Someone stole it.

United States
September 23, 2011 9:06am CST
Hello fellow mylotters. I woke up this morning to find a pile of brush in my yard, where my metal garbage can used to be. I cannot believe after all these years someone has finally taken my metal garbage can. Then they dumped it and left the brush sitting there in my yard. Now I have to find another garbage can, probably will have to get a new one, just for brush and yard waste. I am not happy, and I feel violated. Strange, because it is after all only a garbage can that someone gave to me. I am not out any money. Today is garbage day, so I had to find something to put the weeds in. I have boxes from Avon so I set the brush in the box. Of course it is raining, and the garbage men will have some difficulty trying to remove the box and brush. I wonder if they will take the box as well. We have 2 separate garbage pickups, one for regular trash and one for brush. I hope the brush guy comes first, so if they do not take the box then at least the box will be left for the regular trash guys to pick up. Have you ever had the unfortunate circumstance of losing your garbage can to a thief? Did you or would you feel violated if someone took your trash can? This is not a nice feeling. The scrap guys certainly do get quite a bit around here; I feel it unnecessary to steal someone's garbage can!
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6 responses
• United States
23 Sep 11
Yes I have had so many things stolen from my hard. An aluminum ladder, several lawn mowers and even a gas can back when gas was almost $5.00 per gallon here. I only had a little bit of gas in the can. Someone must have been watching my house, because you couldn't really see the can from where I placed it. It's scary to think of really. I hate to say it, you might have to go with plastic next time. Sorry to hear about this.
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• United States
24 Sep 11
I would never buy a metal garbage can. My friend who passed away had given that to me last year. It is much more troublesome that it is a gift from a dear friend who is no longer here. That is kind of scary you had to deal with that in your house! Ladders, no matter what they are made from, are a hot commodity. They can be sold for cheap and people unfortunately will buy them because they are so expensive at the store.
• United States
25 Sep 11
Yeah I found that out. So not only did I stop trying to replace things stolen, I just didn't put anything in my yard at all after that. It's just too expensive to replace. If my gutters needed cleaning, I rented a ladder. But now since i've moved to an apartment, I don't have those issues anymore. It was annoying buying stuff for the house just to have them stolen.
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@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
23 Sep 11
Times must be worse than I thought, stealing a trash can for the scrape value. Next it may be our metal shepherds hook with the flower pots. I had rental mobile home and the scrape people broke in and stripped all the copper out of it one night. Yes it makes one feel bad and mad, if I catch them in the act I will find out if Missouri new Castle law is any good. I will leave at least one of them laying there for the police to pick up and bury.
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@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
24 Sep 11
It almost makes me want to move into a gated community, almost I said. Though theives move into them as well. I'm reminded of the story my late brother-in-law told me of the community they lived in, where the thieves posed as delivery people and cleaned out a home there. This was in Palm Springs CA, so no place is exempt from it.
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• United States
24 Sep 11
That is a shame, but I do remember seeing that on television many years ago, where a cat burglar was posing as a cleaners, and would go into the homes during the day and take the jewels and furs. Took awhile for him to get caught, and this would have happened around the 1960's/early 1970's. When crime, though it happens every day, did not happen near so often in the suburbs. People were more trusting and also had a higher moral standard for the most part.
@Judy890 (1633)
• United States
23 Sep 11
Yes when I lived in a house someone was always taken the things we put outside, Garbage cans, holiday decorations, bikes, toys. I believe if I let my underwear hell they would take it too. I live in an apartment now so I don't have to worry about those things.
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• United States
23 Sep 11
Wow. You moved into an apartment building to get away from the thieves? That is amazing! many apartments house people who do not have a homeowner mentality. I lived in a few buildings where people were just out of control. Lost windows, they ransacked our cars and threw trash all over the place.
• United States
23 Sep 11
I would feel this way if they took anything from me. If you bought it or not it was yours to keep. I feel for these kinds of people. they are lower than dirt.
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• United States
23 Sep 11
You got that right..
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• United States
23 Sep 11
I have been surprised it did not disappear sooner, so I am very shocked after all this time it finally has been stolen. Just when I was thinking it was safe, it disappears. I was happy when I found it was not taken from me on trash day. Now I am a bit boggled over this. I still can't believe someone has stolen it, even though I did rather expect it because it is a metal can.
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• United States
23 Sep 11
That is a shame that they took it either way. I know I would be calling everyone to find out if they saw someone take my can. I am glad we have plastic here.
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@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
25 Sep 11
I can't believe it, it's disgustin, why would someone do something like that? It even looks more like a prank than a real thing cause: who wouldn't have the money to buy a trash can! That's really irritating.
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• United States
27 Sep 11
They did not take it because they wanted a trash can. They took it for the value of the metal it was made out of. They took it to a scrap yard along with a truckload of metal items they found or stole from someone and in exchange for the metal, they get money. The garbage can can't weigh more than a couple pounds, so it is not worth much on its own. Combined with other products of metal it will add to the weight to make a difference. I hate thieves. That is a nasty thing to do.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
23 Sep 11
That's a sign of hard times! How much could it be worth as scrap? It's amazing what some people will steal. I remember working in one factory where the cleaner was complaining that his toilet cleaning brush had been stolen. He was laughing because he said it only had about six hairs left on it!
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• United States
23 Sep 11
I'm thinking the toilet brush being stolen was some type of joke. I do not believe someone could possibly use something that is in such bad shape. Maybe someone took it just so he would have to get a new one! The old one doesn't sound like it would have been doing much good.