October 18, 2007
I have a love/hate affair with Freecycle. I have been complaining and moaning and bitching about Freecycle in real life (as opposed to my pretend life) for a few weeks now.
People ask for ridiculous stuff… a car( must be late model and working!), a computer (with windows vista installed), a Razr cellphone (working, ofcourse). Stuff that makes me laugh, because hello? Why would I be giving that away? But then I read Kristen and she summed it up better than I would have so I never wrote about it.
So then a couple of weeks pass and people they are now offering things that are, GARBAGE. Examples include: half a bag of napkins, 12 Tetley teabags, a hose that only leaks a little.
Then I offered up a refrigerator. I wrote in the description what town I live on and all the specifics I know about the fridge. White, side-by-side, probably 20 years old. Excellent working condition for something 20 years old. No visible dents or damage on the front.
Immediately I got emails asking dimensions, um okay I can do that. That is reasonable. But then people wanted things like photos (eh, too much effort), description of the features (it cools stuff?) and two people who said thay wanted it never showed up. It’s free, why are you making it so hard? If you care that much go buy yourself a new one at the store.
Then SJ wrote about the same thing and so I continued to only complain in real life.
Except that I got an email two days ago that took the proverbial cake.
I went last night to the super 8 motel on xxxxxx st in seedy town
and behind the biulding there are tons upon tons of mattresses. there
is full box spings and mattresses and there are queen ones and king if
any one wants any the are totally free.
There are no words. Except to say that after I read that I felt like I needed a good long hot shower.
I was tempted to ask someone to go down and take photos or measure the mattresses for me. But that would just be mean.
So instead I wrote back:
Hey Thursday is the day that the truck comes to xxxxxx st and picks up all the garbage. You might want to go and root through the big cans out on the end of the driveways. I bet someone is throwing away something that they mistakenly believe is garbage.I just know someone can do something with all those empty toilet paper rolls. Freecycling RULZ.
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