To keep using the wheelie bin my neighbour has stole from me

(89 Posts)
MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 12:32:27

Hers went missing, bins are in a communal area as its flats, she has taken mine pulled it up to her house and put it behind her car.

Only I can see my number in huge letters staring at me.

So take it back

Sugarice Fri 01-Feb-13 12:33:23

Go and get it back!

WorraLiberty Fri 01-Feb-13 12:34:37


chanie44 Fri 01-Feb-13 12:35:42

Yep, go get it back, if it is clearly yours.

It's really easy to get a new bin. When my mums went missing on bin collection day, I called up the council and got a new one within a few days.

CadleCrap Fri 01-Feb-13 12:37:00

Are you in No 6 and is she in No 9?

CheeseandPickledOnion Fri 01-Feb-13 12:37:01

Why don't you just go over and get it back?

Foggles Fri 01-Feb-13 12:37:06

Go and get it! If you can't squeeze it past her car - knock on her door and say "I think you have taken my wheelie bin by mistake". She can hardly deny it if it's got your number on, can she?

MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 12:37:45

I am waiting till she goes out because im a coward

TheSecretCervixDNCOP Fri 01-Feb-13 12:38:25

Yeah, I agree with everyone else, I'd properly noisily retrieve it and if she asks what you are doing just smile at her and walk away with your bin!

MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 12:38:49

No I am a number with three digits, she is number 1

WorraLiberty Fri 01-Feb-13 12:39:19

WTF? confused

What do you think she's going to do, slam your head in it?

SkinnybitchWannabe Fri 01-Feb-13 12:39:24

Get it back.

MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 12:41:06

her flats under mine but her front door is on side street if that makes sense.

Icelollycraving Fri 01-Feb-13 12:41:17

Don't be such a wuss,get the bloody bin!

Sugarice Fri 01-Feb-13 12:42:14

Go and get it, don't be scared.

It's your bin, she's in the wrong not you!

HecateWhoopass Fri 01-Feb-13 12:42:51

Just go and get it grin if she comes out, before she says a word, grin at her, roll your eyes and say bloody binmen, putting my bin here, look <point at number> it clearly has my number on it. What are they like, eh?

atthewelles Fri 01-Feb-13 12:42:59

Just wheel it back to your place. She can hardly come out and argue if your number is clearly written across it and bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to her number. She sounds a bit daft.

MrsBucketxx Fri 01-Feb-13 12:43:13

get it back, what the worst that coukd happen, if ot got bags in leave them on the door step.

shes in the wrong if its clearly yours.

Foggles Fri 01-Feb-13 12:44:25

If they are stick on numbers - she could be removing them whilst you are dithering here grin

Why is she scary?

Hegsy Fri 01-Feb-13 12:46:30

Just go get it! Bin wars are unreal in flats my DH gets so wound up about ours. People don't put there bin out and then end up using ours because he always makes sure our is out for binmen. He's now started taking bags back out the bin that are not ours confused I think he's got to much time to think about it.

Foggles Fri 01-Feb-13 12:50:33

I live at the end of a cul-de-sac of mostly retired folk.

It seems the highlight of their week is putting the bins out in regimented colour-coded order.

The bin men have great fun mixing them all up and putting them back at the wrong doors. It causes great distress. grin

manicbmc Fri 01-Feb-13 12:50:41

My neighbours kept using my garden waste bin (which I have to pay £20 a year for, for collection). Now it has a lock on it so the can bugger off.

Get your bin back OP and if she says anything, tell her to get her own.

EuroShagmore Fri 01-Feb-13 12:52:41

Just go and reclaim it! Neighbour did the same to us. And even scratched the number off (leaving deep scratches in the shape of our house no- not the brightest obviously). We reclaimed, noisily whilst glaring at the windows in case the thief was watching.

MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 12:54:17

Numbers are in in paint, I can't get it past the cars as she has several people over,

I might go down and paint biin thief on it wink she's not scary she just has loads of people there at moment

diddl Fri 01-Feb-13 12:54:57

Take it back!

My paper bin went missing once.

It had snowed & the tracks could be followed!

WorraLiberty Fri 01-Feb-13 12:55:20

Just nip over quietly

Grab the bin and scream Vae Victis! while punching the air...

Longdistance Fri 01-Feb-13 12:56:31

Get it back. She probably nicked ours as some councils charge for a new bin. Cheeky bastards!!!!

5Foot5 Fri 01-Feb-13 12:56:39

"Are you in No 6 and is she in No 9? "

But all the rubbish would fall out then.

Sugarice Fri 01-Feb-13 12:56:40

Go On OP, the collective gang of Mumsnet is right behind you grin .

Get the bin, get the bin, get the bin! < chanting and pumping fist>

Viviennemary Fri 01-Feb-13 12:56:45

Take it back. Paint your name on it. And Hands off. The cheek of some people. I thought somebody had taken ours and replaced it with a smaller one. I stopped short of getting out a measuring tape. But I think I must have been imagining things. What is it about wheelie bins!

HecateWhoopass Fri 01-Feb-13 12:56:58

go and knock on the door! grin

Can I just ask you to shift your car a bit so I can get my bin back. The bin men have put it over there by mistake.

Who cares if she's got people over? She's maybe more likely to pretend that she didn't know about it if she's got an audience. grin

Foggles Fri 01-Feb-13 13:00:14

Nobody nicks our bins - they're the only ones that don't get steam cleaned.

One of them is also a bit melted after DH got over enthusiastic with the chiminea.

MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 13:00:29

She will know I know the bin men didnt put it there because they just dump then on the main road and I put them all back in communal area. Intact it only moved this morning cause I used it on school run.

DragonQueen Fri 01-Feb-13 13:01:38

Does anyone else have a big advert for wheelie bins on the side of their screen? 'Lowest priced wheelie bins on the web - only £39' grin

Oh the irony!

Perhaps you should print the advert out and pop it through your neighbour's door OP?? grin A helpful hint, like.

atthewelles Fri 01-Feb-13 13:01:42

Just knock on her door and say 'Sorry, I think my bin was left here by mistake. Could someone move their car for a sec while I move it back. Thanks a mill <big smile>. Unless she's a total nutter, she'll just do as you ask or offer to bring it back over when her visitors are gone.

Foggles Fri 01-Feb-13 13:01:50

You took the kids to school in a wheelie bin? confused

MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 13:01:59

I wonder if this is payback for dds violin practice...

HecateWhoopass Fri 01-Feb-13 13:02:09

I know she will know it.

You know she will know it.

She knows it.

It's a nice way of saying give me my bin back you thieving sod. Giving her the face saver of it being someone else's mistake.

While you know and she knows you know and you know she knows you know.


hopefully, it means she won't try it again.

HecateWhoopass Fri 01-Feb-13 13:03:01

hang on. school run? [boggle]

MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 13:04:04

grin no I put a bag in it as I left for school run.
I'm going to go for it after I've eaten.

Foggles Fri 01-Feb-13 13:05:26

Okay. Eat for strength and then we are all behind you OP.

hugoagogo Fri 01-Feb-13 13:12:49

Some bastard has taken my recycling box for the third time!

It is some comfort to me that I had left it outside a bit longer, because there was cat shit stuck to the bottom. heh heh

Yes, just take it back!

NatashaBee Fri 01-Feb-13 13:12:54

You took the kids to school in a wheelie bin?

Crying with laughter. I hope you get your bin back OP, some people take the piss! When we moved out of our old house, we got a bill for rubbish disposal a couple of weeks afterwards because everyone dumped their crap in our old recycle bin and the council refused to take it as it wasn't glass or plastic.

Aspiemum2 Fri 01-Feb-13 13:14:00

5foot5 - your comment made me splutter my tea everywhere! grin

You have to go and get it back, Mumsnet are waiting grin

bedmonster Fri 01-Feb-13 13:21:20

chanie we get charged £50 for a new wheelie bin if it gets lost or damaged! Some dickhead put a firework in my Mums one and it melted and had holes in and she still had to pay for a new one!

TeamEdward Fri 01-Feb-13 13:23:49

Have you gone yet? grin
<marks place>

MarianForrester Fri 01-Feb-13 13:24:00

Yes, get it back <punches air in inspiring American style manner>

Our neighbours took ours and we didn't pluck up the courage to get it back, cos it wasn't marked. Although be fact they then had three bins bit of a giveaway... But still despise myself for it: you can be better than me!

MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 13:25:00

Its possible she reads mumsnet.

I walked past and looked pointedly at my bin, as she had her mates where at door, I then stomped to the bin area and to see if hers was there. When it was I walked back towards her house , before I said anything she said "are you looking for a certain bin"

I said yes but seeing you've filled it I will using your empty one for fortnight then you can have it hack.


MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 13:27:04

Chanie we had to pay for this one as old one was nicked.

MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 13:41:26

She said she couldn't see hers when she looked.

Apparently that was an excuse to knick mine.

Extra violin practice for dd tonight me thinks [bitch]

Sugarice Fri 01-Feb-13 13:45:14

Well done for not being scared to challenge her.

She's filled the bin already since this morning?

Pascha Fri 01-Feb-13 13:47:18

Is your DD that bad at violin?

MrsBucketxx Fri 01-Feb-13 13:48:54

take the rubbish out and use it I would, dump it on her door step.

toffeelolly Fri 01-Feb-13 13:52:03

go get it back, and hit her car when you are at itwink wink

MrsBucketxx Fri 01-Feb-13 13:55:47

dont hit her car youll ve had fr criminal damage.

go and get it back, and dump her rubbish on her doorstep.

MrsBucketxx Fri 01-Feb-13 13:56:04

be had for,

I've had 2 nicked and council take 28 days to get you a new one

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Fri 01-Feb-13 13:58:54

If you use a soldering iron you can 'engrave' your house number and postcode on your bin, then it is harder to nick. Mark it on the inside and outside.

MariusEarlobe Fri 01-Feb-13 14:05:12

Sugar it already had stuff in, she's added to it.

MrsBucketxx Fri 01-Feb-13 14:05:26

mine got eat by the bin truck sad

MrsBucketxx Fri 01-Feb-13 14:06:32

gloves on and take it out, you know your not getting it back, otherwise dont you?

NUFC69 Fri 01-Feb-13 14:06:41

Our council charge for replacements, too (about £30), but if the binmen damage it whilst it is on the dustcart, they take it away and bring you a replacement free of charge. If they do this, however, they are supposed to put a note through your letterbox; needless to say they don't, and you then wander up and down the street looking for it!

Foggles Fri 01-Feb-13 14:21:36

MrsBucket your poor wheelie bin sad

diddl Fri 01-Feb-13 14:30:54

Where do missing bins go to?

Why do people take them?

Ours arrive pre addressed.

(Am in Germany)

We also get a sheet-specific to us, of when each bin needs to go out.

RedToothBrush Fri 01-Feb-13 15:00:00

Where do missing bins go?

Ireland. Apparently.

Liverpool City Council made all their bins bright purple to stop the problem. There was an organised bin nicking racket going on.

PPT Fri 01-Feb-13 15:08:45

I'm a nice person (this thread has reminded me!) last year the bin men went a little crazy and didn't pop bins back outside the correct doors... I ended up with 2 black recycling tubs. I dropped about 20 neighbours a note saying we'd got an additional one! Owner came and reclaimed it- but gave me a bit of a scathing look! (Useless story... But goes away shining halo!)

Foggles Fri 01-Feb-13 15:13:40

Wheelie bins were used as barricades & for carrying away loot during the Manchester/Salford riots of 2011.

You never had all this trouble when it was the old metal dustbins. grin

apostropheuse Fri 01-Feb-13 15:45:44

I am the proud owner of not one, but FOUR wheelie bins. Our Council like to spend money on bins. All full height, big bloody wheelie bins.

I have green for glass; brown for garden waste; turquoise for recycling materials and black for any other household waste. Ah, but wait, it's not that simple!

We also have two boxes for food waste - one for keeping inside the house and one for emptying said inside box into on the outside. Special plastic bags supplied for the purpose.

I just love paying my Council Tax.

Foggles Fri 01-Feb-13 16:41:27

Yes - we have a large black bin for standard waste, a blue one for paper, a brown one for bottles and tins and a large green one for garden waste.

Blue & Black go out one week, Large Green & Brown the next.

We then have a midi green bin for food waste and a teeny green bin to put the food waste indoors. You then transfer it from the teeny green bin to the midi green bin.

However, if you want, you can put the food waste in the large green bin- ie. direct from teeny green bin to the large green bin and making the midi green bin redundant.

However some more, the midi green bin can be placed outside weekly but the large green bin can only go out fortnightly so you have to be on your toes.

All of this is documented on a sheet that the council provides us with. I ignore the sheet and just watch what the retired folk do because they always have it right. grin

chanie44 Sat 02-Feb-13 17:41:15

Gosh, I never realised that some local authorities charged. I assumed they were free. But them again, my local authority don't even provide you with compost able liners for your food recycling

bedmonster Sun 03-Feb-13 11:53:14

Actually Chanie, my mum told me yesterday that it was £75 to get her new bin! shock SEVENTY FIVE QUID!!!

mademred Sun 03-Feb-13 12:22:44

Somebody from the flats near us started filling our bin and the neighbours bin with their rubbish.nxt doors had a duvet, pillow and wallpaper among other stuff put in dh went thru the rubbish in ours and found meths bottles with the name on of whoever was filling our bins! Thick or wat! We don't know how long they had been using them we just thought we had more rubbish than we realised, and kept buying the councils sacks to put beside! As it is we have to rent the extra bin from the council at a cost of £40 per year! Some people are so cheeky.wish id have thought of it.

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Sun 03-Feb-13 14:18:50

Youcan buy locks for wheelie bins.

OkayHazel Sun 03-Feb-13 16:45:39

RedToothBrush All the bins in Salford are bright pink for this reason too!

Ah the joys of wheelie bin warfare.

When I still lived in my flat I found someone had put a shopping trolley filled with bricks in one of our communal ones.

brighthair Sun 03-Feb-13 19:08:57

I never know what bin is meant to go out when grin
Luckily my retired neighbours do and put mine out and bring it back in

oldraver Sun 03-Feb-13 19:36:28

Get your bin back on bin day and paint your numbers on the bottom by the wheels, where no one will usually see it, so if there is ever a dispute you can say this is mine

montage Sun 03-Feb-13 19:43:59

Do missing bins really travel to Ireland? That explains a lot.

In the part of Ireland I live in we have yearly bin charges of over 100 euro, and have to buy bin tags of at 8 euro every time we put out a black (actual rubbish) bin as well. They like to make you pay for things twice here.

Then we have to pay for a new bin if our bins go missing too.

I knew this had led to a black market trade in bin tags (people stealing other peoples tags) so black market bins are the next step i suppose.

montage Sun 03-Feb-13 19:45:14

Incidentally OP, I learnt on mumsnet that if you paint "JESUS LOVES YOU" on the bin, no-one nicks it grin

shutthebloodydoor Sun 03-Feb-13 20:46:51

Ha ha same happened to me in my old house!
I actually lived in a gated area and had to leave bin out side gate near other houses.

Went to pull bin back in when come back from work - not there.
Wandered around back of the other houses and there was MY bin with the numbers half assed scrapped off and new numbers put over!! - so i dragged back to mine.

Cue angry dressing gown woman banging on my door (why she knew the code to get in MY gated area i dont know) cigerette waving in hand telling me I have stolen HER bin. I casually pointed out it was mine and she hadnt even been bothered to scrap numbers of properly. There was a tense 30 seconds of staring out then she about turned and marched off! the fucking cheek of it!

How exciting bin wars!! grin

quietbatperson Sun 03-Feb-13 20:57:32

Montage! grin

Well done for Standing up to her.

We've had this too my childish bastard of a neighbour wrote his number on ours and his and then put manky milk cartons in the bottom of both. We took one back but it stinks to high heaven now. Still makes me angry

MariusEarlobe Mon 04-Feb-13 12:11:25

Well she moved out this morning so maybe I am really scary!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 04-Feb-13 12:15:19

Did she take your bin?

Bluemonkeyspots Mon 04-Feb-13 12:22:02

My lovely neighbours were given a new bin which dh accidentally pulled round our garden one bin day leaving our smelly old one further up the road.

They sent round their 3 rugby player sons to retrieve it and ask that the mix up did not happen again confused

I always thought they were normal up till that point, what is it about bins that sends everyone crazy?

EggsMichelle Mon 04-Feb-13 12:32:54

My neighbours had our bin for 6wks shock my DH went into their garden in the end to retrieve it... It was very full and very smelly!

Buzzardbird Mon 04-Feb-13 12:50:50

Gawd, reminds me of beach towel lottery on holiday where they fine you if you lose your towel so there is a constant theft of newbie towels when people head home.

stayed in some classy places me.

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