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Donation Bins - WTF is Wrong with People?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Paul455, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. Rob Boudrie

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    Charging for trash bags became popular after prop 2.5 as it is a way to effectively increase taxes without that pesky vote thing. Ditto for school bus fees, activity fees, and other items they want to move off the tax roles to make more room for public union pensions and raises.

    But, at least it is a one shot thing, and might be preferable to an increase every year backed by the threat of charging for trash disposal.
     
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    I usually have an issue with the virtue signalers who hold on to every scrap of crap for months and years and even decades on the off chance it might should be donated to one of those causes because it was still useful.

    Second to those who signal by holding onto every box everything came in down to the blister pack on a $7.99 hair brush. In case they may need to return it 15 years later.
     
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    More than once, we've had to chase people off the Club's property, using our dumpster.

    Last week, at the place I work, a guy with a U-Haul backed up to the Cardboard Only dumpster, and started to fill it. I thought about taking a picture, and forwarding it to the building's management company, but since it was cardboard cartons and the truck would be there, shortly, to empty it, I said, "meh."

    The Mgt. company has CCTV on the area, anyways.
     
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  6. JoseyWales

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    I've thrown away a refrigerator, dryer, and AC at different times at my town dump.

    I see these times as an opportunity to beat back my town's anti-civil (gun) rights agenda.

    I pay the $20 disposal fee using a personal check that has a picture an M14 on it.
     
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  7. thorin

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    Fair enough. If someone's willing to take stuff you don't want for free then go for it. My complaint is that most of these donation boxes mislead people into thinking their donations will help the community, low income etc when in fact most of them are either a for profit business turning donated clothes into rags, or some sort of shady pseudo non profit or religion. Some bins are legit but just like any charity its worth checking in to before donating.

    I guess I'm a little torqued off about the bins because for quite a while we had one of these scam groups located down the road from me and they talked lots of businesses into putting their green dumpsters up all over the place and they looked like sh!t and people dumped their crap all around the boxes, and they were part of a global scam: Institute for International Cooperation and Development - Wikipedia
     
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  8. zboys

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    Another Big scam is the bicycle drop off days at churches, it happens weekly around the state with the appearance the bikes are going to needy kids in poor countries.
    There were several articles last year of the scam being pulled with names and groups involved.
    I still see them continuing the dropoffs despite the info revealed
     
  9. GaryO

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    I was having our kitchen remodeled and had a 20yd dumpster in my driveway. We went away for a couple of days and there was an old washing machine buried under construction debris. The builder tried billing me for the extra charge but i swore it had to be one of his guys. needless to say he ended up eating the charge.
     
  10. headednorth

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    I was told by a Chelsea cop that the waste management companies that pick up the city trash are told to pick up everything no matter what because they know theres no way they could hold that population to any sort of rules for disposal of their trash. If it doesnt get picked up, they know it will pile up and/or end up in every parking lot/playground/empty lot/roadside in the city.
     
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  11. Dennis in MA

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    Ok. This thread can’t continue without. . . . .


    Wun eighthunnert carzferkids. Wun eighthunnert carzforkids.

    Now that you have that stuck in your head. Lol
     
  12. greencobra

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    i'm guessing the people who handle that check for the town think it's a revolutionary war musket. might as well have mickey mouse checks, they'll notice those. lol
     
  13. SpaceCritter

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    Well, I guess you now know where to dispose of your extraneous stuff without fee.
     
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    The "people who handle that check for the town" aren't people, they're machines. By definition they DGAF about anything other than the numbers.
     
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  15. headednorth

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    You sure showed them ;)
     
  16. greencobra

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    it's all good, they just gotta remember to take the doors off the refrigerators so the new illegal residents of the city don't think it's free public housing.
     
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  17. headednorth

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    Lol, they already complain that the actual public housing isnt good enough, you think theyre going to live in a fridge?

    As far as appliances go, back in the day when metal prices were higher you could leave them out on the curb and they would disappear sometimes within a few minutes. These days theyll sit there for a while, but someone will eventually take them.
     
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    I have a 2 yard dumpster that I rent for $75 a month. Yes that is disgustingly expensive. I do a lot of larger woodworking and mechanic jobs. If I throw one brake pad into my town trash collection they won’t touch it. Any type of wood, shock absorber, car part of any kind, if they see something they don’t like they’ll leave everything. So I ended up just getting the dumpster so I can get rid of stuff without going through a huge mess. So I understand why some people are frustrated that they can’t get rid of their junk.

    Several years ago my town started charging a $50 disposal fee for a mattress and box spring. Then mattress started showing up all over my small town as we have all kinds of lonely wooded back roads. The kids turned it into a thing where they would take a bottle of lighter fluid and light these mattresses on fire, big joke. Many times the FD had to respond to several mattresses stacked up in the middle of the road in a bonfire. Needless to say they reduce the price to 20 bucks and the problem went away.
     
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  19. headednorth

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    Thats outrageous. Its $25 in Chelsea iirc and theyre still all over the place.
     
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  20. JoseyWales

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    They watch you like a hawk throwing away this stuff. If they see you leaving a refrigerator, AC , etc, they will walk over or drive over, and ASK you to pay up. Oh and they have license plate cameras on entrance to the dump.
     
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  21. mac1911

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    Pretty much a standard for all charities.
    If 10% actually gets used on the needy thats huge!
     
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    Town dump jacked prices a few years ago, now we have 2 large bins curbside for private pick up all over town.
    I figured between the dump fee and the time to go to the dump the extra cost for pick up is a wash.
    Getting to the dump can be a pita. Hit the traffic cycle wrong and your 40min round trip for a 5 mile drive!
     
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  23. Dennis in MA

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    For $75/no, if I had the room, I’d consider it. I probably pay $24 to throw now.
     
  24. Mike Stanton

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    Fair Enough
     
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    Once again THE RULES only apply to us.
     
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    I doubt they're making much money. The cost of moving and sorting other people's junk will see to that. And no offense but there aren't too many kids waiting eagerly for a shot at grandpa's old suit. :)
     
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    What about bags of poop? Did we ever figure out if it’s ok to toss a bag of dog doodoo into a trash can or dumpstervthat was about to get picked up?
     
  30. Dennis in MA

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    That was my subtle sarcastic point. LOL. I thought everyone on this board knew that by now.


    FWIW, the dude never mislead anyone. Cars. For kids. That was all he said. If people are that dumb to just donate then. . . . . oh well.
     
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