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Every now and then you meet someone who seems normal––or normal enough––only to have them say something that weirds you out immensely. Creepy people don't care for boundaries (whether they understand them or not) and those of us who wouldn't dream of saying something so unsettling are left to figure out how to get the hell away!

Rule of Thumb: Respect people's personal space!

After Redditor hotdankybaby asked the online community, "What is the creepiest thing someone has said to you?" people shared their stories.


"A girl off Tinder..."

A girl off Tinder once opened a conversation with me by telling me she knew where I lived, what my kitchen cupboards looked like, what colour my sink was, and that there was a camping bed in my attic.

"If you know the show..."

I have Freaky Fred, from Courage the Cowardly Dog tattooed on the back of my arm, above my elbow. One day in line at the gas station someone walked up behind me, leaned in and said "Naaauughty" If you know the show, you understand. I, however, didn't know that's what he was trying to do. I thought he was just some creepy guy coming unto me. It was until about the 3rd time of him doing it that I finally clicked on what he was doing.

Gave me chills.

Jobbies92

"I was standing at a bus stop..."

I was standing at a bus stop with headphones on when I felt someone tapping on my shoulder. I took mt headphones off and standing next to me was a tall middle-aged man in fatigues. He muttered something I couldn't understand, so I asked him to repeat it.

"I ain't here to hurt you," he said.

And he said it again.

And again.

My bus arrived after the third time. As I got on the bus, I could see him through window, standing in the same spot. He was still repeating himself and looking at me.

doctorwhomstve

"I am a blind woman..."

This happened before cellphones were common. I am a blind woman, and on that particular day, I was walking into a grocery store. A random stranger started asking me about my dog. It was all pretty normal until...

Him- "how blind are you?" Me- "enough to need the dog, why?" Him- "well I just wanted to know if you could identify me in a police lineup."

I don't think my dog and I could have run any faster.

Dragonsfire1480

"I had been caring for her all day..."

I'm a nurse. I had a palliative lady in her 90s. She didn't say much anymore but could talk to you if you asked her anything. She was just very.. stoic.

I had been caring for her all day and washed her up. I chatted and made jokes even though she didn't seem interested. I got a few smirks out of her when I made remarks about all my bad jokes. She had made a few comments about death and wanting to go, etc.

I had just finished turning her and was getting ready to leave. She looked straight at me and held eye contact for longer than she had all day and grabbed my arm with surprising strength and said "Come with me." Chills immediately went down my spine and tried to play it off so I could leave. I asked her to let go but she wouldn't. I had to peel her hand off my arm and set it on the bed (was not very easy). And once she was let go she smiled and stopped staring at me.

Got the f*ck out of there as fast as I could and had a bad feeling that I was gonna die for a week to be the personal caretaker of this lady in the afterlife.

Boobcobbler

"A stranger..."

A stranger I've never seen before reciting my plate number that I wasn't even driving that day.

redlotus13

"A total stranger in a math class..."

A total stranger in a math class in college once passed by my desk before a lecture and said, "Hey, I just wanted you to know that you're really easy to make in The Sims."

Scratchums

"I was at a drag club..."

I was at a drag club with my buddies and a man walked up to me, rubbed my face all over with his hand and said "You have a beautiful face." As a straight man, this gave me a good perspective on how women feel being hit on by creepos.

hawk_taco

"A daycare worker..."

A daycare worker told me my kid had been bit, again. She says, "The whole room is in that bitey stage! Doesn't it make you just want to pull all their little teeth out?" Uh, no. No, it does not.

coyotewaits

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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.

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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."

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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!