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What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen being given away for free?

Asked by zenvelo (36783points) 4 weeks ago

People give things away for free, sometimes putting out on the curb, other times advertising on Craig’s list or free cycle.

Today on NextDoor, someone sold their house and was giving away garden hoses. And then they added, “….Oh, and I have 2 Cremation Boxes from the Neptune Society, very nice. He’s gone, I’m not needing them….”

Would you use someone’s free Cremation Boxes?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Free aged horse manure.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I found an odd clock at Goodwill. It was a tapestry wall hanging with a working clock in it at the top.
I didn’t buy it, but it was odd enough that I posted a pic of it on Facebook.
Some random stranger saw it and flipped out! She wanted it so bad!
So I went back and bought it (8 bucks I think) and mailed it off to her. No charge.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Sixty years ago the state was putting a highway through my town. The state bought farmland including the old house, they gave the house, for free, to anyone that would move it. Evans Brothers house moving bought a large lot two miles away and put the house on the lot then sold it.

ragingloli's avatar

Italy is giving away castles for free.
Under the condition that you restore them, so they can be used as tourist destinations.

Zaku's avatar

I once hung a carrot from the ceiling of an apartment building’s elevator, with a sign attached saying “How much is that car-rot in the elevator?” with musical notes around it, attempting to suggest it be read to the tune of “How much is that doggie in the window?”

cookieman's avatar

Years ago, working in Boston, I would park my car in this neighborhood with pretty lax parking rules, very close to a sex shop. One day, I saw a sign in the window that advertised a free 12” black, leather dildo with the purchase of $100 or more.

rebbel's avatar

“You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!”

smudges's avatar

My first thought was ‘puppies’. It’s one thing to give a friend a puppy or kitten that you have a litter of, but I find it disgusting to just sit on the side of the road or in a parking lot with a whole litter of puppies or kittens, handing them over to anyone who stops by (and however many the person wants). They’d be better off being taken to a shelter, humane society, rescue group, etc. where someone at least cares about the animal’s future.

Brian1946's avatar

I hereby stipulate that $5≠$0.

I once bought a 5-gallon bucket of live crabs from a guy on the beach.

Having no culinary interest in crustaceans, and no desire to have them as pets, I walked down to the ocean’s edge, and “poured” them into the water.

I loved watching the little critters scrambling sideways in myriad directions, in a chaotic celebration of their liberation!

PS: I would not accept free cremation boxes, unless I knew that Keith Richards would buy them from me in the hope of finding some residual snortables inside.

Forever_Free's avatar

Just down the road there is an old MG that has a sign on it stating FREE.

Certainly is a project car but has motor and frame and body look intact.

Forever_Free's avatar

@cookieman Still there but they charge $100 per hour to park in the back

smudges's avatar

@Brian1946 I loved watching the little critters scrambling sideways in myriad directions, in a chaotic celebration of their liberation!

All the creatures that have passed on and saw you do that are celebrating your life!!

Forever_Free's avatar

@cookieman “parking in the back” was a euphemism

Strauss's avatar

@Tropical_Willie I got some of that a few years ago. Dude has stables a few miles outside town here, and piles up the manure to let it age over the winter. It’s perfectly composted when we go to fill my friend’s pickup in the spring!

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