Friday, December 10, 2010

Why Oh Why Oh Why Do I Have to Have a Conscience?

You're not going to believe it, but remember this? Well, I was driving down the same street, and out in front of the same house, in virtually the same spot was this.

I screeched on the brakes and hopped out for a closer look. Actual wood shelves, sweet little design on the brackets. No sign reading: "For the Salvation Army" or the like. Just as I'm picking it up, I see a person in the yard about 50 yards away. Should I say anything??? Turns out I should have kept my big gob shut.

"Hello!" I holler...."Is this looking for a good home?" The person (who reminded me of a hobbit) turns around, walks slowly towards me and says "That's my roommate's..I don't know why he put it out here. I better check with him first." I'm thinking: "Why do you think he put it out here? He obviously wants to get rid of it." I was too stunned to try to reason with her.

I asked her to call me if it's a throwaway and then I took the liberty of moving it closer to the house in order to A) keep it out of the rain and B) protect it from the grimy hands of someone like me.


Van said...

If it's on the curb, it's for the pickin'! I have never placed any of my treasured items outside to languish in the rain :)

Funny story ma'am, I relate.

JunqueMagnet said...

Giggle, giggle. You had to ask because otherwise we feel like idiots picking stuff up off the street! At least I do when there are witnesses. It's junque karma.

Barbara said...

Just go get it! Screw them!

Toronto Yardsaler said...

Start the car!

trash talk said...

Next time...grab first, ask second. It's a whole easier to beg forgiveness than to ask for permission...especially from a nosy roommate!

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

You're laying up good karma, which is better than shelves any day.

But I would have thrown the sucker in my car and driven off.

Amber Von Felts said...

Man I just hijacked a modern oriental styled shelf from a pile of stuff meant for a thrift store this week! I was driving to work, spotted it and in 60 sec. flat had it loaded in to the station wagon! I feel a little guilty cuz' it was to go to the thrift store, but hey I got there first!