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Free Box Protocol [Sep. 5th, 2008|02:17 pm]
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A quick question before I actually do some work today (work that is not on the house, which is distracting and leading me away from the more important school work).

I put a few items outside a couple of hours ago in a free box on the grass beside the sidewalk that runs along the south side of the property on which my building stands. I marked it as free and organized it so as to be easily searchable but not taking up a lot of space. I just went out and it was all gone. At first, I was excited but I became suspicious and checked the building's dumpster. Lo and behold, there it was, all at the bottom of the thing because it had recently been emptied and thus unreachable. My question is, what the fuck?

Was it a neighbour who didn't want to attract unsavoury types to the area? Was it the building's owner who came by and had a similar aversion to the free-boxing? Was it a passerby who felt like cleaning up? Was it the garbage removal people who after unloading the dumpster decided to chuck my stuff? Did I do something wrong? I know there is at least one neighbourhood homeowner on my f-list and a lot of people who live in this area who read this, or live in similar areas in Victoria and elsewhere (though Vancouver is inherently different and I do live in an apartment that was formerly a grow op, only eight or so blocks from a recent drive-by shooting). Is it just a matter of picking a better location, or is there some sort of new resistance to this kind of activity?

I didn't want the stuff anymore but all of it was either a) totally useful to other people (shoes, for one) or b) fun and of reasonable value (eg: funky hair dye). If I could get it out of the dumpster without actually climbing in I would. So now it's going to the dump and instead of being helpful, I've just added to the problem I was initially trying to help out with.

What the fuck?
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[User Picture]From: absinthemyth
2008-09-05 10:37 pm (UTC)

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i'd climb into the dumpster, man. and then i'd either put it in a different spot (maybe in front of a house where you know someone?) or else donate it to svdp or somewhere like that.
[User Picture]From: absinthemyth
2008-09-05 10:46 pm (UTC)

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not that i'm saying you should climb into a dumpster if you don't want to. that's just what i would do. :)
[User Picture]From: seaopaque
2008-09-10 12:31 am (UTC)

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Yeah, you're more hardcore than me. I just couldn't do it!
From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-06 03:38 am (UTC)

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i think that people who don't live in victoria will never really understand free boxing like we do.
my mother, for instance.
chelsea: so i got this new pair of old lady loafers today.
susan: oh, where?
c: from a free box outside my house.
s: free box?
c: yeah. a free box.
s: free. box. free. box?
c: yeah. people here put all the stuff they don't want in boxes on the side of the road and other people pick through it and see if they want any.
s: ...

right.
perhaps noteworthy is that i've never, in my whole life, seen a free box in calgary.
have you?
[User Picture]From: absinthemyth
2008-09-06 06:57 am (UTC)

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i'm pretty sure i've seen them in east van, though. not that i remember seeing them in victoria up until a few years ago... might just have been the neighbourhood i grew up in.

free box success depends a lot on location... there's one out in front of my house (on a pretty quiet side street, just off a main road) that's been there for a few days and hardly anything's moved, but L and i used to put stuff out on quadra and it would almost all disappear within hours.
[User Picture]From: seaopaque
2008-09-10 12:32 am (UTC)

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In this case, it was definitely a location thing. Absolutely everything nearby got trashed. On another occasion, I put out bottles for someone to pick up and they ended up in the dumpster too. Not gonna make that mistake again. Yeeps.
[User Picture]From: pipipipipip
2008-09-09 03:49 am (UTC)

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I um.

I think that was my building.

I didn't throw anything out though! I did peek in.
[User Picture]From: pipipipipip
2008-09-09 03:51 am (UTC)

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sorry for the random comment. o.o'' after rereading the post (I hit random journal!) I guess you are not in Victoria, but Vancouver?

It just sounds like an exact circumstance within the same timeframe by my building. sorry for the bother!
[User Picture]From: seaopaque
2008-09-10 12:34 am (UTC)

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Hey no worries.
Yes I am in Vancouver now, though I used to live in Victoria. Thanks for your comment. I thought I'd met a neighbour, haha!