Back to another tale from the crypt: I moved recently from a flat where I had all my own stuff to a furnished flat. I had three weeks to get rid of nearly everything, so I didn't have time to try and sell it. I Freecycled the lot. Among the gems:
- the woman who arranged to collect my sofa bed with a van and didn't turn up, despite me asking her to let me know if she changed her mind. Then she had the nerve to ask for a) my fridge freezer, tumble drier and washing machine and b) my other sofa when I put them up a few days later. I eventually reported her to the mods and they removed her from the list for her behaviour.
- the first couple who came for the sofa bed and ummed and aahed about it for a good twenty minutes, took the cushions out to put in the car in a pouring rainstorm before deciding they didn't want it after all and returning the cushions to me soaking wet.
- the third guy who came for the sofa bed, complained that it wouldn't dismantle (after I told him it wouldn't, specifically - he'd got a mate with a van especially because of this). Complained because he had to take it out of the door and it wouldn't go out of the window (and no, I wasn't going to try and 'take the window out', as he requested. Waited until he got it outside and then complained that there were three cat hairs on the top. There were literally three, that I missed with the hoover. I counted them. A heated discussion followed, during which I honestly thought he was going to dump the thing outside my flat on the street. So I got the hoover for him. He ran the hoover over it for all of two seconds then gave the hoover back to me minus the pole. When I finally got the rest of my hoover back, he picked up the sofa with his mate and walked off with it - without even saying thank you.
- the two men who came for my washing machine and decided they couldn't un-hook it from the plumbing (despite me asking them to bring tools to do so, as I didn't have any) and promised to come back the next evening with a pair of pliers to disconnect it, then decided the next day that they didn't want it after all. Not before, however, a) leaving the machine half-pulled out into the kitchen so I couldn't move it back and b) breaking the back of my under-sink cupboard by pulling so hard on it to try and get to the pipes it snapped clean in half. The next day when I turned my sink taps on, I discovered they'd left something disconnected to do with the plumbing under the sink and water was pouring out all over the floor.
I eventually got rid of the washing machine and my second sofa by advertising them as freebies on Gumtree.
It's funny - I've been a Freecycler for years and I've generally had nothing but great experiences with it - until I moved to BigCity. In SmallerTown, it was a pleasure to be a part of but here - almost all the people I've encountered have been rude, entitled, and dismissive of other peoples' time and property. It's a very strange phenomenon.