeah, christine...please say you didn't shake his hand?? lol!

Frank said...

What you need to do is throw out some garbage that's so disgusting that he'll never want to look through your garbage cans again. I'm thinking a trash bag full of tampons COVERED with red paint, or something else that can mimic the appearance of blood. That should scar him for the rest of his life.