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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1005 on: June 20, 2012, 06:48:39 AM »
Chest of drawers is the UK term for it.    Over here, you'll find a dresser in the kitchen - a free standing (usually) piece of furniture made of cupboards with shelves above it - something you might possibly call a hutch?  Over here, a hutch is an outdoor 'crate' type home for a pet rabbit...

Divided by a common language, indeed.

I was raised with the distinction that a 'chest of drawers' was taller than it was wide, and had a flat top with no mirror, as the mirror would be too high for most humans. A 'dresser' was low enough that a mirror could go on top, and it was usually wider than it was tall. A 'hutch' or 'china cabinet' was like a dresser, but instead of a mirror, it had shelves with glass doors, so that you could display your dishes in your dining room. It could also be the shelves that go over a computer desk. And yes, you keep rabbits in a hutch, which stands up on legs like the cabinets, and is open so it displays the rabbits. ;)

That's a dressing table, over here.  We'd better stop there, as the thread is getting derailed a bit, but I do find the differences amusing.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1006 on: June 20, 2012, 09:06:32 AM »
Reading this post makes me want to join Freecycle...I just went to my local site and I remembered why I haven't - the membership questionaire.

Since membership is moderated I assume I have to come up with the "correct" answers.  The main question tripping me up is:

Please tell the group owner about yourself and why you would like to join the group (200 characters maximum).

I don't think "because it looks interesting" will be accepted (any suggestions as to how to answer this questions "correctly")

I moderated our local FreeCycle for a while (before being kicked off for being "not Christian enough," but that's another story).  Don't sweat the essay question - it's mostly to ensure you're a human being and not a computer filling out the survey.  A fairly significant percentage of "applicants" on our local board were computer-generated - or so we think - and didn't have any typed answers at all.  I suspect answering "Because I deserve free stuff and I'm going to post a sob story every day until I get it" probably won't help you either, but we approved anything from "I heard about it from a friend" to "I like recycling."

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1007 on: June 20, 2012, 04:51:22 PM »
I have a playing fiend who has sprained an ankle before, and as they get older I am worried about arthritis and just normal aging making it harder to jump.
I'm sure I'll make changes as they age, too. But when Mr. Benedict can refrain from racing down the hall and making a flying leap either onto my craft worktable or my feet while I'm asleep, I'll start worrying about his elderly joints being too tender to jump in and out of the cat box.  >:D

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1008 on: June 21, 2012, 07:46:30 AM »
I have a playing fiend who has sprained an ankle before, and as they get older I am worried about arthritis and just normal aging making it harder to jump.
I'm sure I'll make changes as they age, too. But when Mr. Benedict can refrain from racing down the hall and making a flying leap either onto my craft worktable or my feet while I'm asleep, I'll start worrying about his elderly joints being too tender to jump in and out of the cat box.  >:D

Same here. When 14-year old Harley stops jumping on top of DH's five foot tall dresser in one bound and then leaps at invisible prey, then I will worry. We have one litter box on the second floor (main living area) and one on the third (bedrooms, bathrooms, utility room). Since the one on the third arrived, neither cat will use the second floor box. Harley doesn't like the door on it and Mischief (aka Biscuit) likes to howl while inside, so there is too much reverb for him.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1009 on: June 24, 2012, 02:14:24 PM »
I moderated our local FreeCycle for a while (before being kicked off for being "not Christian enough," but that's another story).
And what does one's religious beliefs (or lack thereof) have to do with giving away things one no longer wants?
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1010 on: June 29, 2012, 11:49:27 PM »
Yeah... I have one for the dirty minded.  If anyone is interested, PM me. ::)

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1011 on: June 30, 2012, 11:54:18 AM »
I moderated our local FreeCycle for a while (before being kicked off for being "not Christian enough," but that's another story).
And what does one's religious beliefs (or lack thereof) have to do with giving away things one no longer wants?

Long story short, someone on the list was spamming everyone she ever corresponded with (including everyone who posted on FreeCycle) asking for donations for her church.  Other members complained.  Other moderator didn't see any problem with it because it was for church; I privately told the other moderator that it didn't matter because FreeCycle is a non-religious organization.  She then sent me a ranty email accusing me of being "not Christian enough" and that she was praying for my soul, then banned me from FreeCycle.  I got no response from the regional FreeCycle liason and gave up until an atheist friend of mine got offended at something the other moderator said a year or so later and finally got a response.  I got allowed to re-sign up (not as a moderator, just a normal member) and the regional lady became our co-moderator.  Still didn't "fire" the crazy moderator, though.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1012 on: July 03, 2012, 12:10:14 PM »
Mr. Sirius showed me another one:

"TABLE AND CHAIR" $40

The text read "Set the table and chair."  However, there were no contact instructions, and from what Mr. Sirius described the "set" consisted of a battered outdoor table and two equally battered chairs.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1013 on: August 03, 2012, 11:08:44 AM »
Obviously the entitlement and insanity levels has got to one of the moderators of our local freecycle!

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Dear Freecycle members,



It is with glee that I am informing you all that I will be hanging up my lead moderator boots as quite honestly the amount of morons I have had to deal with is beyond stupid. Between the lady that emailed me saying that freecycle was crap because she never got anything she wanted, the bloke who thinks google are 'after' him, the lady that wanted to report a member to the police for not responding and the total pillock who reports that he makes between £1100 to £1300 pounds a month from selling other peoples stuff, quite honetly I cannot be bothered anymore. Most of you are decent, kind people but the rest are obviously missing more then grey cells. So good luck in your future freecycling and do be more careful who you give your old things to!



Laters Baby ;-)

I have to say this did make me laugh.  Especially the idiot who admitted to selling stuff from freecycle.  I'm sure people do that sort of thing but who would admit to it so openly.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1014 on: August 03, 2012, 11:21:34 AM »
I love the "It is with glee..."
"From a procrastination standpoint, today has been wildly successful."

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1015 on: August 03, 2012, 01:19:55 PM »
Poor guy. Freecycle is a really fabulous idea but the freeloaders/resellers/entitlers/etc. who populate it can devastate the quality. And that is truly sad for all the good people who belong.

That message is not all that dissimilar from one the moderator of my Freecycle group wrote a few months ago, except he warned us that he would remove moderation and let the spamming scammers have at it. Fortunately, members responded in droves and he realized how appreciated he really was.

I have mentioned before that I have given many brand new books away on Freecycle. For a long time I would invariably receive at least one and often several emails from people who said, "I will take them all!" Yea, right. All those different genres are of interest to you. When I finally starting including a note about wanting to spread them out and not giving anyone who wanted all of them any of them it stopped. But it was so obvious that eBay, CL and Amazon sellers were trying to grab free inventory. And that just wasn't going to happen on my watch--or with my donations.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1016 on: August 03, 2012, 01:24:30 PM »
I would have probably genuinely wanted them all. 
A few times I have played a "game" at the library.  I walk down a row at the library and try to make it to the end without finding a book I absolutely positively must read.  I don't even really look at the books.  I have yet to make to the end.  I've found some cool books though.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1017 on: August 03, 2012, 01:30:02 PM »
And, Sophia, that would be fine. But what would (invariably) happen was that I would offer them one or maybe two. Which ones would they like, and when could they pick them up? Their response: dead silence. If they couldn't have them all they wouldn't take any.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1018 on: August 03, 2012, 03:32:41 PM »
And, Sophia, that would be fine. But what would (invariably) happen was that I would offer them one or maybe two. Which ones would they like, and when could they pick them up? Their response: dead silence. If they couldn't have them all they wouldn't take any.

But for me, one or two books isn't worth the gas to go and get them. I would have emailed back and politely declined your offer. But all the books, I would pass them out to all my bookworm friends and they would probably all have new homes. I do that when people offer up clothes also. Last offer got clothes for my MIL, BIL and niece.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1019 on: August 03, 2012, 04:40:18 PM »
Believe me, I understand the gas situation. And I'd be fine with that if they didn't use them as "inventory." I have in fact given a bagful or two (or three) to a Freecycler I know, a teacher, who would share the ones she didn't want with her fellow teachers. At least I knew they weren't getting sold. The thing for me is that I get them for running a book review website. My managing editor and I both have very strong feelings about selling copies sent to us, and I cannot condone it by someone else if their books come through my hands. *shrug*. A bit righteous maybe, but I honor the trust of the publishers who send them to us. That's important to me.
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