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Outdoor festivals feel like something from an alternate reality at this point, don't they?

While gathering for an outdoor festival is at the forefront of many people's minds, there's a specific subset of people who are probably happy no one is running any concerts or art gatherings right now:

The custodial staff. Cleaning up after a long alcohol and hormonal-infused romp can't be any fun... right?

Reddit user, u/Damo-reece666, wanted to hear what got left behind when they asked:

People who clean up after festivals and similar events, what's the best and worst things you have found left behind?

The Weirdest Items

Sometimes you'll stumble across the weirdest items at a post-festival cleanup. Without any inhibitions, people won't think twice about leaving something behind, even if that something is maybe worth something or important to their survival.​

What Even Is Money?

I helped out some hippie friends of mine running this little hippie festival called Chronophonium, about 500 people camping for 3 days. Lots of themes around sustainability, recycling and what not.

Almost everyone left brand new tents in disheveled states all over the place.

You can buy a cheap tent for next to nothing at The Warehouse (New Zealand's Walmart). I reckon people are packing up to go on the last day hungover as f-ck and they just wanna mentally write-off everything and get home asap. These same people would have launched into monologues about wastefulness from big box stores and sustainable re-use at any other time.

When you're hungover and coming-down from a 3 day bender, principles go out the window.


At Least They Weren't Frogs?

I'm an usher at my neighbourhood movie theatre so idk if this counts but I found a plastic bag under a seat with 6 guppies swimming around inside so I kept the guppies for myself lol. I had to Google how to take care of fish but it was fun and I still have them today


Chicken Tendies Are The Best

me and my buddy Keith were working for this security group in Chicago that was notorious for paying people on the cheap, which is why they always recruited dumb high schoolers like us. However, one night we were working a concert downtown by the lakefront, and after the concert we got to take home an entire tray of chicken tendies! Our cars were parked all the way at Soldier Fields garage so we paid a bicycle carriage guy in the chicken tendies to bring us back there. A terrific ending to the night.


Why Cover It Up? Out Of Shame?

My dad used to be the guy in charge of renting out the Knights of Columbus hall. Per policy, he had to be on-site during the event, but would clean up after. The cleanup would usually be the next day, and I'd come along to help.

The best thing we found was a $500 tip left behind by the father of the bride after a wedding reception with a little thank-you note.

The worst was finding the punch bowl the next day after someone had puked in it and put a lid over it. I'm pretty sure it had been spiked with something pretty strong before that, too.


Anyone Surprised About Finding These Things At A Phish Concert?

I worked at a venue in Oregon and one of our favorite things was to list off the Lost & Found items at the end of the night in our FB page. The best was probably after hosting the group Phish for 2 nights in a row. Nitrous tanks, underwear, a car, costumes, and my personal favorite was the giant hot pink inflatable dragon river floaty.

There were 3 people on it that were high on mushrooms and they fell in the river and had to abandon it. (They're fine) I inherited that floaty after 30 days in the lost and found and we had the best summer of our lives.


Lucked Out

Sometimes, working these events leads to some good fortunate. People don't tend to watch their wallets or bags when having too much fun, leading to a great payoff for those forced to sweep up after.

Australia Sounds Great

I cleaned up for an event once and it was an event where you weren't allowed to bring your own alcohol in (so they can get you to buy it from the event itself and whatnot) so cops were taking people's alcohol.

cool, that's fine.

I was cleaning up and two cops walked over and asked if I was 18. I showed them my license to prove I was, and they gave me almost $1000 of untouched alcohol that they'd confiscated from people trying to sneak it in. bottles of vodka and tequila, a lot of beer and rum and a bunch of ciders all given to me cause I was a volunteer and not getting paid otherwise. was f-cking great


That's How A Home Begins

I've cleaned up and found entire cooking sets and chairs.


Free kitchen


Sifting Through Waste For The Gold

Obviously the worst is buckets of human waste.

Currently sporting a pair of barefoot shoes I scored from the literal HEAPS of shoes left behind at Tough Mudder events. One of the best was definitely a $120 Helinox camping chair. My bf still uses his 40oz hydroflask found post fest as well.


Getting The Short End Of The Money Stick

Did it once, as a fundraiser for a youth organisation, and collectively we found £3000 and ten mobile phones, and this was during the days when it was a somewhat luxury to have a phone.

(clarification edit: I didn't personally find and keep all of the above, this is what was found by the group of us, which was around forty teenagers. I found £35 and no phones)


That's Your Weekend Sorted

$60 and about 1/2oz of some really good herb.



And here's the stories we were all probably expecting.

Making A Game Out Of An Awful Situation

My company cleans up after festivals and the stuff we find has no end!

When we find a questionable looking bottle we play a game we call "tea or pee" (aka. Piss or pino; wee or whiskey)

Everyone takes a bet then some brave and curious sole pulls the cap and sniffs! Funny enough it's usually the guy with the weakest stomach and he either exclaims "Tea!" Or looses his lunch on the spot :)


Sh*t Tents? This Has To Be The Worst One...

Bottle of rum, lots and lots of drugs, watches, phones, perfectly good clothes, welly boots, wallets/cash etc.

Worst is sh-t tents. As in, abandoning your tent but doing a massive sh-t in it before you go so it can't be reused.


...Annnnd There It Is.

I did a clean at a 3 day music festival once.

Literally the first night I had to clean one of the portable shower cubicles, because someone had sh-t in the corner and stuck a cocktail umbrella in it.


No, Wait A Minute, This Is The Grossest One-DID YOU SAY A WHAT BODY?

Poop tent.

It's a 5 gallon bucket filled with laundry detergent with a toilet seat on top placed in a cheap tent. Imagine open that sucker up after 4 days of 100 degree weather.

Dead body. It was an apparent OD.

Booze and drugs. Also a nitrous tank. (That night after work was fun)


Always clean up after yourself. Pretty sure that's the important takeaway from today. Leave things the way you found it, bring a trash bag, and for the love of all that is holy, take your poop bucket with you.

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Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.


Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended


Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.


​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.


I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.


2 separate lists or just the 1?


Same list 2 columns lol.


Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.


​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.


Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.



Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.


I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.


I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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