Throughout this summer, and the summers of the past I’ve seen a growing trend around my city as I drive through the neighborhood streets.
It’s not the increase in lemonade stands hosted by adorable children. Or the rise in car wash fundraisers for a local school or kids organization.
It’s not even the increase in garage sales which seem to peak in the month of August.
No, it’s not any of those. What it is though is the increase of random crap put on the very edge of people’s property with a sign taped to it that says “free” for everyone to see.
Now, I totally get the purpose behind a Garage Sale. I do! People have items in there home that are of gently used, if not brand new quality and feel they can sell it. I say have at it! Go ahead. If you can sell something that somebody else can use for a profit, good for you!
But I’m not talking about Garage Sales.
I’m talking about those people who put out their broken sinks, moldy bookcases, broken bikes, chairs that only have two legs (IF it’s your lucky day), pissed-on couches that cats have also used as a scratching post, and the white leather chair that has now taken on a yellowish green tint to it. They haul it out of their homes, garages, out from the depths of their backyards and they put it out for the entire world to see with a big sign that says “FREE!” Ummm…yeah, I’m going to load that kind of stuff right into my car and bring it into my home!
What in the world are these people thinking?
It’s got to be something like this.
“This is a piece of crap, I don’t want it in my home, and I’ve got to get rid of it.”
“It is so hideous, it smells, and it doesn’t even function properly, nobody in their right mind will buy this if I have a garage sale”
“I’m too damn lazy to load it into the truck and take it to the dump so I’m going to put it out on the edge of my property with a FREE sign to see if somebody who obviously has no taste at all, or sense of smell for that matter will take it.”
So my very first Throat Punch Thursday goes to these lazy people. Take your useless, smelly, nonfunctioning crap to the dump like the rest of us in the city do because quite frankly I’m tired of looking at it all when I’m driving around my town!
Do you have these FREE stuff contributors in your neighborhood?