So we have a two-car garage packed to the rafters full of "stuff" we have collected over the years. My wife and I cannot come to any agreement how to deal with it. I want to hold a Garage Sale, she wants to put it on the curb on trash day. This disagreement has been going on for years. Finally we come to an agreement -- we will donate it to a charity that will turn around and sell it at their resale shop. And I will get the tax write-off.
So we start clearing it out. We get a good start -- enough to fill a 10' x 10' area eight feet tall. We put it under a pop-up canopy and call the Salvation Army.
Two days later two men pull up in a truck. They pick at the outsides, of the pile getting the lightweight stuff like the mountain bikes, making excuses about the heavy stuff, and leaving. We are very upset.
So we call St. Vincent DePaul's, they send out a truck. Two gentlemen get out and look at the pile, pick at the outsides getting some of the lightweight stuff like the boom box radio and some wall decorations, and leave. Now we are angry.
THESE ARE CLEARLY LAZY PEOPLE! Neither set even dug into the pile to see what was inside. The stuff they left behind -- a $1200 sewing machine in cabinet; a brand new basketball backboard, basket and net still in box; camping equipment and hiking equipment in excellent condition, a microwave oven, an electric rice cooker, a set of encyclopedias, a complete set of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. And on and on.
This was NOT trash. This was NOT rubbish! This is worth real money, we just wanted to help the stupid charities!!
So we have complaints in to these two charities saying "Sorry, your loss!"
Tomorrow we are loading it up ourselves into two SUVs and taking it to a third charity.
(No comments about the ethnicities of these four gentlemen 'less I be accused of racism.)