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tim-e
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Icon 1 posted October 12, 2008 03:52      Profile for tim-e     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
We have biannual kerbside rubbish collection in Sydney. This is for the kind of taking-up-space-in-your-garage type rubbish that one couldn't dump with the weekly collection. So I had two old rusty bikes I wanted to remove, and put them out on the verge. I went to my letterbox, and by the time I walked past the spot again a truck was driving off down the street with the bikes!

Every time there is a pickup, we see teams of three working together ~ one drives the truck, and the other two run up each side of the street and just harvest stuff, flinging it onto the truck.

A few years ago I ditched a dead G4 mac, and 10 seconds later a car slowed down and the passenger had reached out the window and picked up the box!

Does this happen anywhere else or are Sydney people just weird?

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Icon 1 posted October 12, 2008 09:59      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It happens here, too, and everywhere that I've been.

I've done it as well, but mostly I grabbed furniture that I could refinish and then sell. There's a good chance that the guy who grabbed your discarded bikes was going fix them up and sell them.

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Actually, this is not an uncommon practice, though some communities embrace it more than others. In Boulder you see people leaving all sort of stuff out on the curbs in residential areas, including sofas. The understanding is it's for free; if you really want to make things crystal clear though, you stick a "Free" tag on it. At my apartment complex we dump stuff we don't want either up by the mail boxes if its small or down by the dumpster if it's big. I've seen this done in Rochester, NY as well.

Boulder being Boulder, among the things you seen given away are skis and climbing gear. Used skis are one thing, but a used rope? Well, I'm sure a rope would come in handy for a lot of things, but you never, ever climb on a rope with an unknown history and sometimes it's a really bad idea to climb on a rope with a known history.

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GrumpySteen

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The rope comes in handy a little further down the street when you need to tie the discarded sofa to the roof of your car so you can get it home. [Big Grin]

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Yes, and I'm sure it comes in handy for a million other things (including making a rug), but you can't use it for climbing. Which is really what rope is for. Right?

Or am I just biased...

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Xanthine wrote:
...but you can't use it for climbing. Which is really what rope is for. Right?

It depends on how perverted you are, really...

*tries really hard to look innocent*

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You're doing it wrong. [Razz]

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