When you find something that becomes your special experience, you become attached to it in a way that it feels very personal to you. It feels like something you're not willing to share.

So when you do share it--and you know it doesn't belong to you--it starts to grate on you. And then as it gets more and more shared and used, it ceases to be your special thing anymore.

Oh well-onto the next thing.


u/TheMuffinMan836 asked:

What was ruined for you because so many people started doing it?

Here were some of those answers.


Willow Willow Willow

There was a weeping willow growing along a creek. Between the tree a low wall and several large rocks it created a tiny little grotto I would sit there and read or journal or whatever else introverted high school kids do while sitting under a tree. It was my secret special spot.

Then one day I saw some beer cans and cigarette butts behind my favorite rock. Then a few months later it was half a dozen empty cans of whipped cream and some graffiti on the rocks then a while after that needles and a giant turd. It kinda ruined the serenity of the spot.

TheBrontosaurus

Bloggers Ruin It For All Of Us

Used to be a swimming hole by where I grew up, Catskills in NY, pretty much only a local thing only during the summer time. Occasionally you'd get a downstater or someone form CT or NJ. It was rarely busy, and most folks just go there to cool down after work or something. Couple a jumps and then you leave type of thing.

Then it ended up on some blog site as one of the "Top 5 swimming holes in America".

You now need a permit (it's free) from the NYDEC to visit there anytime before 5:00pm. You can't park near by anymore cause it's so packed. Where there was once a pristine trails and nature is now full of trash (legit someone just left a full 30 gallon trashbag on the trail once I saw), there's now a dumpster, that no cares to use, portapotties, and loud music constantly even though you'll get a ticket for playing it.

F**k that blogsite for that, and f**k you if you are a litterer. I can deal with more people than I'd like, but the litter is what really crushed me about my childhood swim spot.

pragmaticlysarcastic

Way To Use Up Our Fun

There was a time where Toy Story characters at Walt Disney World would playfully go limp if you yelled "Andy's coming". However, I can't stress enough that they DO NOT do this anymore. Too many "funny guy" jacka**es demanding it constantly and it really wasn't safe for the character performers.

EggyNoggins

Humans

Our parents had a nice summer cabin on a peaceful mountain lake.

The water was pure and perfect for fishing or swimming. Neighbors were far apart - we rarely heard a sound.

Then, the lake "caught on" and people started buying up every square foot of available property. The pine trees were cut down and big houses with docks dominated the landscape.

Now, there's no quiet. Motorboats roar by at all hours and smell of gas and oil has replaced the fresh scent of pine trees. The fish have died off due to the polluted water.

Back2Bach

Leather And Gangs

In high school I wore a leather jacket - not for style or anything, it was just the jacket that I had, and it happened to be leather. After a few years, biker jackets became a trend, and the school decided to put a ban on them for some bs reason (I think "promoting gang culture" was the excuse they gave). So I had to go and buy another jacket for no real reason, when the one I had been wearing for several years previously was still perfectly fine.

Vio_Amethyst

Looking A Gift Horse In The Mouth

My area used to have probably my favorite Christmas charity of all time. Basically, there were a bunch of donations that would be wrapped up, contents labelled, and sorted by gender and age. We would go in with all the other volunteers, be handed a family with a list of members, each member's name, age, etc, and volunteers would pick out gifts for them, but them in a trash bag, staple the label to the bag, tie it up, etc. It was a beloved charity event, and growing up I had so much fun picking out items for these strangers.

It really brought the community together, made us genuinely feel like we were making a difference in a way throwing money at charities couldn't, and was genuinely fun to do.

Then people started faking being in need to get items, or putting more names on the lists than they actually had in their family. We started running out of donations, and would have to close up early. This also meant many families didn't get anything.

The charity itself eventually got shut down because of all of this.

TheRealPyroGothNerd

Yo That Final Season Tho

A Song of Ice and Fire, the books that became Game of Thrones. I feel like in the absence of that show and its massive fan base (before the end), Martin would have finished the books and I could have totally moved on. Instead the show took off, became the story, and then he let other guys finish it for him. Totally ruined it.

well_uh_yeah

Poor Nature

National Parks (in the US)

Worst thing for some parks was Covid (nothing else to do, everyone flocked to the parks)

Best thing for some parks was Covid (some parks restricted full access to thin out the crowds)

I can only imagine what a zoo Yosemite would be like without Covid restrictions!!

piccolomeat

The Old Air Show

There's an annual air show in the town where I live with all kinds of plane displays. I first started going to see it about 18 years ago. Then it was free to go onto the beach or the promenade and watch the planes. There was a small corporate arena but mostly just relaxed families.

Fast forward to recent years and the air show has a higher profile and bigger attendance. The whole beach and promenade area is fenced off for the air show weekend (which is a public space all of the rest of the year) and you have to pay around £10 per person to get in. You can see some planes even outside that but most of the main displays are hidden by the fence. There are loads of corporate activities as well. I miss the air show like it used to be.

snuffly22

Just Like Amazon...

eBay.

When I first started using it you could find stuff that were insanely good value. Stuff I could buy from eBay, pay post/package and still sell at a profit to the shop I worked in at the time.

Then it got popular because of that amazing value and suddenly it's just another store front and the only things that appear to be great value are those that are actually fraud or similar.

legendary_lost_ninja

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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!