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Would you steal sand from the beach? (Lighthearted)

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sunseaandme · 29/05/2023 08:26

We need some sand for these weight things we got to attach to the legs of our gazebo. Apparently they come empty so you need something to fill them with. I suggested going to the local beach and using sand from there rather than the further expense of buying sand or something else.. DH says no we can't do that as it's illegal to steal sand , which according to google is technically true, but still, is it really that big of a deal? Does anyone care? Would a police officer really arrest me for stealing some sand? ๐Ÿ˜† (as title says this is lighthearted)

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JandalsAlways · 29/05/2023 08:29

You should just buy it from a store. If everyone did that the beach would be pretty crappy. Not to mention many places need to import (and pay) for sand. You're basically ruining your own environment ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

ReeseWitherfork · 29/05/2023 08:29

Can you just go to the beach for a few hours? Youโ€™ll come back with enough sand in every nook and cranny to fill plenty of weights I reckon.

This is the sort of thing I get very panicky about doing because I like to follow rules, and DH thinks Iโ€™m nuts.

LotsOfBalloons · 29/05/2023 08:29

No really don't.

Imagine if everyone did?!

Just get a bag of soemthing from your local "Range" or B and Q etc.

ItsAllGoneToHellAgain · 29/05/2023 08:29

It would be far easier to buy bags of play sand so no, I wouldnโ€™t go to the bother of driving to a beach, parking, shovelling heavy sand in a bucket, lugging it back to the car, getting sand in the car off the shovel, lugging it out the other end.

RainBow725 · 29/05/2023 08:30

Just use water!

LotsOfBalloons · 29/05/2023 08:31

Also - do you often decide whether to do something illegal based on whether you'd get caught? Steal from a shop with few assistants, not pay a bill at a busy restaurant, etc? "Will there be policemen on the beach" seems a really strange way of looking at it.

peacelemon · 29/05/2023 08:31

It's not lighthearted. Leave the beach where it is. Leave only footprints, take only photos and memories

BigFloppa · 29/05/2023 08:32

The sand you get for kids sand pits is so cheap that it's not even worth going to the beach to get it! They sell it in the local ยฃ1 shop here.

Cosycover · 29/05/2023 08:32

I recently got a ton of sand delivered for a tenner so YABU

FatAgainItsLettuceTime · 29/05/2023 08:32

A bag of playsand is about ยฃ3, comes neatly packaged and will be just about perfect size. Snip a corner and pour straight into the weight, no need to shovel into a funnel or whatever to get it into the hole.

KnickerlessParsons · 29/05/2023 08:33

Use water. All sand has had to come from somewhere that needs it more than your gazebo.

baddecisions11 · 29/05/2023 08:33

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Casilero · 29/05/2023 08:34

ReeseWitherfork · 29/05/2023 08:29

Can you just go to the beach for a few hours? Youโ€™ll come back with enough sand in every nook and cranny to fill plenty of weights I reckon.

This is the sort of thing I get very panicky about doing because I like to follow rules, and DH thinks Iโ€™m nuts.

Was gonna say exactly the same thing!

Every time I go to the beach, I seem to come back with loads of unwanted "stolen" sand.

baddecisions11 · 29/05/2023 08:34

LotsOfBalloons · 29/05/2023 08:31

Also - do you often decide whether to do something illegal based on whether you'd get caught? Steal from a shop with few assistants, not pay a bill at a busy restaurant, etc? "Will there be policemen on the beach" seems a really strange way of looking at it.

It's a lighthearted thread, im not actually going to go to the beach either way i was just interested in peoples views . Chill out ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

peacelemon · 29/05/2023 08:35

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It's not though. It's a real serious problem.

CharlottenBurger · 29/05/2023 08:35

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Doesn't 'I bet you're fun at parties' translate to 'I'm a flippant airhead who was called out on it'?

peacelemon · 29/05/2023 08:36

baddecisions11 · 29/05/2023 08:34

It's a lighthearted thread, im not actually going to go to the beach either way i was just interested in peoples views . Chill out ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Are you OP?

ExhaustedAlready · 29/05/2023 08:36

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I hate this expressions.

Like she's a killjoy because she wouldn't steal a natural resource that's meant for everybody to enjoy when there's a cheap, convenient, manufactured version for situations like this.

What's that got to do with her ability to have fun?

Taking sand from the beach is scummy.

DrHousecuredme · 29/05/2023 08:36

I'm a complete rule follower so I wouldn't be able to do this ๐Ÿ˜†
I don't think I'd judge somebody else for it particularly but as pp say, play sand is cheap, easily available and cleaner so stealing it from the beach does seem like unnecessary hassle.

sunseaandme · 29/05/2023 08:37

But by lighthearted I meant it's just for fun, I'm not actually going to go to the beach! It's just a discussion, calm down! Why do you feel so strongly about sand anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚

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peacelemon · 29/05/2023 08:37

ExhaustedAlready · 29/05/2023 08:36

I hate this expressions.

Like she's a killjoy because she wouldn't steal a natural resource that's meant for everybody to enjoy when there's a cheap, convenient, manufactured version for situations like this.

What's that got to do with her ability to have fun?

Taking sand from the beach is scummy.

Thank you. I really dislike people that minimise a serious issue as "lighthearted" and then expect people not to speak up.

ExhaustedAlready · 29/05/2023 08:37

sunseaandme · 29/05/2023 08:37

But by lighthearted I meant it's just for fun, I'm not actually going to go to the beach! It's just a discussion, calm down! Why do you feel so strongly about sand anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚

You're the one that took the time to start a post about it ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚

LotsOfBalloons · 29/05/2023 08:37

How is "I'm thinking of doing something that's illegal and would damage the environment" a lighthearted thread? Maybe you don't see that?

peacelemon · 29/05/2023 08:38

sunseaandme · 29/05/2023 08:37

But by lighthearted I meant it's just for fun, I'm not actually going to go to the beach! It's just a discussion, calm down! Why do you feel so strongly about sand anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚

Why do you care so little about the fragile ecosystem of our beaches?

MinnieMountain · 29/05/2023 08:38

You asked for opinions, people are giving them.
I grew up in a costal national park. The leave nothing but footprints thing was drummed into us.

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