Who needs food when you have a flatscreen?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ditch witch, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    Since I'm out of a steady paycheck ATM, I've been taking odd jobs to bring in extra cash. A few days ago I spotted an ad on one of the "For Sale in URTOWN" Facebook pages, someone looking for a dog sitter. I responded, because I love dogs and dog sitting is easy cash. The family has three Boxers, and one has separation anxiety. They wanted someone to hang out at the house while they went to town or the lake once in a while, so that one dog wouldn't tear the house apart.

    In my youth I actually ran a pet sitting service, and really enjoyed it. The clients are typically middle to upper class, the homes are nice, and the dogs are ... well horribly spoiled but still fun to play with. Based on past experience, I had this family pegged as middle class.

    Imagine my shock when I pulled up to a beat to crap single wide with holes in the walls and windows held in place with duct tape. The deck threatens to collapse under my every step, and there's a hole in the floor as I enter the front door. The ceiling is heavily water stained, the walls are filthy (as is every other surface in the house), and thanks to the heavily drooling dogs, every surface is covered in crusty drool. The dad is fat. The mom is morbidly obese, as is their son. The daughter looks like she'll follow in mom's footsteps soon enough.

    Oh well. It's cash.

    I looked in the fridge, hoping for a coke. I saw beer, Big Red, and some questionable looking baloney. Half a loaf of bread. A box of pancake mix. No other food evident in the house, although the trash can was overflowing with McDonalds and Taco Bell bags (which explains why they're all so fat). The place was disgusting and it had that white trash stink, a weird mix of Dollar Store air freshener, cheap cigarettes, and mildew. The dogs took up every inch of the drool soaked couches without any argument from me. I wouldn't have sat on those things with someone else's butt. There were holes in the floor everywhere, including one in the bathroom that they just threw a bathmat over and called it good. I only found it because I stepped on the mat and nearly fell through the floor.

    And yet, despite the filth and despair that surrounded me on every front, there in the corner of the living room was a 55" frikkin flatscreen TV, with the top tier Dish Network package piped in. HD TV, of course. Beneath it, a Wii, and 42 games to go with it. On the dining room table, not one but TWO laptops. In the bedroom off the living room (I didn't go in, but the door was missing off the hinges so I could see through) was yet another massive flatscreen.

    Did I mention they had a boat? Yeah, they were taking it to the lake today.

    WTF? For the cost of one of those laptops, they could have bought cleaning supplies and some paint and at least made that dump presentable. For the cost of the other, enough plywood to fix the floors, and groceries as well. Of course, that would never cross their minds, not as long as they have 500 channels to watch. Gah. People like that make me WANT a SHTF event to happen.

    My husband doesn't want me to go back, but it IS easy money so I probably will. Next time though, I'm taking a can of Lysol and a blanket to put between me and whatever I sit on.
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  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Monkey++

    Take a big trash bag to put under the blanket, so you do not ruin the blanket.

    I have met/known people like that, makes me think just how much the gene pool needs chlorine.
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  3. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Better yet, take a lawn chair and hang out in the yard while playing with the dog.
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  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I love reading stories like this. :cool:
  5. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    White Trailer Trash. ............ does anything else really need to be said. Oh, I apologize to the trailer industry and anyone who owns one and has some common sense about cleanliness and financial priorities.
  6. wrc223

    wrc223 Monkey+

    Maybe to them their financial priorities are right where they want them. Craphole of a home but have plenty of TV, fast food, and a boat. Not my idea of correct prioritization of funds but as long as it doesnt adversely effect my family or me, who cares?
    SHTF and they will quickly become landfill, then you can take their boat and use it how you need it.
  7. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    still, just white trailer trash. i don't care one way or another if they choose to improve their lot in life as long as it does not impact me in the form of greater taxes. i agree individuals have the right to waste their miserable lives most anyway they want.
  8. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    To bad for the children though. The have started out with an immidiate disadvantge- thier parents!!
  9. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    I know there are millions of people just like them all over the country, but being in that hovel really drove home the situation. Shut off that TV, and suddenly the only thing they care about is gone. They'll look around their craphole and realize just how worthless their existence really is, and of course it's condition won't be *their* fault. That's when we'll see greasy haired Hell begin to roll, clad in an undersized tank top and stained knit pants with "PORN STAR" stretched taunt across it's heaving ass.

    I better stock up on some more popcorn...
  10. Illini Warrior

    Illini Warrior Illini Warrior

    I feel sorry for the dogs .....
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  11. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Hey ...Stop making fun of my trailer...!!!!

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  12. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    Gator I took out the axles and cut off the tongue and now instead of a trailer with a lean too I gots me a mansion and a guest suite!
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  13. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    If I posted pictures inside and outside of the ancient 27 ft x 7.5 ft x 7.5 ft pull behind trailer that is parked in one bay of the carport of my under construction new house that I am camped out in, y'all would laugh your asses off. I am however now mortgage free on my entire 20 acres with 2 houses. One rented and one under construction. With the mortgage recently paid off I expect to make considerable progress on finishing the new house.
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  14. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    We live in a POS mobile too, but our priorities are the basics like food/water/electricity. We don't have TV anymore because a couple years ago, it was either get it shut off or the electricity. Even if I had the money, I don't want one of those huge TVs. One about 19" is good enough for me. We have video games, both consoles(playstation 2 and original nes) we got for free. I might be getting a job soon which will allow us to get TV again and do some repairs and such. I don't want to get TV again until election year is over though, because I'd probably end up breaking the TV because I finally threw something at it that was too heavy.
  15. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    My first place was a POS singlewide with holes in the floor and eight generations of mice living in the heater ducts. What little furniture I had came from thrift stores or sitting next to dumpsters. First order of business was painting the walls. I put matching blankets over the ugly couches and painted the hodgepodge tables and chairs. I didn't have a TV until I found one at a garage sale for $25, and then I only watched what I could pick up with a few foil wrapped coat hangers. It was sad and shabby, but it was clean and I wasn't ashamed for people to come over.

    There's no shame in being poor, but choosing to wallow in filth while watching Jersey Shore on your $1500 TV while your kids survive on Orange Crush and dollar menu cheeseburgers is just wacked. Makes me sad for this country, knowing this family is everywhere.
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  16. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    You can take the trash out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the trash. Hope I got that quote right.
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  17. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    My house is still furnished in the Early American Garage Sale style!
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  18. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    I thought the white the trash smell was Brute cologne, tri-dent gum mixed with Miller beer (MGD) and Slim-Jim. (lol)

    People like that bother me too, while the rest of us slave to make a life and have a few nice things these people get it from a Goverment check and probally have never worked a day. They live day by day waiting for the first and 3rd of every month, I have neighbors like that a few months ago the state of WV sent them a $2500.00 check to buy new furniture for the HUD house the live in and then in May sent them $1500.00 to buy new clothes for the job they don't have. Also in Dec. gave them $3500.00 to help buy a car to get to work at the job they didn't get because they failed the drug test. Plus none of this counts as the $1400.00 they get each month to raise kids and trade fo the drugs they need. Evrey morning I leave the house if one of them is out and speaks to me. I just tell them can't talk, I have to get to work to make sure the Sate can send your check this month. Most of them don't speak any more and goes in the house when they see me a couple still speaks. I know it's wrong but I just cant wait til the day I have enough to go in and kick the door down and drag them to jail.
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  19. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    Hey plus they can't repo it and got enough for a case of beer and some gas money for the scrap metal of the axles and tounge down at the salvage yard.(lol)
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  20. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    When I was just out of college, my Partner and I furnished a three Story House, from a place in Seattle's University District, named Hardwick's SwapShop.... that place thrived, on supplying college students with used Furniture, Cooking Stuff, Glassware, Tools, and everything that one needed to live as cheaply as possible, in anything from a Room, Apartment, House, or whatever... A couch was like $20US... Bed Frame & Mattress $25US... Cooking Pots & Pans, Plates, Glassware, Utensils, and everything else. The really nice thing was, they would buy everything back for $.50 on the dollar, at the end of the Semester, if you were leaving. We spent $250US for the whole house. Found 9 Roommates, and were set for a year. Interesting enough, the place still exists, and still is making it, after 40+ years of business. Prices are a bit higher now. (Inflation) They still outfit college folks, with usable furniture, that many would call Trailer Trash. One Man's Trash, maybe another Mans Gold....
    Yep, and when we sold that house, Hardwick's bought all the furnishings back.... ..... YMMV....
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