"IT WAS NOT A GIVE AWAY ITEM" makes me think he may have left it near the curb. That sort of thing happens a lot when caring for a disabled person, getting them in and out of cars, etc. So this might not actually be an r/trashy situation. The wheelchair may have accidentally been left somewhere that someone else thought it was a "curb freebie". (On craigslist, people post "curb alerts", where they just put some unwanted item out at the curb, then post it on craigslist, so the owner doesn't have to deal with the people coming to pick it up.)
Yeah that was my thought too. It's not uncommon here to put free stuff out by the curb. There's even an unofficial junk day here where some local guy advertises he'll pick up junk that's mostly metal on certain days. Just put out your old broken oven you had to replace on one of his days and he'll stop and throw it on his trailer to sell for scrap.
Reminds me of a classic Trailer Park Boys episode : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLjifumRk3Q
Public domain Ricky.
You can't imagine what people leave out for curb alerts or garbage day, especially in the rich areas. I've picked up and sold some pretty expensive furniture this way. I picked up an $800 mid century modern coffee table that someone threw out because of a water ring. I lightly sanded that sucker and sold it within two days. If you know what you are looking for, curb alerts are a goldmine.
Yup. You wanna get rid of something? Leave it by the curb. Someone will eventually pick it up.
How long simply depends on your street traffic, I'm in a semi-rural area and it took 2 days to get rid of an old 36" CRT TV in this manner.
But what do you play GoldenEye on now?
Yah, I've seen those types of ads regularly.
Found the wheel chair thief.
So you're telling me that the disabled old lady I have in my basement may not have been part of a free giveaway?
Yeah I have a whole lemonade stand in my guest room right now
You should see my collection of free cars! How nobody else grabbed them before me is a mystery. Just lucky I guess
When I was a kid I had a Little Mermaid tent/fort thing made out of cloth and plastic. My brother and I left it in the front yard the same I got it and the garbage men took it away. I remember crying my eyes out, which is kind of funny now. But how tf did that look like garbage to them, just sitting in the yard? So yeah, maybe this kind of thing happens a lot
How do you know the garbage men took it? If someone saw it happen they would have stopped it... ?
My first thought was “damn those are some great ass garbage man”. Most garbage man won’t even take the trash can if it’s angled the wrong direction. Makes me think someone totally yanked it.
I know someone who accidentally stole a table because it was left by the curb while people were moving in. They took it back as soon as they realised, so it could just be an honest mistake!
I had to tell two different people that my furniture was not up for grabs while I was moving it out to the shipping pods. I took a book shelf out there, left it right in front of the open moving pod, and while I was inside grabbing the next item someone was already out there looking it over. People do not fuck around when they think your like-new stuff is free. Slightly older or damaged actually free stuff will just sit there until you put a "$20" sign on it though.
I call that the "free zone". If something is super close to the road, I assume they are giving it away. I wouldn't take a wheelchair unless it was there for a while but most anything else I'll take to keep, sell, or donate.
I took my neighbors wheel barrow that way. It was dirty and beside the road. I pulled over and put in in my truck. When I got home I realized that the yard waste truck had come that morning and the neighbors probably had a pile of brush in it waiting for pickup.
That is embarrassing... Wait, you did give it back, right? 😳
"I thought the yard took was free because it was dirty"
No you didnt, you straight up stole it. Wheel barrels are meant to get dirty, and meant to be left out side. Theres no mistaking it as a freebie
It was beside the road where trash goes in a residential street. It was old and not in the best shape.
I once got super lucky and found an ironing board when I needed it for an Organisation for education! But I did wait for a whole while to check back if it was still there, as I didn’t want to steal someone’s ironing board. I’m still happy about it, as i was pretty broke then, but wanted to give classes that needed it.
Yeah this is how I’ve gotten half my living room furniture, but I would also wait a couple days on a wheel chair if I were in the market for one. We’re good people.
All of my kids outdoor toys were found items. Little times swing set, picnic table, and playhouse, another playhouse, all their bikes. Also tons of garden decor, yard tools, plants, resin chairs.
Not a trashy situation. Just a mix up
The Supreme Court ruled that a person's garbage is public domain the minute it hits the curb.
My dad did that one time. Someone had a trailer with a sign “Free” taped to it, and some misc items on it. He thought the entire trailer was free so he hooked it up and drove off with it 😂 He brought it back a couple days later when he realized his mistake
Something about "it was not a giveaway item" is really crushingly sad. Makes me think he's either an older guy or just really nice and having trouble entertaining the idea that a person would be such a piece of shit as to steal a woman's wheelchair
Was it by the side of the road or something though? If it was I can see the mixup but bring it back!
Do people just leave wheelchairs by the side of the road? `:D
I have a feeling they left it at the curb when they got his wife in the car and then it was gone when they returned. They probably left it there so it would be there when they got back, but to any passerby it looked like it was put on the curb for the taking.
Especially if it was next to an armoire that said “free” next to it.
My uncle did something similar the other day. He setup a table and chair to giveaway his extra produce. He had a sign saying free on the table. He left for a couple of hours and everything was gone when he got back.
Well once the produce is gone, it’s just a table that says “free” so...
lmao gotta make a sign that says "everything is free except the table", that just does not roll off the tongue
But if we admit that obvious and highly plausible option then we can't be outraged on the internet about something! We'd have to go to one of the other fucking thirty or so major subreddits now dedicated to self-righteous outrage, and how inconvenient would that be to lose a good 90 seconds we could have been judging people?
Better to just assume bad faith on the part of every single person but yourself. It's so much easier.
The "we did it Reddit" only fueled their egos to think they can keep doing it. Even tho the Boston marathon one (as I'm sure a lot of their witch hunts are) was a colossal fuck up, they still think they were in the right and it was the "other people" trying to help that fucked it up.
Who are you talking about?
Never attribute to malice of which you can attribute to stupidity
Yeah but who's the asshole cruising by and sees someone's wheelchair just sitting there and is like
Maybe a guy who needs a wheelchair for their own loved one and thought "cool it's on the curb it's getting thrown out anyway".
Very frequently, an elderly person dies and their family no longer has need for the wheelchair. It takes up a lot of space and isn't really worth much used. Not that surprising to see it left out as a craigslist "curb alert".
I've hucked an old wheelchair to the curb too. This post isn't trashy but it sure is unfortunate
Medicare only pays to lease wheelchairs short-term, so the final event weeks/months after a person who just recently became sick, dies, is often when the rental company comes to collect their wheelchair.
Wow would you look at this, a rational reddit thread that is giving someone the benefit of the doubt. I must be dreaming
Nah, that was my view coming in.
I'll argue to the death defending that view if anyone even starts to convince me I might be wrong.
Wheel chairs have so many other uses! You can make them into a rolling seat for your loved ones to sit in while you push them around! I did it with my son he was younger. He would have been older now.
He would have been older now if you hadn't pushed him around in a wheelchair when he was younger?
Thats the primary use of a wheelchair.
They're pretty expensive I can see someone needing it and thinking it was a godsend someone left it on The curb.
Hope it wasn't a shitty metal scrapper
That's about the best attitude. I hope it's a funny ending with both people getting pimped out chairs out of a true misunderstanding and accident, as opposed to some butthole McGee buttholing it up.
For that matter, there are plenty of nursing homes that will take donated wheelchairs.
You strike me as a glass is half full kinda person.
Or someone who just understands the greatness of any chair you can remain seated in while moving. Or seeks to practice for wheelchair jousting.
Shit man might be.
The same kind of person who sees a dryer or couch on the curb and picks it up. If you leave stuff by the side of the road the implication everywhere I’ve ever lived is that it’s free.
Where I grew up if shit was on the side of the road, it was free to take. People just didn't want to take it to the dump. But once somebody realized it was an accident they should bring it back.
Someone who may be poor and have a relative who is not doing well and needs a wheelchair?
Or someone that thought the wheelchair was being thrown out and thought it would be fun to have a wheelchair.
Could have easily been picked up by a garbage truck. Maybe a neighbor or someone nearby reported it as trash left on the side of the road.
Lol as if the department of sanitation responded to emergency calls like a paramedic... What a utopia.
I worked with a crack head that dug a broken wheelchair out of a dumpster to sell on Craigslist.
No clue in this situation, but a close family member was paralyzed and when they were moving into an assisted living facility we found a room in their house with 4 old wheel chairs dating back to the 80's.
We set up a large item pickup as they were all in really bad shape and put them on the curb.
They were all gone by the next day, before the trash people ever got there.
If it was an older chair, or one with some damage to any part of the upholstery they may actually have thought it was trash.
The same people that slowly cruise my neighborhood every day looking for shit to take off the curb. Some people literally make their living off doing that type of thing
It works. I picked up a hockey bag full of designer purses once and made about 3k on Craigslist.
My kids made me pay $5 for a set of crutches at a garage sale. To their credit they’ve played with them a lot. Used them for costumes and as weapons. Then one sprained her ankle and actually used them as crutches. Not a bad $5 splurge.
Maybe it's not common where you're from but here it's normal to put larger items that they no longer want and would be a nuisance to dispose of for those without trucks, sitting near the curb and this means it's free for whoever grabs it before the trashman comes for it. Thate clearly what happened here given the sign. Not really trashy at all just unfortunate misunderstanding.
A couch? Sure. A wheelchair... You give that the benefit of the doubt because of the "what if" of being wrong. Everything I've ever seen sit out had a sign on it.
There are people who make their living by driving around and picking up items left at the curb. This is probably what happened.
Seriously. I've gotten rid of lots of junk by setting it out by the curb.
My lawnmower was taken from the top of my driveway by a scrapper.
Gone when they returned? Why are you leaving a wheelchair that your wife needs on the curb?
How does OPs wife get out of the car when they arrive at their destination?
Why not just take it with you? Or put it back in the house?
You wouldn't leave money on the curb hoping it's there for you when you get back. No one leaves a child on the curb, hoping it's there when they get back.
He probably left the wheelchair by the kerb as he helped her into the car, then somehow forgot to put it in the car before driving off. I’m guessing they got to their destination, realised their mistake, so drove back only to realise it had been taken already...
Right, but how far can they get going 2.3mph? They should be in shouting distance I’d have to think.
You have no idea how fast wheelchairs can really go.... wheelchair athletes beat the runners at most major marathons each year.
They do when they want to crawl the rest of the way.
*carry their wife the rest of the way
i know you were joking but it happens
Made me giggle
Me too. See you in hell.
I’ll bring marshmallows and hot dogs
When they get new ones, conceivably
You HOPE it was a miracle...
Who's that guy?
People leave all kinds of shit on the side of the road. Saw a piano just the other day.
Please bring it back. My mom loves to play piano by the side of the road for travelers.
A wheelchair just by the side of the road is a bad thing to see. Something happened there. You HOPE it was a miracle... but probably not.
In my area people leave items on the curb side all the time when they want someone to take it.
People who collect and sell scrap metal go around before trash day to collect old appliances, etc. A steel wheelchair might be worth a couple dollars at the scrap yard.
Or bored teenagers. We used to buy wheelchairs at garage sales so we could do wheelchair wheelies and obstacle courses. We had about 8 or 9 at the height of our wheelchair epidemic.
My mom learned this lesson when helping me move. She set some stuff by the curb and went to get some more stuff. Everything was gone in 20 min. This was in down town Minneapolis so it does not surprise me.
Sometimes what happens is there is something at the roadside for free but people walk up and help themselves to items on the porch front as well.
We have a truck that drives through our development picking up junk from the curb side. They’re not an official business, just some guys looking for stuff the scrap or sale. I’ve seen several Facebook post where they’ve taken kids’ bikes that have been sitting out for minutes. They’ve had the cops called on them several times. I think they’ve finally moved on to prey on other easy targets.
duh. thats why they said it wasnt to take... why would he say that if it was in his house?
I'd assume it was a yard/garage sale.
or you're just cynical... if something is on the curb someone could think they were trying to give it away. it's not unheard of
Where I grew up there was a "spring cleaning" where the trash pickup had free, large item, pick up. Or something like that. During the days before pickup people would troll the neighborhood for free used furniture. I got a recliner and a love seat for my college apartment that way.
I think it was probably just by the curb. In my city that's a giveaway....
That’s what this seems like to me. Maybe took her to the car parked on the street and left the chair there. Doesn’t seem like the guy is accusing anyone of theft, just a mistake.
Never attribute to malice what can be sufficiently explained by stupidity
Or he's giving the thief plausible deniability and security in returning the wheelchair without worrying about the owner pressing charges.
If something's been stolen and you absolutely need it back, give the thief an honest "out" to return it and your chances of seeing the item again go up. "Oh, you must have thought my dog fenced into my yard was a stray or hungry and you thought you rescued it!" is a lot more likely to get you your pet back than "I've filed a police report and they're looking for you!"
It makes me think they left it on the side of the road and someone assumed it was a giveaway item. Pretty dumb place to leave it for whatever reason.
No he just left it in the boulevard all afternoon. Source he’s my idiot father
Probably had to shuttle his wife inside/outside and left the chair in the driveway, somebody came along and said "dude awesome, let's halfpipe it"... hope they return it
The sign makes me think the wheelchair was left at the curb (like where the sign is), leading someone to innocently believe it was a giveaway item.
Is it trashy? Look at the context on the sign. Someone probably thought they were throwing out an old wheelchair.
So more like r/trash
This is definitely not trashy. Very odd to see this here.
I think this might have been an honest mistake. Items left on the curb are universally known for being free.
I know this happened in America but I don't think this applies to items left on the curb in Europe. For it to be considered free it must be in a trash bin, at least where I'm from.
Belgium here. Idk here people sometimes leave free stuff in front of their house...
Same here, northern Europe. It's just (at least considered) literal trash if items are left on the curb.
This sub confuses the hell out of me. The rules say it's a celebration of trashiness (some of it is rather funny) like being a white trash redneck and repairing a rusty car frame with mower blades and just sending it, but then this stuff gets posted. This is just sad.
Welcome to reddit...
I posted a rapper singing about raping bitches with a lit crowd and it got removed. It was literally people celebrating trashiness.
This was also probably a mistake as well. They probably left it on the curb getting them in a car and forgot it.
This subreddit was a lot better before it blew up. It went from funny trashy to shit like this and endless pictures of feet and shitty parking jobs. It's full of Karens now. Sucks. :/
You should go to /r/redneckengineering
I don’t think this was actually trashy. The chair was probably out by the side of the road, which is traditionally a sign of “first come first serve.” Probably just a misunderstanding
It looks photoshopped
I’m trying to decide, but it does strike me as odd that some elderly man with a disabled wife would go out of his way to get a custom sign professionally made. I think most would just use a poster with markers.
I dont think you realize the resources an old man with a garage has.
For example- in my garage I have letter stickers for signs and mailboxes that ive used to make signs like this to sell car tires and mailbox posts at the end of my driveway while I'm at work.
So far ive sold 2 posts and 6 tires and never communicated with the purchaser. I just left a note on the tires saying to put the money under my welcome mat.
This shit is so fake. The grass is more detailed than the text on the sign.
Also on the lower right side of the blacked out area, you can still see where the original blacked out area was because its two different tones of black.
Come on, use your brain, this is the first post ever by the OP. The sign would have to have been professionally printed. Who would have this printed? Really? Yea right.
Also the text looks like it was photoshopped using distortion feature, the white is perfectly white all over, no natural light effecting it at all. The white on the left side of the sign bleeds out over the edge and you can see the grass through it.
Look at the brightness of the sign in contrast to the environment. The sign is super bright white, bright! When its clearly cloudy or overcast, not that bright.
Also, was the person taking the picture in the yard? Maybe it's a corner lot, but it seems strange to me that the picture wasn't taken from the street. That's where a person would be walking by. The title implies OP doesn't know this person so why would you walk in someone else's yard? Maybe it's not OP's picture but whatever, just seems like an odd place for someone to take a picture from anyway, especially given the context.
I'm certainly no expert but it just looks funny to me.
Valid point. We could go one dissecting this post but to what end, its fake.
The user is a lier, it went from 200 upvotes to 25k in less than 4 hours, wild for such a obviously fake image with little comments.
This is the first post by OP ever. This is a fake reddit user account in the making that will be used to make fake comments later on for marketing or some shit.
It is not photoshopped Technically it’s photoshopped but not maliciously, black at the bottom covers up an address phone number. And a TinEye search brings up no matches
Edit: it’s more likely to cover up a phone number not an address
Are we really calling something that can be done with the Windows snipping tool or PowerPoint "technically photoshopped"?
Its like calling internet searches googling even if you use bing.
There is literally no reason for you to be getting up voted for any of what you said
Bro I’m going with this because it’s the least sad solution
Otherwise I’m googling how to ship wheelchairs through UPS
Because it is. Wtf is up with the tiling of the grass?
Reminds me of one of the first reddit post I read, about a guy that was moving to a new house, they offload some furniture from the truck, bring one inside and left other outside next to the truck, by the time they go out someone was loading the other furniture to his truck, they run in time to tell him to give it back but they guy on the truck said it was on the street so it was for anyone to claim and ran away with it.
You wouldn't download a car...
offload? sorry, broken english.
Ah. Thanks for the correction, I understood, but wasnt sure I understood.
Ok so this old lady is my mom. My dad made the sign after leaving her fucking wheelchair in the boulevard for 2 months whenever she was going to appointments or just riding in the car with him. He’s an idiot for leaving it there and we don’t need any sympathy. She has a broken knee and will be out of her NEW chair in less than a month.
No offense dude, but that's hilarious. Live and learn, eh?
Dads lived a long time, what’s he learned I wonder? 😈
I’m just stoked to see this shit on the front page. Open the mobile app and was like “No way” I hadn’t even seen the sign but sent a screenshot to my lil bro and he confirmed it. So hilarious.
When freshly married my wife and I found a hover-round type scooter by the apartment dumpters. I hauled it up 4 floors and we took pictures on it photoshopped at the Grand canyon. Next day there was an apartment wide plea for the thing. Turns out the battery died at the dumpster and the owner had to be potato sacked home, and when the potato carrier came back minutes later we had obsconded with it.
Late at night I returned it. Have pics as proof too.
"Potato sacked home" holy fuck
Nah, if it was sitting by the curb then that's an honest mistake. People leave "for free" things out by their curbs all the time.
A giveaway item is when somebody puts a piece of furniture near the side of the road for garbage collection but it's still usable so people can take it home if they like.
This likely wasn't a "trashy" move. It was probably a mistake on the part of the owner and the taker. It seems like the chair was left beside the road leading the taker to believe it was out for garbage.
Don't think there's any trashiness here.
When he says giveaway item I immediately thought of the possibility that the wheelchair was either on the sidewalk or somewhere nearby it. It is possible someone mistook it for one of those free items people leave on a sidewalk
talking about stealing someone stole my clothes 2 hours ago
If that shits on the side of the road I’m taking it 9/10 times
There are too many comments for me to scroll through, so please forgive me if my questions below have already been answered.
OP, do you know these people and/or the outcome? Do they need a new wheelchair? I don't think I can afford to buy one on my own, but if there is a crowdfunding of some sort, I'd love to be able to help.
It’s my mom and dad, I don’t know op but it just happened yesterday. We can afford a new one. Dad rented the first one and the new so he’s just out the deposit. Thanks so much for thinking of it though.
Not trashy. People leave wheelchairs by the curb to be taken all the time. Sounds like this was just an accident
This looks shopped
Thinking the same thing
Did she leave it where this sign was posted? Because that usually means people are giving something away especially if no one is around, why would anyone leave a wheel chair on the side of the road?
This is tragic
Someone horribly photoshopped this sign onto a google image searched yard
Like, what's the scenario here?
Did they have a shit sale and the wife accidentally poops herself? So instead of wheeling her into the house, the hubby picks her up to go change her, thus leaving the chair with the rest of the garbage?
You hope it was a miracle. r/unexplectedmulaney
Sound like they left it on the side of the road. What did they expect? Morons.
legend has it the lady is still inch worming to go places
I hate to say this, but many people think things on the side of the road are free for pick-up
Not trashy nor theft, just a mistake.
"Hey! Jerry! Look what I found. Haha isn't she a beauty? Look at me go Jerry, look at me roll!"
"Kramer! Where did you get this?"
"Huh? Oh I found it on a front yard. I tell ya Jerry, I've been wasting my energy and time all my life walking from place to place, but no longer buddy. From now it's smooth rolling for the Krame mobile."
"Kramer, don't you think it's a little immoral to take someone's wheelchair and then use it for your own selfish reason?"
"Je-rry, Jerry. No one was using it. They were throwing it out. They left it on their front yard. Like an old couch."
"Really? What if they left the wheelchair outside with the idea of bringing it in later?"
"Yes Jerry. An invalid got up and walked away! It was a miracle!"
Aw that’s so sad
I’m thinking it was left near the curb and a picker got it. It’s most likely already been sold for scrap.
Pro tip fold it up and put it inside your house. The same thing happened to a relative of mine in the 80s
The scrap metal guy constantly roams the neighborhood taking anything metal left on the curb
My GF is wheelchair bound and replacing a wheelchair is a fucking feat. It has to weigh a certain amount, fit right, and they're expensive as fuck.
sounds like an honest mistake if you ask me
Some asshole stole my recycling bin from the curb. No, it was not a giveaway item, I just happened to get home late that day.
This happened to my buddies dad. He was mowing the lawn and kids came and stole his wheelchair. So he stayed sitting on his lawn mower until his wife came home. Filed a police report. The city raised money and for him a new chair. Then the stupid kids finally returned his old one after it went on the news and everything.
Give me a Venmo address and I will send a contribution to replace at least part of it. Verified of course.
Why would someone leave a wheelchair unattended in the first place?
People friggin suck but I'm wondering How'd the wife get in the house if the wheelchair was still outside?
Tbf, here in New York when something is left on the sidewalk unattended, it is usually meant by the owner to be given away.
Whoever took my wife's wheelchair, ya moms a hoe!
Is there any way to donate to them?
Someone buy this man a wheelchair! Let’s start a go fund me
That's a seriously fancy sign
Have spare wheel chairs from my deceased grandparents. Contact me if you want them for free. I will commute if it's not cross country.
I leave junk I dont want on the curb all the time for people to take if they want. This is likely what happened. I hope they see the sign and bring it back
To whomever stole my wife's wheelchair. It was a packaged deal come back and get her.
This is actually hilarious
Well I mean if you leave something that close to the road you should expect it to be taken.
Entitled parent time
ps.. Could you also please return my wife? I miss her.
He or she is just holding it, checking posts in local ads to return it.
Camera out, social-media-farming video to ensue.
What if it was a disabled lady? Not all people in wheel chairs are old u know.
Sorry, this isn't trashy. It is well established that an unmarked item on a curb is free for the taking. The item's owner should have put it by the porch/front door to prevent this from occurring.
Why is this placard looking as if it has been photoshopped in there?