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all I got was a tax-deductible rock [Mar. 1st, 2004|03:55 am]
Just me.
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I participate in a list called freecycle, which lets you post listings to give away stuff that you couldn't (or don't want to) sell for money. It's a good way of getting stuff into the hands of someone who actually wants it, rather than donating it to a thrift. Some things I've given away include a dozen light brites, 30+ windows from Ivan's proposed greenhouse project, a lamp, a chia head, and buckets of landscaping rocks. From the list, I've gotten a dresser, fireplace tools, and a stereo reciever that works much bettter than the one I was using.

So tonight I posted this:

OFFER: 2 big rocks for your garden

2 big garden rocks (note scale of soccer ball and tennis ball)


rock on the left is fairly heavy (I'll guess 70-90 lbs), rock on right is about 30 lbs. take one or both. In west seattle.

And got this response:

I'd love to take these off your hands to donate to a local charity. Let me know ASAP, I am close to you. Thank you.

I have to wonder what the hell a charity would want with an 80lb rock. I find this especially bizarre considering I tried to freecycle a cell phone (works, has charger and manual, but is 2 years old and not compact and sleek) to a non-profit agency clearhouse place, and no one said "yes,my charity could use it". And yet there's a charity that has a (percieved?) need for boulders? Weird.

Any guesses as to what a charitable use of a rock is?

[User Picture]From: quelqueparte
2004-03-01 02:01 am (UTC)
crushing politicians?
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[User Picture]From: drexle
2004-03-01 02:01 am (UTC)
Breast implants
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2004-03-01 06:54 am (UTC)
I have absolutely no clue!

But I have to say, I love the helpful way you placed balls in the photos so people could understand the scale involved. Very nice.
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2004-03-01 07:19 am (UTC)
It's a bot?

List some dildos and see if you don't get the same response.
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From: ex_futch238
2004-03-01 07:39 am (UTC)
A charity or stalkers most likely. I think I might let the rocks stay. But maybe I'm just paranoid today.
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From: dagmarathena
2004-03-01 08:08 am (UTC)
maybe they're doing landscaping and that's for the outside?
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[User Picture]From: eumenide
2004-03-01 08:32 am (UTC)
I actually looked into cell phone donations recently, and there are tons of places that will take old clumsy-looking phones, as long as they still work, and will even take them if they don't, to recycle them. Many women's groups and shelters will take them too.

I would use a rock, charitably, for art therapy - boulder sculpture! - or, possibly, as a nice accessory in a community garden or playground project. Or community theatre! Or a zoo!

Some might want to use a rock of such size in a charitable trebuchet.
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From: nonofastbinder
2004-03-01 09:29 am (UTC)
did you mention anywhere in the listing the word "cocaine"?
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