Does everyone know about freecycle? Here in Ohio we have an e-mail group called freecycle. People throughout the county post items that they no longer want & offer them to others free of charge. Then if you are interested in something you e-mail the original poster and request it. It's an awesome idea! For people with things to get rid of it is nice because you are helping your community out and still clearing out unwanted objects. And of course for the people that get the item it is awesome because you are receiving items for free!
Anyhow, as I mentioned the other day, we have been working out in the yard decreasing the size of our flower beds. I had alot of plants that I no longer wanted so I offered them on freecycle. I got tons of responses which was good because I had a ton of plants too! I ended up offering the plants to 40 different people. Should be a happy story, right? Wrong! Of the 40 people that came to get plants from me - 6 of them didn't get anything because other people had taken their bags of plants. I had put them out on the porch in labeled bags and as a result some people felt it was fine to take extra bags. Terrible!
So, please, if you are a participant in freecycle, make sure you only take the items that were actually promised to you. It hurts other people that you are taking from - plus the original poster (like me) feels so bad over it happening!!