Outdoor festivals feel like something from an alternate reality at this point, don't they?
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:
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.
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.
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?
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)Simplekin77
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.
When you go on a job interview, the last thing you probably never think about is asking a question.
"What is THE best question to ask on a job interview?"
"When you were interviewing here, what would you have liked to know before you joined?"
A Previous Employee
"One that has always gone over well for me:"
Hypothetical questions were suggested as helpful examples of inquiry.
Indicators Of How Companies Treat Employees
"These questions give a lot of insight into whether a company treated their employees well."
Past Performance & Adjustments
Measure Of Success & Career Trajectories
"How is success measured in this role?"
"What are some possible career trajectories within the company that could stem from this position?"
Being A Solution
"What do you like best about working here?"
Simply The Best
"Who is your best employee and why is he/she the best?"
"You will then face 2 situations mostly:"
My experiences with job interviews are different than others seeking work in office environments.
I did not make the cut. And I learned never to ask that again.
People told us their own stories after Redditor NeighborhoodTrolley asked the online community,
"People who cater to the super rich: What things have you seen?"
"It is so wide..."
"A friend did some work..."
Guess what, guys? It's not a joke! Those statues are weird.
Here you go: You're welcome.
"A friend from high school..."
"A woman who owned..."
"I became personal friends..."
"Have the money to support their eccentricity.
Smelling the cows?
Would not recommend.
"I am an art student..."
"Once saw him..."
"I used to 'work' for an Arab billionaire's son, a Daddy's money guy, terrible garbage human being.
Anyway... might as well ask: Any of you rich people out there looking for a poor friend?
Need a houseboy?
Or just someone whose bills you can pay?
I'm totes available.
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us all about them in the comments below!
Oof. Let's see who has been left scarred by the hunt.
What's the worst date you ever had?
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Two Hours from Home
You're Cut Off!
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Redditor ihadanightmarewithu asked:
"What is the scariest / paranormal story you have ever experienced?"
Many people talked about the things that caught their eye once upon a time.
Two Places At Once
"Walked into the kitchen and he was there sorting food out with my friend."
"A floating head."
Presences, Seen and Felt
For others, it was all about the things they heard.
"This is something I've never been able to rationalize."
And the Crying Stopped
Crying From Afar
Finally, some people interacted directly with the spirits.
Advice From Beyond
One Time Only
A Very Helpful Ghost
"The moment I turned around it dropped to the bed."
"That blew my mind!"
Here's hoping you manage to sleep well despite all these spooky stories!