Vulpes Vulpes made me smile with his donation offer of a box of old USB cords, motherboards and Plug adapters etc. I have one of those too. Michael McIntyre might want to take note that as well as a “man drawer” most of us also have a box like this. That should see him right for another 5 years of material.
Anyway, that made me think of a recentish thing to get grumpy about! Yay!
We have a local community Facebook site and it can be handy for offloating items that you don’t want any more. Unfortunately, a really awful trend has emerged. Basically people wanting a cyber-medal for giving away their old shit rather than trying to sell them for (say) $20.
One poster recently did a big old spiel about how a few years ago she was in her uppers and how she will always remember those who helped. Inspired by that, she has decided to “pay it forward” and donate surplus Christmas toys to a deserving family, who are struggling and could do with a treat. Reader, we are to send her a message via the comments or a DM – and then she will decide who the lucky recipient should be.
Surely, the best way to do this is to photograph the item – put it on the street outside your place and just tell the community that it’s there.
Worse than this are the comments of support. “You have such a kind heart, hun” (that kind of thing) to which she replies with some motivational tosh about karma.
I wanted to wade in with my thoughts on a different approach but that would involve confrontation and I thought it far more productive to indirectly moan about it to a music forum based in the other side of the world.
I will say though that nobody else has raised the remotest of eyebrows. So…ladies and gentlemren…I ask….is it just me (thank you, thank you) that finds this sort of thing repulsive and vulgar?