Tales of the Village - the self-filling skip/dumpster

@boiboing (12882)
Northampton, England
April 8, 2016 3:19pm CST
This week our village Facebook page has been a-buzz with tales of skip-subterfuge. (For those who aren't familiar with the term, a skip is a large open-topped metal container that gets parked outside your house whilst you're doing building work and is used to collect all the rubbish before it's taken away to landfill or recycling). On Tuesday a man discovered that somebody had dumped their waste in his skip and posted the following: "Found - whoever has lost an old computer desk and really tasteful lime green computer chair, don't panic, I've found them in our skip! How lucky is that!? You could have lost this aesthetically pleasing item of furniture forever! Feel free to come and pick them up whenever you like" This caused great hilarity and comments that when you live a poor area people take stuff OUT of your skip and when you're in a 'good' area, they put stuff IN your skip. After lots of debate about where it might have come from, somebody asked if they could have the computer desk and the chair, went round to pick it up and then posted a photo of it all assembled in their spare room. Creative recycling for sure!
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• Japan
8 Apr 16
Boy, we get in trouble for putting the wrong kind of trash out on the wrong day. Occasionally we get a fly-by-night trashster that leaves a bag of non-burnable stuff on someone else's burnable pile and the whole "han" (group of houses) gets in trouble from the city.
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• United States
8 Apr 16
Wow a whole city or neighborhood gets punished for one irresponsible neighbor regarding trash, that is bad news
• Eugene, Oregon
8 Apr 16
What a great story that is! It really ended well after the illegal dumping of the stuff in the skip.
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@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
8 Apr 16
It gets even more outrageous - but that's for the next post.
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• United States
8 Apr 16
Now that was a good post that turned out well for everyone and how clever the guy who found the stuff in his skip, not to have a tizzy fit ! thanks
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@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
8 Apr 16
I think he was having a tizzy fit but fortunately he managed to get his point across in a funny way rather than just blowing a gasket over the abuse of his dumpster.
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• United States
8 Apr 16
@boiboing ah a great example of rationality winning over highly sensitized emotional outbursting !
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@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
9 Apr 16
@enlightenedpsych2 classic example of typical British passive aggressive use of humour.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
8 Apr 16
Skips do have a major attraction for other people's trash, especially at night time.
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@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
8 Apr 16
It's absolutely hilarious what's been happening in this guy's skip. I think his friends have started sneaking stuff in just to get a reaction.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
8 Apr 16
@boiboing That sounds like the type of stunt that my friends would do.
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• United States
8 Apr 16
We have those containers here in the US and call them dumpsters and the people who pick through them dumpster-divers. Never know what you're going to find...trash to treasure
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@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
9 Apr 16
I think dumpsters are usually covered. I will try to find a photo for the next post.
@JudyEv (130589)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Apr 16
My friend put out a cupboard on the road verge thinking someone would grab it. When it was still there next day, she put a $5 sign on it whereupon it promptly got stolen.
@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
9 Apr 16
Very funny.
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@JudyEv (130589)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Apr 16
@boiboing There's more than one way to get rid of something.
@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
9 Apr 16
@JudyEv That's VERY true.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Apr 16
I'm not going to lie. I've used these for trash disposal, but not furniture. And I've still only used construction sights. I was wrong, but I still did it a couple times.
@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
9 Apr 16
In these days of widespread CCTV it's risky to do stuff like that. I feel guilty enough taking stuff out of skips let alone putting stuff in.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Apr 16
@boiboing - Oh, this was several years ago. But you do have a good point.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
9 Apr 16
that was a really funny way to deal with someone getting rid of their trash in a less than kosher manner, hehehe. and yay, I LOVE these tales, and still think you have a book there
@boiboing (12882)
• Northampton, England
9 Apr 16
I lost my mojo the last couple of weeks.
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• Centralia, Missouri
9 Apr 16
@boiboing I had noticed there hadn't been tales of hilarity.
@Traceyjayne (1113)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 16
The scrap metal people always look in skips but the usually knock the door to ask if they can take anything out. O have never put anything in anyone elses skip ( not yet anyway !)
@paigea (22453)
• Canada
9 Apr 16
Well it was a great ending to the tale.
@Corbin5 (113322)
• United States
8 Apr 16
Glad someone will be able to use the computer desk and chair that was "lost" in the skip!