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"People who've hosted or been to parties that have gone horribly wrong, what happened and why?" –– This was today's burning question from Redditor alfie_ukcreeper, who reminded us how even the most innocent events can go from zero to 60 in a few seconds flat... and for all the wrong reasons.

Think of the last party you went to that went off the rails. You probably wouldn't want to repeat that, right? Now imagine something worse!


"In high school..."

In high school there was this house party where the house was completely empty. No furniture, nothing on the walls, and the fridge and cabinets were all chained shut.

Word spread that the house was vacant, and it didn't actually belong to anyone, so people started trashing the place.

People were putting out cigarettes on the carpet, writing on the walls, just complete disregard for who might be responsible for everything.

It turned out one of the kids actually lived there, and he had moved everything into the bedrooms as a precaution. His genius idea ended up working against him. I never knew who the kid was, or even met him for that matter. This was just the story I heard a few days later.

TheSkinnyVinny

"She invited..."

My sister's 11th birthday party.

She invited all the kids in her class for a typical house birthday party. My parents had their hands full with kids running all over the house. While they were inside trying to kick hide and seek kids out of their bedroom, One boy had confessed his love to one of the girls. She rejected him, so his reaction was to threaten to hang himself. Our swing set outside used to have a tire swing, but the tire was gone leaving only the rope.


My parents heard frantic screeching and girls sprinting through the house crying. They looked out in the back yard and this boy had the rope tied around his neck and he was standing on the swing set. They ran outside and took the rope off his neck and called his parents.

My Dad then had to drive down the road looking for all the freak out kids that just booked it straight outta the house. They called all the parents to come pick up their kids early.

DickyBurd

"Dad worked security..."

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Dad worked security for several college apartment complexes years ago. Apparently someone thought it would be a great idea to have a house party in one of these apartments. They ended up having so many people in the apartment that the floor collapsed. Few people were injured and several people were out of a home for quite some time. My dad got a call the next day from his company wanting him to work the building to keep people out of the area.

CylonsInAPoliceBox

"A couple of friends..."

A couple of friends in high school organized a party in a small house that one guy's parents had on their lot and rented out for events. We had had a lame meetup a few days before where almost nobody showed up so in order for this to not happen again everyone was told to just bring everyone along. So people brought friends who brought friends who brought friends and suddenly we were surrounded by a whole lot of people nobody knew and chaos broke out. Some of these seemed like rather unpleasant people so we locked the building and told people to get in in an organized manner or leave. So people started spraying the building, stealing stuff, breaking a window, breaking in through a kitchen window and stepping on the stove damaging it as well, clogging toilets, ...

We had to call the police to kick them out but everyone bailed before they came. So we filed reports for the happenings, smoked one, slept for a few hours and then spent the morning cleaning up the mess and trying to scrape the graffiti from the walls with little success... there was a kid's birthday party scheduled to take place in the house right that day....

happyprocrastination

"Luckily..."

Friend's house party where they accidentally served an underage neighbor, who got so wasted he fell backwards off a balcony onto the sidewalk and knocked himself out. Ambulance and police called. All the people at the party helped hide the booze, started eating to sober up, etc. We were laying out playing cards when the cops showed up to question everyone. (Holiday party, took a LONG time for the police to show up. The paramedics already had him backboarded and loaded onto the ambulance when they finally rolled up.)

Luckily, the injured neighbor's roommate showed up about that time and admitted his roommate had come home from work already drinking and they'd gotten in an argument over it, so he'd told him to GTFU for the night. The cops didn't fine my friend over it on the assumption neighbor was already drunk when he saw the party and walked in.

TBF, we'd all talked to the dude at some point and he was pretty out of it right from the jump, and none of us had any idea he was only 19. He looked a lot older. But still, I have never sobered up as fast as I did that night.

geminiloveca

"There were only 4 bottles..."

They were only 4 bottles of alcohol for 40 people, the mother of the house discovered that we were drinking and started yelling at her daughter in front of all of us, one girl puked the floor after drinking pure vodka, all the people went to their houses at three o'clock and my best friend got drunk and tried to kiss me. Pretty good birthday party for me.

Lowkiclasi_1423

"My couch..."

My couch was set on fire and thrown off the second floor deck.

TheTrueHapHazard

"Hosted a massive high school party..."

Hosted a massive high school party after a huge win for our school's football team just in the instance that it started to rain.

Needless to say, my house was loaded with people. Went downstairs to checkout the crowd down there...

Well, what do stupid high school students do when they can't find a beer opener?... Find something that will open it

That thing happened to be my family's kitchen Marble counter top. People were taking their bottles and prying off the lids on the edge of the counter.

CHIPPING OFF PIECES IN THE PROGRESS... needless to say, my dad was fucking angry when they came home the next day.

I was grounded for a long ass time and I had to pay for the replacement from my grocery-boy salary.

NextGenCanadian

"There was more..."

New years party at a friend's place that I was helping co-host. Here's some highlights.

  • Someone got stuck in the bathroom. Had to have an elaborate heist scene with funneling him tools to unscrew the burglar bars over the window to escape.
  • Someone took a crap in the bathroom. Sounds fine. They missed the toilet. Was in the middle of the room. Didn't have proper tools to clean it. Ended up scooping it up with a pad some girl has left on the window sill.
  • Had to break up a fight with people literally smashing furniture over each other.
  • Watched a beautiful scene where a guy tried to go down a spiral staircase with a stone balustrade, but was so wasted he fell into, and through it, taking down the (rather old) pillars and going into the bush next to them. Some girl saw it happen, leaned over to give him a hand out. He grabbed her hand, she saw who it was, said ew, and straight dropped his butt back in the bush and walked off.
  • Had my voice box broken/cracked in a freak trampoline accident.

There was more, but this was a while ago. Mostly a fun evening anyway.

M_SunChilde

"Bunch of drunk people..."

Bunch of drunk people trying to see who could pee the farthest of the balcony. Next door neighbor opened the window as they tried to figure out why it was raining and got hit.

someguy92614

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!