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To think people on Freecycle should at least try and be polite

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NikkiLaLa Sun 21-Apr-13 18:42:40

Just that really! I am giving them something for nothing and some (most) of them are downright rude.

I agreed for one woman to have two things I was offering and then cancelled because she couldn't be bothered to say please or thank you! Just had a lovely couple come around who were really nice so they definitely deserved them more than the rude cow!

StuffezLaYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 18:44:25

This pisses me off too. Why do they think "I'll have this can collect tomorrow 6am" will get them the item?

prophylaxis Sun 21-Apr-13 18:45:44

Actually I think everyone should try to be polite, not just people on freecycle.

Perhaps freecycle just attracts a disproportionate number of rude arseholes due to it being a source of "free stuff".

Skellig Sun 21-Apr-13 18:46:45

YANBU. This is a pet hate of mine and dh. We regularly offer things on freecycle and get some spectacularly rude and grabby requests in response. We now have a policy that we just ignore the rude ones. No shows are also a huge bugbear - next time it happens we are going to name and shame!

Naysa Sun 21-Apr-13 18:47:58

They think they're doing you a favour by taking things they want off your hands for free hmm

Gawwd you shoould be grateful hmm grin

Cosmosim Sun 21-Apr-13 18:48:33

Why do people who give away unwanted stuff / crap expect a gratitude contest? I'm just happy someone is willing to schlep to mine to take whatever i can't be bothered to sell off my hands so I don't have to pay someone to bin it.

NikkiLaLa Sun 21-Apr-13 18:49:24

Glad it isn't just me I thought I was being over sensitive! Freecycle haven't posted my "taken" message yet so just had a man asking about the pushchair I offered and his entire message was "postcode please for collection"!

StuffezLaYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 18:51:33

I would never give away "crap" on freecycle and don't expect feet-kissing gratitude. Just a little politeness.

Snog Sun 21-Apr-13 18:51:55

Cosmosim if it's crap you are getting rid of then yes the giver should thank the recipient.
If it's perfectly good and desirable items with a market value then I think the recipient should thank the giver.
Largely on freecycle it's the latter.

StuffezLaYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 18:52:32

What an extremely rude message... I assume you didn't give him the pushchair?!

MintyyAeroEgg Sun 21-Apr-13 18:52:40

Yanbu! People can be astonishingly ignorant.

kotinka Sun 21-Apr-13 18:54:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Skellig Sun 21-Apr-13 18:56:41

We also get annoyed by people requesting high value items - usually in a rude way, too. We've had requests/demands for cars, play stations and X-boxes on our local group.

ItsYoniYappy Sun 21-Apr-13 18:57:51

I'm a moderator for freecycle, it is the worst volunteering job ever, everyone is rude. I am only doing until they find someone else for my area, I have done it for over a year now and never ever had one. Thank you
.. if that! Shittiest volunteering job ever imo

ophelia275 Sun 21-Apr-13 18:58:44

I've stopped giving to people on Freecycle and Gumtree and now only give to charity shops.

I had so many no-shows, so much extreme cheekiness and rudeness. A depressing reflection of the entitlement culture that is so prevalent today.

NikkiLaLa Sun 21-Apr-13 18:59:31

Cosmosim I don't want them to be eternally grateful I just think a please or thank you wouldn't go amiss. I generally take "crap" to the tip it's just stuff that I can't be bothered to sell but feel is too good for the bin I put on FC.

Stuffez no he most definitely did not get the pushchair, he didn't even get a "sorry it's taken" message!

ReluctantlyBeingYoniMassaged Sun 21-Apr-13 19:03:48


Nikki, I have had messages like that before. I reply with something along the lines of 'I will give my address to the person I offer it to'.

pigletmania Sun 21-Apr-13 19:06:06

Yanbu it seems tat free cycle attracts mostly the rude freeloaders. I wanted to give away dc old baby stuff, so just put a status on Facebook stating what was to giveaway and what location I was, instead I gave them away to a couple of friends who were expecting and they were very thankful. The rest left will be given to charity shop another friend works in. Cosmosin it Takes nothing for a simple please and thank you and to be polite

Viviennemary Sun 21-Apr-13 19:08:48

I don't like freecycle. I am a bit suspcious of it. I'd rather give my unwanted stuff to a charity.

pigletmania Sun 21-Apr-13 19:09:04

You are giving them good stuff so that tey don't have to fork out, yes definitely politeness is the least they could do

pigletmania Sun 21-Apr-13 19:10:25

So I Facebook my stuff and gave them to people I know instead of some rude(not all) strangers

Plomino Sun 21-Apr-13 19:11:38

My local one had a request that made me laugh out of sheer disbelief not. that long ago . Wanted , working fridge , freezer , washing machine AND dishwasher . No crap . To be delivered .

Cannot imagine that they got any replies !

pigletmania Sun 21-Apr-13 19:13:31

Plomino that is exactly what I mean, could not even be arsed to collect himself

HolyMackerel Sun 21-Apr-13 19:13:52


I also use Freecycle and in the past month or so have had: "text me ur full address", "I want this give me your number". Why would I give my personal details to someone so rude?

I only give to those with more polite responses, and don't even reply to the rude ones.

kotinka Sun 21-Apr-13 19:14:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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