Another's man's trash is not always another man's treasure.
Instead of just throwing things away, donating the stuff that you don't want anymore sounds like a generous and sustainable option. You might figure, if you had use for it then someone else must, too.
But some people's donations do more harm than good. If you're trying to get rid of something because it's now in poor quality, then it won't be good enough for someone new to use either.
Redditer u/Indianfattie asked Goodwill employees the things that they wished people wouldn't donate to the store, and thrift store workers informed everyone what items are useless and what will probably go straight into the garbage.
20. Books that lost their hype factor
"Not Goodwill, but in, Wales, a charity bookstore asked people to stop donating the Da Vinci Code because they were getting so many copies."
19. Check the weather before you leave stuff
"USED FURNITURE DROPPED OFF IN THE RAIN"
18. Just throw it out yourself
"Hey, Salvation Army here. Socks that aren't new in a package go straight into the garbage. Also, don't put knives or stemware into bags of clothing. Stemware usually breaks and turns into knives. Happy meal toys are trash. Parents of young children, please throw all those cheapie toys away rather than stuffing them randomly into a bag of clothing."
17. Exotic dancer clothing is not welcome
"I volunteered as a teen. I had to sort the clothes and learned a LOT about what strippers and dancers wear. We couldn't sell any of it, and my virgin eyes were shocked every time I pulled a g-string out of a bag."
16. They can't even consider selling them
"Something I haven't seen mentioned is bean/plastic pellet filled toys. If it's not stuffing, it's a choking hazard and a safety risk for young children so most op-shops/charity stores/Goodwills are required to dispose of them."
"One time a guy donated 6 kidneys in the time of one month under the same name(dumbass) got arrested 3 weeks later"
14. A good way to judge what you're donating
"Not a worker but I've always heard that you should only donate stuff you would feel OK giving to a friend. Nothing damaged or non functional, no clothes with holes or tears, etc."
13. It should be obvious to not donate infested stuff
"former goodwill employee here and where do i begin?
bug-infested furniture... if you need to get rid of it then take it to a landfill and dispose of it properly! goodwill has no use for your roaches and bed bugs...
dirty clothing, when donating clothes to goodwill make sure they're clean first, goodwill doesn't wash the clothes that are donated to them.
garbage, items that are clearly broken... they're not a dump, just... throw it away
i kid you not someone once donated homework, it was graded and everything... why?"
12. I guess it can be dangerous for people with allergies
"My local Goodwill turned down our working, electric lounger because we have a dog and the hair was stuck to the bottom of the legs. So no furniture with ANY pet fur!"
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It's heartbreaking every time"
10. Watch how you store things!
"I almost had a serious injury when one donor wrapped up blades from a blender in a towel and dumped them in a bag full of clothes. Please don't do that."
"One of the girls at the thrift store I work at had to get stitches because some jerk threw steak knives in the bottom of a trash bag of clothing."
9. I hate to see vintage furniture go to waste
"Cleaning out my senior parents' place we tried to donate a very expensive built in tv stand made of oak. Turns out flat screens don't fit in them and they never get sold."
8. Trash literature is trash
"I remember a while ago I saw a side news story covering how a bunch of charity places were asking people to stop donating book copies of Fifty Shades of Grey. I seem to recall one store had enough copies they made a book fort out of them."
7. This isn't a dumpster
"I haven't worked there in over a decade, but: garbage. People would dump bags and bags of garbage in front of the store overnight, and I mean stuff that no reasonable person would ever consider to be anything but garbage.
Busted up concrete. Rusty metal. Basically stuff they didn't want to pay to have hauled away, and couldn't be bothered to take all the way to the dump."
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"Don't donate unwashed clothes. You know the stank that most Goodwill stores have? They don't wash donations before putting them out. They just go straight on the racks.
Don't donate any clothing that's stained or has holes in it. These items don't sell and will likely be thrown out. Don't donate used socks or underwear. Don't donate worn out shoes, smelly shoes, or solo shoes."
5. Maybe a collector on eBay would want that
"Decades old encyclopedias missing a volume or two..."
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"I volunteer with a local food pantry. Please don't donate literal garbage. Nobody wants your decade-expired dry cake mix."
3. Check your pockets
"We call them charity shops in the UK, I'm guessing it's the same deal. If you're donating anything with pockets PLEASE take a second to remove your used tissues, it grosses us out. We don't want anything that's broken or doesn't work. We don't want Christmas decorations before Novemberish, we don't have a lot of storage space to keep them for 8 months. We don't want your underpants or socks"
2. Pay attention to what you're donating
Folks, go through your stuff before you donate - I once found a memorial album someone had made for a woman who had died, and another time I found an old friendship book full of names and addresses. Really made me wonder what the people who worked in the charity shop were thinking.
1. Seriously, pay attention!
"Someone accidentally donated an urn, complete with cremated ashes."
Moviegoers who love horror films get their thrills from watching protagonists get hunted by immortal psychos, get tormented by evil spirits, or ravaged by blood-thirsty zombies.
Fans of the horror genre can take all the gory violence unfolding up on the screen because they know the perils depicted are far detached from reality.
However, these thrill-seekers may have another think coming, as there are real-life horrors in life that threaten their existence.
Curious to hear from vulnerable strangers online, Redditor Flimsy_Finger4291asked:
"What scientifically proven thing scares the living sh*t out of you?"
There are way too many infections or diseases that can be fatal, and therefore, more terrifying than axe-wielding psychos.
"It started as a light fever. I took a nap and woke up 3 days later in the hospital and had lost all function in my lower body. I was bedridden for 3 weeks, and spent longer in physical therapy. It was an absolute nightmare and I was VERY lucky I didn't die."
"My friend in high school contracted it too. He was a football player, healthy. He died two days later."
It Started With A Headache
"I had it too. The headache was so bad, COVID had a similar feel to it. Had to say in bed for almost two weeks. My dad almost sent me to school but thankfully I pleaded with my parents and they took me to a hospital that diagnosed it and I was able to get the treatment."
"F" To The "C"
"Cancer. I’ve had 4 aunts, 2 uncles and both grandparents killed by cancer."
"That's my answer. I have metastatic breast cancer. Right now, it's stable, but I'm not tolerating one of my medications. So I'm in the middle of getting re-scanned and the oncologist is making a new plan for treatment."
These threats are a reminder that we're really sitting ducks in life.
Beware The Bite
"Rabies. I know, I know, there's a vaccination for it if you get bitten, which I would get as soon as possible. But knowing that if you can't get the vaccination in time/didn't know you were bitten, then you go insane with a disease with no cure terrifies me."
The Little Ones Are Worse
"Scarrier, if you get bitten by a small bat which have the rabies virus when you are in deep sleep, you don't feel anything except itchy at that bitten place. 99% you will die because you don't know you are inffected and when the symptom appear, it is too late for you."
"I scared of that as a child because in our small garden at that time had a lot of bat, they ate fruits and sometimes flied into our house. We had to chased them out before sleep."
Food For Thought
"brain-eating amoeba in waters is pretty up there on the wtf list."
When you really stop and think about these concepts in life, they truly are frightening.
Vastness Of Space
"That most of the universe is unreachable to us."
"Or how about if our satellites keep breaking into smaller pieces we’ll eventually be stuck on earth in a deadly atmosphere of microscopic metal pieces flying around the planet like bullets?"
"That’s always a fun one!"
When The Body Fails
"Powerlessness in the face of health. I'm not scared of death or mortality, but my body is falling apart."
"I've had back surgery, knee surgery, a hip replacement, I've got a trapped nerve in my chest cavity, in constant pain and have to sit back and watch as my pain levels increase and my health slips into further into damaging my quality of life. I'm only in my early 30's and have a hard time being as functional as the average 50 year old. I eat carefully and look after myself, but there is nothing I can do to arrest the wear and tear my body is accumulating over time. Tis no fun."
"The Abyssal zone and Hadal Zone of the Ocean. Nothing should go that deep, nothing should be alive at such depths and, water is terrifying."
Underwater Dump Site
"Trash has been discovered at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. It isn’t a surprise, but it’s incredibly frightening. Like…how much more trash will there be in 50 years?"
I'm not afraid of death, per se, as our inevitable demise is unavoidable.
What terrifies me is that any one of us can literally drop dead from something so sneaky and iniquitous as a brain aneurysm.
There's no warning. We could all have one and survive without it ever rupturing, or we could have one just waiting to pop.
Carpe diem folks. Live without regret, dance like no one's watching, gather ye rosebuds while ye may, all that stuff.
Because the truth is, we're not given an expiration date. And what a waste of our lives if all we've ever done with them is binge-watch Netflix all day or let our jobs define us.
I'm just sayin' I think it's funny how I go my whole life with people telling me "smaste" isn't a real thing and then here comes a pandemic where smaste issues are one of the main symptoms and now all of a sudden everybody believes in it?
Yes, pettiness and dark humor are absolutely getting me through, so I'm choosing to focus on the fact that I TOLD YOU SO, LITERALLY EVERYBODY.
Reddit user Muntszy asked:
"What smells better than it tastes?"
And since we're all ready to admit that smaste is real, let's talk about the hideous disappointments that come along with incongruity in the smaste continuum.
First, let's talk about what rubs Reddit wrong.
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"Beggin’ strips. 'Dogs don’t know it’s not bacon' but I sure did"
"My older brother tried one of my dog’s Milk Bones once out of curiosity and from then on he’d deada** snack on them now and then."
"tried a dog treat that smelled just like a great jerky strip. good amount of regret after. and pity for my dogs"
"Dogs know it's not bacon... They just aren't choosy enough to turn it down."
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"Someone stocked the toilets at work with strawberry scented hand soap made by this small local business."
"I swear this soap smelled more like strawberries than actual strawberries do, gave me instant cravings every time I had to take a piss."
"I made a bunch that were Creamsicle flavor for a party my family was having and they smelled so good lol."
"Hell, I accidentally tried it as a 30 year old adult. There was some fantastic smelling 'chocolate' on the counter when I got home so I tried it. Definitely smelled better than it tasted."
Taste Like Lies
"I once drank this when I was a kid and was expecting it to taste like vannilla ice cream water, had to wash my tongue for a whole 2 minutes to get the taste out"
"Oooh or bakers chocolate"
"So glad this is near the top. I once made the mistake of giving into temptation and tasted vanilla extract. That’s a mistake you only make once."
"Me, holding vanilla extract: You know, I've heard this doesn't taste the way it smells."
"My best friend, not even looking at me: Don't."
"Came looking for this - it's one of the most disappointing things on the planet. You expect that pure vanilla should taste amazing, like concentrated cupcakes. Nope."
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"Snazzy flavoured herbal teas"
"Every time. 'Oh, I bet this one will taste good!' Nope."
"If you're lucky it just tastes like water. If not, it tastes like grass."
"I think there is a Nobel prize to be had for the first one to come up with a tea that tastes as well as it smells."
"Most teas are such a delicate flavor that overloaded palettes won't find much to them. Gotta add that little bit of sweet to brighten it up and give it a fighting chance. Sugar is the salt of the tea world!"
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"Has nobody mentioned lumber/sawdust yet? Wtf?"
"My mom had an, uh… unusual… craving for a stack of lumber while pregnant with me, walking through Home Depot with my dad. They both tell me slightly different versions of this story, but my mom will never cease to admit to it being so true."
"This man gets it I love the smell of fresh lumber and firewood when we do firewood especially eucalyptus or macrocarpa, however tastes very bad."
"oh if you like the smell of lumber you have to try zirbenshnapps (stone pine cone liquor). i dont know if you can find it in the US but here in Austria and Germany its quite common. it tasts like what a freshly cut down pine tree smells like."
"I usually hate shnapps but i love zirbenshnapps."
The Best Part Of Waking Up...
"Coffee. I like the taste of coffee but the smell is better."
"I hate the taste, but love the smell, especially when freshly ground."
"Yeah, I don't like coffee, but I love the smell. I also like things that are coffee flavor, like coffee ice cream, coffee oreos, etc, but not actually coffee. Even really sweetened coffee isn't that good."
"I never related to a single mediocre sentence so strongly in my life."
"Freshly ground coffee is maybe the best scent in the world. Nothing could live up to that, not even coffee."
"I will die on this hill but drink better coffee. What people generally think coffee is "supposed" to taste like is wrong. The burnt, bitter crap everyone thinks of as "coffee" is from mass production roasters, made from garbage beans to be as cheap as possible.
I've had plain coffee that tastes exactly like eating a blueberry muffin, and plain coffee that tastes exactly like strawberries and cream. I've had coffees that taste more like tea than what most people think of as "coffee". It's more expensive but still undervalued."
"Good coffee makes waking up worthwhile"
Vampires Would Disagree
"Uncooked minced garlic"
"Fun story, my sister realized she had Covid one morning when she woke up and couldn’t smell or taste her coffee. So she decided to try out items in her spice cabinet and see how far she could take it. For the final test, she ate a whole tablespoon of raw minced garlic. Nothing."
"She then got to tell the story when the doctor asked her why she thought she might have Covid. Doctor had a good laugh."
"It’s actually the healthiest way to eat garlic though! Full of a very healthful compound. Mostly only present in garlic AFTER being cut up but BEFORE being cooked or heated."
"Yup. Smells great but needs at least a couple minutes of sauteing to not suck"
Not Sure You're Suppose To Try This One
"The only thing worse than how a gluestick tastes is how 'well' it sticks."
"Trixie Mattel would like a word with you"
"Literally what I was thinking omg 😂"
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"I went through a short pipe phase in the '70s. Probably freshman year of high school while reading the LOTR."
"I discovered that tobacco that smelled good and had a pleasant aroma when burned tasted like sh*t. Tobacco that tasted good smelled like sh*t. (Sh*t being a metaphor. I have no idea what it tastes like)"
"I've been a pipe tobacco smoker for almost ten years and mainly smoke aromatics like bourbon, vanilla, etc. People love the smell of it when I smoke around them. I have to remind them the taste isn't the same. Not as bad as a cigarette of course but no it isn't going to taste as well as the name implies."
"Hijacking this comment to go one further. Black n mild cigarillos. The ones with the wood tip. They smell amazing. Taste like a**."
So let's talk about the first time I had a Cosmopolitan, shall we?
It was a beautiful pink in a gorgeous glass. It smelled like citrus and summer in a cup. I had waited so long to finally be out somewhere fancy enough to warrant ordering a cocktail. I was so ready for my Carrie Bradshaw moment...
It tasted like hairspray. I was born in the '80s, I already knew what hairspray tasted like! I didn't need to spend $15 on that.
Alright fam, your turn! Let us know what you would add in the comments.
When it comes to succeeding in life, one of the most important qualities to possess is confidence. It sounds simple, but most of us can attest that it's not.
You can't be a confident person unless you love yourself. That may sound egotistical, but it's not. Self love is different from arrogance. Self love is all about accepting yourself as you are and being proud of who you are.
That's not to say you should be proud if you're not a decent person, but if you are trying your best, there's no reason not to love yourself. However, it's hard for a lot of us to love ourselves. Some of us find it even harder to do than others.
That knowledge is probably what prompted Redditor jeezburger69 to ask:
"What's holding you back from loving yourself?"
This Or That
"Indecisiveness. I can't pick a life choice and yet I see people my age and younger already way ahead because they knew what they wanted to do in life"
"And when you do decide on something and start to follow through, you feel it's the wrong path and abandon it eventually?"
Do What You Wanna Do
"Not following my dreams and not respecting myself."
"If your dreams are still there you can follow them ! Courage !"
Block Out The Noise
"A part of me that's holding onto all the shitty things people said to me as a teenager, and also my tendency to compare myself."
"Still trying to work on myself to let go of all that, hoping one day I'll get there:)"
"Internalizing the opinions of shitty people from school days. They're not the kind of people I'd ever listen to now, but the fact they got to say awful things when I was young meant it's absolutely stuck in there for good now."
"Such a neat feature of the brain"
"I really don’t know if other people have problems like this but I just feel so distant with everything and everyone I interact with. I have a slightly different personality for every person I talk to and I hate it so much. That issues stems from the fact, I just feel like I don’t have any emotions at all. I can’t remember the last time I was happy, sad, angry, or content. My emotions just feel like a melancholic state of nothing 24/7 and I hate it so much."
"I feel that I'm not intelligent, I have the worst memory so it doesn't help. I have body dysmorphia and insecurities that I can't hide when communicating with others face to face. I always think people are judging me when talking to them, but I'm the one doing that everyday. These days I even feel unmotivated and want to quit somethings but I'm literally forcing my happiness to not dissapoint others. I feel that I'm not living for me anymore. I'm just barely surviving."
"Standards I’d never hold anyone else to. I talk to myself in a way I’d also never allow anyone else to as well."
"This. It's toxic and crippling and so damn hard to stop. I feel you because I'm the same way. Wishing you the best"
Stuck In The Past
"I keep remembering what I was like before, it holds me back from having a clean slate"
Inability To Fulfill Goals
"Not being able to fulfill your determinations and ambitions sometimes hurts and one starts hating himself for it"
"i think i’m fat and disgusting to look at"
"I feel this in my soul."
Inability To Fulfill Goals
"Genuine contempt for the world. I was raised in a violent, abusive environment and it left a lot of marks. It's easy to not feel much now, which has helped as much as it's caused problems. I can love other people, I think. But not myself."
Sometimes, it can be hard to get over whatever is holding you back from seeing the good inside yourself, whether it's the comments others made about you or the flaws you see in youtself.
However, all anyone can ask of us is to try our best and be a good person. Ask for help when you need it, stand up for yourself when it the situation warrants it, and don't let anyone else tell you who or what you are.
Why do bullies bully? More importantly... how do we get bullies to back off?
Can we just use words? Does it always have to resort to violence?
There is no reason in this world for anyone to be a bully. It's all about power and self worth.
The bully has none and it's all they want.
RedditorYaboi2tallwanted to hear about how bullies can be stopped.
"How did you get a high school bully to never mess with you again?"
I swung on my bully, with a pencil. Never had an issue again.
"Vomited all over him. After that he never messed with me again."
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"A group of sociopaths from my school that always tormented us followed me and my friends to my house one day in a pick up truck. They stole my friends shoes, pushed one of them until she fell, and took my sketchpad and threw it in a puddle. My stepbrother came outside, beat one of them badly, stole his pants, and threw his keys into a sewer grave before hitting him with an empty vodka bottle. It was traumatizing for me on both ends, but that group of kids never even looked at us again."
"He tried to shove me down an embankment while on a field trip. Had I fallen, I would have broken my leg or worse, because the embankment ended about 25 feet down, then dropped off into some deep brush and trees. Anyhow, my best friend was next to me, and said 'Watch it!' as he came at me."
"I side-stepped him, and he tumbled down the embankment and over the edge into the brush. Fractured several ribs, dislocated his shoulder and broke his ankle. He never did anything to me again. F**k you Darren! You b**ch!"
"She told me, my face made her want to kill herself. So I told the school counselor that she had confided in me she wanted to kill herself. She had to explain to the everyone what she really said. She would call me fat, and ugly everyday. She also would tell me I was trash because I was adopted. 'Your own mother thought you were so ugly she didn't want you.'"
"Made friends in the football team. Bullies think twice when you are buddies with a 6'2 250 pound Samoan. Crazy how nice so many Samoans are."
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I do like Football players. I knew they'd good for something.
"I was bullied for my wheelchair, so I ran their feet over."
"Fast and furious."
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"A bully was harassing my daughter on the bus. Instead of calling his folks, or jumping on him, I did this…"
"I pulled him aside at the bus stop one day and asked for his help. “Hey Danny. I was hoping you could help me out. I guess there’s a kid on the bus who is picking on my daughter. She’s a girl and small and I’d like for you to help protect her. If you see anything like that, could you stick up for her please and let me know about it.'" That was the end of the bullying."
"Pretty much the same. Stopped associating with our mutual friends when I realized they're not my friends if they're friends with a bully like this person and ever since we graduated, and I've been out of that social bubble, it's just was over."
"Not a bully per se, but a d**k." In my French class a guy who sat behind me would always kick my chair repeatedly, and I was at the point where I was visibly infuriated by this happening every lesson. The girl who sat next to me turned to him and said 'Hey, you should probably stop doing that, he looks like he's about to hit you.'"
"Guy laughed it off and said I wouldn't. I didn't, but I turned around and cocked my arm back. He was leaning back on the hind legs of his chair with his feet on mine, so when I did this, he flinched, fell backwards off his chair, and got a few laughs from the people behind us. He never kicked my chair after that."
"Challenged him to a fight at lunch, left during the period before lunch to move 800 miles away."
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Sometimes all it takes is one good punch. Not that I'm advocating violence. But most bullies are just cowards.