Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Gothamist)   Pssst.. let's look into the life of an NYU college student by going through the HUGE pile of luxurious garbage they leave behind when classes are out   (gothamist.com) divider line 79
    More: Amusing, NYU  
•       •       •

10531 clicks; posted to Main » on 22 May 2014 at 10:17 AM (44 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



79 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2014-05-22 09:40:45 AM  
Anyone that's lived in a college town knows that spring is the best time to go get free stuff. The fratlands and the dorms, they all throw away loads of useful things, some even without too many stains on them.

plenty of free lumber, sometimes bricks from remodels they didn't finish, lots of random stuff. It's a "pickers" free day out, saturday after finals.

Used to do it every year.
 
2014-05-22 10:05:42 AM  
The annual IKEA Laminated Pressed Woodocide.
 
2014-05-22 10:06:38 AM  
Get this man a Pulitzer.
 
2014-05-22 10:22:09 AM  
And lots and lots of sex toys.
 
2014-05-22 10:22:26 AM  
I usually get a good bike or two once the students leave.
 
2014-05-22 10:22:44 AM  
Pshh, if you think that is impressive, you should see what the military leaves behind when a unit leaves a deployment.
 
2014-05-22 10:22:57 AM  
Someone at my university threw a seventy dollar printer out their window. Landed right next to my window and surprised the fark out of me and my friends.We managed to salvage the ink cartridges, but the printer wasn't in any working shape.

/Hate rich kids
//Learn what its like to spend your own money, entitled farks.
 
2014-05-22 10:25:00 AM  
Seriously, how big are these farking dorm rooms?

Generally in reporting it's in your best interest to answer questions like this in the article, not ask them.
 
2014-05-22 10:25:35 AM  
wow the outrage, pitching out that pink t-shirt. imagine what that would fetch in kampuchea or perhaps in some of the ghettoes on the moon. speaking of wastes, how many resources were wasted on raising the writer of that article to adulthood?
 
2014-05-22 10:25:48 AM  
Let's not and say we did
 
2014-05-22 10:26:11 AM  

blatz514: And lots and lots of sex toys.


Hey! The man FTFA said we didn't want to know!
 
2014-05-22 10:26:12 AM  
A friend of mine had a job cleaning out the dorms at the end of the year. He found great stuff which he would often share, and we were a state school with not nearly as many rich kids.
 
2014-05-22 10:26:27 AM  
That's how my GF and I got our mini-fridges.
 
2014-05-22 10:26:41 AM  
sniff the panites and lick the condoms!
 
2014-05-22 10:28:13 AM  

Generation_D: Anyone that's lived in a college town knows that spring is the best time to go get free stuff. The fratlands and the dorms, they all throw away loads of useful things, some even without too many stains on them.

plenty of free lumber, sometimes bricks from remodels they didn't finish, lots of random stuff. It's a "pickers" free day out, saturday after finals.

Used to do it every year.


I scored three dorm fridges one year . . . all like new.  That was 2001, and I am still using all three
 
2014-05-22 10:29:35 AM  
My co workers father is a super in a building near Fordham.  The building is filled with college students.  He says he makes about 4-500 bucks on stuff left in the apartments after each semester selling it on ebay.

Someone left a snowboard.  WTF?

Must really be nice to have disposable income like that at a young age.
 
2014-05-22 10:30:05 AM  
cdn.chud.com
 
2014-05-22 10:33:35 AM  
Grand tradition here in Gainesville to go "shopping" for a "new" (to you anyway) couch, etc. when the students all move out.

I've found lots of high end clothes with labels still on 'em, fantastic furniture, even a gold necklace once.
 
2014-05-22 10:34:24 AM  
Once at Purdue after school ended, I dumpster dived a brand new wok still in the box.
 
2014-05-22 10:37:00 AM  

namegoeshere: A friend of mine had a job cleaning out the dorms at the end of the year. He found great stuff which he would often share, and we were a state school with not nearly as many rich kids.


I attended State U way back when.  Rarely did anything worth taking show up on the trash. of course we was mostly the children of the poors.  These NYU kids pay over $50K a year for tuition, room and board.
 
2014-05-22 10:38:36 AM  
People who have no value of money waste stuff news at 11.

Outlaw Thirds: That's how my GF and I got our mini-fridges.


I helped my buddy with a leather recliner and mini fridge once. He lived near College Park, MD and when the university let out he would get all kinds of great stuff. One time he got a lot of what looked like high end dresses, he sold them for about $10 each at a used clothing store.
 
2014-05-22 10:41:15 AM  

Generation_D: Anyone that's lived in a college town knows that spring is the best time to go get free stuff. The fratlands and the dorms, they all throw away loads of useful things, some even without too many stains on them.

plenty of free lumber, sometimes bricks from remodels they didn't finish, lots of random stuff. It's a "pickers" free day out, saturday after finals.

Used to do it every year.


Yep. Got a ton of free stuff that way.
 
2014-05-22 10:41:22 AM  
Not unique to NYU. I went to a tiny engineering school in NM; perhaps you can guess which one I'm talking about. Finals week was always awesome for dumpster diving, as many of the exchange students would simply toss stuff rather than trying to sell it or give it away. You could seriously find whole working computers, DVDs, and pretty much anything else that wouldn't fit in an airline carry-on bag.
 
2014-05-22 10:43:57 AM  
Yup, in college, my poor friends and I would go to the rich kid's apartment complexes at the end of the year when they would all be packing up to go home to mommy and daddy.

The quality of the stuff they threw away was unreal as pointed out upthread.
 
2014-05-22 10:44:00 AM  
I live in a college town. The school has a program where the local YMCA thrift shop sets up donation points around town and campus so the kids can donate stuff and the Y resells it to other students in the fall. Works pretty well.
 
2014-05-22 10:44:26 AM  

tripleseven: Someone left a snowboard.  WTF?

Must really be nice to have disposable income like that at a young age.


Sounds wasteful (and is), but most of those kids are in a time crunch to get to an internship or back to mommy and daddy's and are planning to fly. That, combined with finals stress, leads people to just say "screw it, I'm leaving it." Not that I mind.
 
2014-05-22 10:45:52 AM  
""These kids don't care. Money's no object, and they throw everything out," he said. "Must be nice to have money like that, right?" "

Depending on where they're moving to it's probably simply not be worth it to take their possessions with them.

Moving into an apartment in NY? Probably already got a fridge and microwave, you don't need the ones you had in your dorm and are paying through the nose for every square foot so don't have the space for spares.

Moving back in with your parents? Your bedroom is still furnished and they probably don't need or want a spare crappy coffee table.

Moving out of state? You're going to pay for a u-haul to cart a few hundred bucks of ikea furniture across the country? Nope.

Moving internationally? Take a suitcase of clothes and a carry-on with your laptop and valuable electronics. Excess clothes, furniture and so on are not worth shipping.
 
2014-05-22 10:46:03 AM  
Is this supposed to be a jab at NYU specifically?

As a graduate of that esteemed institution, I must say that, yes, everyone there is an arsehole.
 
2014-05-22 10:51:27 AM  
When I was working at Duke the Saturday after finals was the best day for pickings. Given the narrow stairways in the old dorms on main quad, most of the students just threw their cast-offs out the windows. Lumber, bricks, books, clothes, you name it. And pricey stuff, too - a friend who went with me one year scored a Coach handbag that still had the tags on it. Just mounds of stuff on the lawn, with people picking through it. It was surreal, $100 textbooks still in the plastic, TVs, stereo equipment they couldn't be bothered to move back home.

When Nan Keohane became president in '93, she realized it was an embarrassment, all this expensive stuff thrown out windows and left lying on the grass, as the housekeepers and cooks picked through it. So she installed those PODS containers in each quad where students could "donate" things to charity. And let it be known that anyone caught throwing stuff out windows would be fined and seniors would have their diploma held for 30 days.

On one hand, I could see her point. On the other, I missed the free lumber and bricks.
 
GBB
2014-05-22 10:53:11 AM  
Wouldn't it be in the school's best interest to offer for sale a "contract" to enter a dorm room prior to paying a company to clean it out?  Or auction it off storage unit style?
 
2014-05-22 10:53:35 AM  
Ex garbage man here. Every year when the kids from Gonzaga moved out we would meet at the burn plant and go through the dumpsters form the campus.

It was amazing what you'd find. TVs, mini fridges, clothes, bikes, stereos, porn videos and VCRs. It was Christmas in the spring time for us.

/This was the early nineties, so no DVD players or high powered computers.
 
2014-05-22 10:55:48 AM  
I've furnished more than one apartment from dorms after semester is done. Still have a mini fridge from 1982 that works perfectly.
 
2014-05-22 10:56:26 AM  
Those richy-rich bastages have socks! And t-shirts! I bet they even went to OWS protests, when they're clearly all insanely wealthy!
 
2014-05-22 10:58:36 AM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: I've furnished more than one apartment from dorms after semester is done. Still have a mini fridge from 1982 that works perfectly.


My college roomie still has our mini fridge from '92 - '93.  It's still churning away in his basement, keeping the beer cold.
 
2014-05-22 10:59:28 AM  

CJHardin: Pshh, if you think that is impressive, you should see what the military leaves behind when a unit leaves a deployment.


I particularly like their wives
 
2014-05-22 11:02:03 AM  
You're so vain, I bet you think this trash is about you.

Don't you, don't you, don't you.......
 
2014-05-22 11:03:15 AM  

OldManDownDRoad: When I was working at Duke the Saturday after finals was the best day for pickings. Given the narrow stairways in the old dorms on main quad, most of the students just threw their cast-offs out the windows. Lumber, bricks, books, clothes, you name it. And pricey stuff, too - a friend who went with me one year scored a Coach handbag that still had the tags on it. Just mounds of stuff on the lawn, with people picking through it. It was surreal, $100 textbooks still in the plastic, TVs, stereo equipment they couldn't be bothered to move back home.

When Nan Keohane became president in '93, she realized it was an embarrassment, all this expensive stuff thrown out windows and left lying on the grass, as the housekeepers and cooks picked through it. So she installed those PODS containers in each quad where students could "donate" things to charity. And let it be known that anyone caught throwing stuff out windows would be fined and seniors would have their diploma held for 30 days.

On one hand, I could see her point. On the other, I missed the free lumber and bricks.


Funny how "charity" only counted if it was the official sanctioned one, and not the actual "who wants it the most goes and gets it" one
 
2014-05-22 11:03:20 AM  

TrainingWheelsNeeded: CJHardin: Pshh, if you think that is impressive, you should see what the military leaves behind when a unit leaves a deployment.

I particularly like their wives


Everyone does.
 
2014-05-22 11:19:20 AM  

mjohnson71: I used to live not far from Washington University in St. Louis.

-George Forman grill brand new in the box (gave as gift to a coworker when they got married)


Cheap bastard. I can see the thinking: "Huh. John's getting married. I don't really like the guy all that much, but I gotta give him a gift if only to be politic. Let's sift through the pile of crap I've collected from the University ... oh! George Foreman grill, NIB! Perfect!"

Wonder if John's on Fark.
 
2014-05-22 11:22:15 AM  
- Bass Guitar and amps that I still use 10+ years later
- Microfridge
- multiple Papasan chairs and couches
- years and years worth of fabric softener sheets (seriously -- didn't buy another box for something like 5-7 years)
- probably a years worth of shampoo and laundry detergent
- Fish tanks
- really weird pron tapes


And that's just a start.
 
2014-05-22 11:26:20 AM  
For the same reason the Army just leaves vehicles to rust in Iraq. It's cheaper and easier than trying to pack that shiat up and send it home. I left I lot of crap overseas that I didn't need any more and wasn't worth the effort to bring back, such as coffee pots, a TV, a power converter.
A lot of that stuff I can understand. You might have limited space in your car, and it simply isn't worth it to rent a truck and a trailer for your car just to bring back cheap, easily replacable stuff. Spending 1000 bucks to bring back 600 bucks of stuff doesn't make sense.

I have an old solid oak dresser that is staying in the house whenever I move. That thing is farking heavy and a gold-plated biatch to get up and down stairs. I've moved it 4 times. Never again. The new owners of my house can keep it.
 
2014-05-22 11:29:26 AM  

Generation_D: Anyone that's lived in a college town knows that spring is the best time to go get free stuff. The fratlands and the dorms, they all throw away loads of useful things, some even without too many stains on them.

plenty of free lumber, sometimes bricks from remodels they didn't finish, lots of random stuff. It's a "pickers" free day out, saturday after finals.

Used to do it every year.


Yep.  My friend dumpster dived at some frats and sororities.  Made a couple of hundred on textbooks.

My alma mater had to be all responsible and started setting up large recycle/donation bins in every dorm 'round move out time.  They also stopped letting folks build lofts, so there goes my source of free lumber.  But off campus is still a bonanza that my SO won't let me go near anymore, probably fairly so.
 
2014-05-22 11:30:05 AM  

MythDragon: I have an old solid oak dresser that is staying in the house whenever I move. That thing is farking heavy and a gold-plated biatch to get up and down stairs. I've moved it 4 times. Never again. The new owners of my house can keep it.


Ditto my solid oak entertainment center.  Which was supposed to be in the basement, but the mofo is 2" too tall to make it down the stairs and it does NOT come apart.  Never again, when I die/go to the nursing home, someone else can deal with it.
 
2014-05-22 11:30:44 AM  
Generation_D:
Funny how "charity" only counted if it was the official sanctioned one, and not the actual "who wants it the most goes and gets it" one

Yep. There were some hard feelings on campus about that, too. Like most places, the first people on campus most mornings were housekeepers, cooks, landscapers, etc. People who weren't getting paid a whole lot to begin with, and those freebies were really appreciated. It was a pretty cool scene, people helping each other load up the heavy stuff, comparing clothes to trade off things that were the wrong size.

But other than white trash like me, that group was almost entirely black, and the sight of poor black folks picking through the expensive discards of rich white kids - just the sort of thing to end up on 60 Minutes or such one night. So it was a PR-motivated decision to be sure.

There was no rule that you couldn't grab stuff out of those PODs, but the change in policy had the effect of embarrassing the people who had previously benefited. So they kept their distance and lost out on those freebies.
 
2014-05-22 11:34:14 AM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: MythDragon: I have an old solid oak dresser that is staying in the house whenever I move. That thing is farking heavy and a gold-plated biatch to get up and down stairs. I've moved it 4 times. Never again. The new owners of my house can keep it.

Ditto my solid oak entertainment center.  Which was supposed to be in the basement, but the mofo is 2" too tall to make it down the stairs and it does NOT come apart.  Never again, when I die/go to the nursing home, someone else can deal with it.


Ditto again on my couches.  They're actually great and comfy as heck - I happened to be home when my parents neighbors were renovating and saved them the hassle of figuring out how to get rid of it (first renovation, so they didn't know Purple Heart would've just picked it up).  But we had to remove a door to get it in and even then it took over an hour and we may have somehow violated the laws of space and time.  Since we had to deal with random cat stuff and sh--ty shelving units and grow room leftovers when we moved in, I figure fair is fair.
 
2014-05-22 11:35:23 AM  
So you're telling me people throw out stuff instead of pay airline fees for overweight luggage and would be a huge hassle to lug around back and forth twice a year? I would never have imagined such thing could happen.
 
2014-05-22 11:42:28 AM  
Pish Tosh .. Vail Colorado's garbage man got rich off what Trustafarians left behind every year
 
2014-05-22 11:43:32 AM  

Target Builder: ""These kids don't care. Money's no object, and they throw everything out," he said. "Must be nice to have money like that, right?" "

Depending on where they're moving to it's probably simply not be worth it to take their possessions with them.

Moving into an apartment in NY? Probably already got a fridge and microwave, you don't need the ones you had in your dorm and are paying through the nose for every square foot so don't have the space for spares.

Moving back in with your parents? Your bedroom is still furnished and they probably don't need or want a spare crappy coffee table.

Moving out of state? You're going to pay for a u-haul to cart a few hundred bucks of ikea furniture across the country? Nope.

Moving internationally? Take a suitcase of clothes and a carry-on with your laptop and valuable electronics. Excess clothes, furniture and so on are not worth shipping.


So instead of trying to sell this stuff or give it to a Goodwill or make sure that it will be used by somebody else in some way since it's all still usable stuff, the best thing to do is just throw it all away!

That's the part we're astounded at these kids for, not just the fact that they don't want their expensive things for whatever reason.
 
2014-05-22 11:54:21 AM  

The My Little Pony Killer: So instead of trying to sell this stuff or give it to a Goodwill or make sure that it will be used by somebody else in some way since it's all still usable stuff, the best thing to do is just throw it all away!

That's the part we're astounded at these kids for, not just the fact that they don't want their expensive things for whatever reason.


They've got a short time between finals and moving out.

Nobody is going to spend the week leading up to finals advertising an Ikea LACK(TM) coffee table on Craigslist and dealing with people coming around to look at furniture to haggle over a few bucks here and there when they're revising for their exams.

Goodwill isn't going to be able to come around every apartment between the end of finals and moving out day - they'll require folks obtain a car from somewhere and deliver furniture to them.

Most of the stuff is crap. Sure once in while someone throws out something expensive but in general those piles of garbage are mostly garbage. Even the author of TFA couldn't find enough examples of expensive things being chucked out and had to bulk out their list with old t-shirts, odd shoes, a box of teabags, half-used cosmetics, laundry hampers and a white board. Goodwill doesn't want that shiat either.
 
2014-05-22 11:59:50 AM  

Target Builder: The My Little Pony Killer: So instead of trying to sell this stuff or give it to a Goodwill or make sure that it will be used by somebody else in some way since it's all still usable stuff, the best thing to do is just throw it all away!

That's the part we're astounded at these kids for, not just the fact that they don't want their expensive things for whatever reason.

They've got a short time between finals and moving out.

Nobody is going to spend the week leading up to finals advertising an Ikea LACK(TM) coffee table on Craigslist and dealing with people coming around to look at furniture to haggle over a few bucks here and there when they're revising for their exams.

Goodwill isn't going to be able to come around every apartment between the end of finals and moving out day - they'll require folks obtain a car from somewhere and deliver furniture to them.

Most of the stuff is crap. Sure once in while someone throws out something expensive but in general those piles of garbage are mostly garbage. Even the author of TFA couldn't find enough examples of expensive things being chucked out and had to bulk out their list with old t-shirts, odd shoes, a box of teabags, half-used cosmetics, laundry hampers and a white board. Goodwill doesn't want that shiat either.


Where oh where will these rich college kids ever be able to find a car? I mean, besides the ones they likely use in order to go from their dorms to their classes, unless you somehow think that these kids are frugal in that one little area of their life.

And you're right, I've never heard of a Goodwill anywhere that wants to take used clothing and household goods. That's just absurd. Goodwills only accept brand new items still in their packaging.

/derp
 
Displayed 50 of 79 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report