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Garbage Men Share the Craziest, Occasionally Amazing Things They've Found in the Trash

If there's one thing that seems evident as a garbage man, it's to approach each day of work expecting the unexpected. Some of this 'trash' would've been better left undiscovered altogether.

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    Font - NE DO OT CR [] tkova2 171 points 14 days ago Used to work at a facility that processed waste, we'd get some interesting stuff from crime scenes, police evidence, ect. But the most questionably disposed of item was a Smith and Wesson revolver from a police department in Virginia, in a box of evidence. Should have kept my mouth shut and kept that one. CRINE MOT CRUDO CR ואVi ,
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    Product - [ [deleted] 2188 points 14 days ago Friend cleans for rich people. A soundbar, a huge plasma screen tv, bags and bags of cashmere sweaters, a 200gb iPod classic, several other iPods, a huge completely marble coffee table, and so on. They let her keep it all because it's getting thrown away anyway.
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    Transport - ] boochy613 828 points 14 days ago Maintenance man at my nice apartment complex once told me that the rich asians who live (college town) often just throw out perfect condition cameras or like designer clothing when they move out. He said he once found a $1200 cannon camera and gucci backpack!
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    Hand - [-] aminitaceae 133 points 14 days ago A severed arm with no hand... At first I thought it was from an animal until I looked closer in horror that it clearly was a human elbow
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    Text - My dad has been 'on the bins' (working for the council doing refuse, blocked drains, street cleaning etc) for about 30-odd [-] monders337 295 points 14 days ago He brought a load of books home once, all hard cover Terry Pratchett's, that someone had just tossed in to a bin in a shopping centre. years. eHe used to do tip runs, collecting stuff that had been dumped illegally and taking it to a tip (landfill?) and he used to come TUHO back with all sorts of shit. Mum would just bin it all ag
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    Text - [] PseudoWarriorAU 74 polnts 14 days ago Apple stores throw out there displays with a lot of cool gizmos and cords etc on them. Security from airport throw all the confiscated stuff, you'd be surprised how many people travel with fluffy hand cuffs. Full furniture fit outs in buildings, I mean like 4 floors of office furniture, which hey pay for disposal of, and you can't give away for free. They are the main ones I've personally dealt with
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    Money - DDJS $100 PATAO A E- odogogod 403 points 14 days ago Not a trash story exactly, but....a couch was donated to a charity. It went onto the sale floor at a thrift shop and sat there for 2 weeks. Since it reached the time limit for sale they were throwing it into the dumpster. A last second inspection found $40,000 hidden inside. enoNS
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    Property - LOUIS VUITTON (- BGT456 918 points 14 days ago My boss gave me a Louis Vuitton jacket with a 1in stain on the front. It is mostly faded but he is picky. Amazing what he throws/gives away LOUIS
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    Text - manuelazana 36 points 14 days ago I lived in residence and would make hundreds of dollars a semester returning textbooks I found in the hallways. permalink embed parent [-] solinaceae 17 points 14 days ago I used to go door-to-door and ask people for their old textbooks Once, a couple laughed at me: "Who on earth would give you their books instead of selling them?" Lots of people, that's who! I made hundreds every finals week, it was awesome.
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    Product - [] Kaitedid1229 402 points 14 days ago My uncle owns a moving company. I now have a 35,000$ solid wood bed room set because the couple didn't want it anymore. Strange what rich people give away for free. I'd go in and clean for him after his guys moved stuff out, this one houses floor was completely marble. I had no idea what to use to clean it with. I felt like a peasant.
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    Text - - Bernie Belber 1283 points 14 days ago My buddy is a sanitation worker. Found a frozen bum in a dumpster in Milwaukee. Found most of a meth lab outside this guy's house on the curb with the usual crap. Kept finding dead cats in this one guys trash can. Reported him, fucker was abusing cats and tossing them out. Found a pound of weed (which he kept) Has found money a few times. Not a LOT lot, but prob a few K altogether. Edit- and computers and game consoles. Don't ask me why but he's pro
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    Cutlery - gawaine73 936 points 14 days ago I work just north of San Francisco in Marin County. On time I found an entire silver service set in the recycling. My best guess is the owner didn't want to deal with polishing it. It was very intricate. I took it to a pawn shop and got 700.00 dollars for it.
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    Text - [-] then 12 points 14 days ago I was a janitor for my high school in the summer months and one of the first jobs of the summer was locker clean out. I was given the master key for all the lockers and had to go in one by one to clean them out. I found so many bottles of ADHD meds (adderal, ritalin, vyvanse), a few bags of weed, relatively brand new shoes, nice north face fleeces among other random shit
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    Land vehicle - Tngiri [-] Slaughterhouse451 1121 points 14 days ago My ex's dad was a garbage man for a decade. He told me once while drunk he found a shit ton of cash in a recycling box and pocketed it before tossing it in the back of the truck. Said it was almost $3K in a rubber band.
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    Lego - [-] Sithis1415 51 points 14 days ago My uncle found about 50 unopened super large Lego set in some guys trash. Made about 1.5k to 2k
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