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How do people live in trash?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by SnoMan, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV

    Britain's Dirtiest Flat

    I found this article on a news/comment site and compared to what some people were posting in the comments this place is in fine shape.

    That's why I'm posting this here. Who here has known someone, had to deal with or actually lives like this?
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Unbelievable. I've seen some sloppy people, but this is ridiuclous.
  3. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    I have a good friend who was an EMT in Chicago, he definitely has some stories about being called out to houses that were packed with garbage and/or animals..ugh, I can be a slob but that's just NASTY.
  4. Used to be a dirty tinker woman who lived down the road from us.

    The floors were covered in news paper. She had lots of animals, and instead of clearing up, she just put more newspaper down. Thankfully she is long gone now, used to go about with a charity tin for "Cancer Research", used to see her opening it and taking money out to go get her dinner.

    Saw a program ages back which was pretty horrific. This guy was wrapping all his turds in news paper and stacking them in the spare room. And he filled drinks bottles with urine. He was evicted when it all started seeping through his floor into the flat below :sick:
  5. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    I was eating as I read this!!!!!!
  6. Lorenzini


    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Horrible! How someone can live in that state is well beyond my comprehension.

    This is a scenario where 'well, if it makes him happy!' just cannot be used. Because that kind of person is not happy...
  7. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    It's a disease. Rat packing. I'm not sure what the disease is, but these people are f'd in the head. You know the saying one man's trash is another man's treasure? They view all this trash as treasure. My sister in-law has this problem, and so does my father-in-law to some extent. It's so bad that they'll buy something, it will get buried with crap, and then they'll buy it again, over and over and over until you discover that there's like twenty of the same thing. My wife and I went to Tokyo to visit my sister in law and the first day and a half there, we spent cleaning up her apartment. Just the living space, we didn't even go into the bedroom. My wife advised me against it. All that crap ended up making me sick for the next few days of our trip.
  8. TallLankyBastyd


    Jan 31, 2007
    It's called "mental illness"...

    ...as real an affliction as all of our dependency on TalkBass for a life.


    Hmmmm... I wonder how many turd-wraps I can stack in that hall closet?!?

  9. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    It's definitely some sort of disorder no doubt about it. I think there is actually a medical term for it as well as therapy.
  10. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    I'm seeing it being called Compulsive Hoarding in several places (Quick Wiki source).

    I prefer that over pack rats because when I think of pack rats I just think of them as having lots of random stuff. Whereas the compulsive hoarders fail to discard waste as well.
  11. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Ew ew.
  12. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Yeah. That's pretty accurate. Thanks for the links. I actually just sent them to my wife.
  13. Ericman197


    Feb 23, 2004
    Anyone here a goon (member of SomethingAwful forums)? We had a thread where people posted pictures of their rooms, and we've seriously had at least half a dozen worse than that link. Britain needs to step up. I bet a true American slob could put away 1000 takeaway cartons in a few months, not two years. Hell, I could have made my room look worse than that in 6 months tops back in high school if my mom didn't nag at me to clean up.
  14. jady


    Jul 21, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    My old roommate had so much crap (garbage, clothes, porn mags) in his room that he literally needed to climb over it to get to his bed. The level of crap in his room was an even height with the bed.

  15. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV

    I actually found the article on fark.com. The pictures and stories there were pretty good.

    Of course, collecting your own poop is right up there with the best of them.
  16. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I had a call quite a few years ago to check on a guy who hadn't been seen in about a week. Of course, half of these calls, the guy just went on vacation, and the other half, the guy is inside dead and rotting. This was one of the latter.

    I've never seen anything like it before or since. The putrifying dead guy was the LEAST nasty thing in the trailer. The entire floor of the kitchen and living room were covered by FOUR FEET of Wendy's bags. This guy apparently had every meal for many years out of the Wendy's drive thru. There was a path through the bags from the front door, to a recliner (where dead guy was sitting). There was a path between the recliner and the TV. There was a path from the TV to the bathroom, which obviously didn't have running water, because there were many five gallon buckets full of poo in there. There was one more path to a bedroom. The rest of the trailer was wendy's bags...in some places up to the ceiling.

    The smell was indescribable.
  17. Eww. I thought that ashtray sink was a pile of maggots. Still extremely disgusting. It is a shame people have to deal with such an illness.
  18. DudeistMonk


    Apr 13, 2008
    Newark, NJ
    I've been in some nasty apartments throughout my college experience...Indescribable sinks filled with stuff to the brim and crazy multicolored water and little chunks of rotten meat floating around. I was also an EMT for a summer and I saw some crap holes but far worse than all the crap holes where the crap hole nursing homes. every inch of this one place always smelled like lysol/tobacco/poop/vomit, and it was hot...the smell just stuck to you.

    At times in college my room was pretty bad...Laundry everywhere...Oatmeal crusted CD-R container (I ran out of bowls)...ext.

    However when I was expecting female company I made the place look like 5 star hotel, and it usually only took about 45 minutes of throwing crap out and picking up laundry.
  19. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I've seen this sorta thing with a fair degree of frequency.

    Typically it's the same people who have problems with other compulsion issues... The same lonely middle age recluse who gets the five items from QVC on a daily basis is usually the one who can't open her door completely because of the stacks of garbage lining her living quarters.

    Ya see a lot of lives that otherwise go unnoticed as a professional doorbell ringer.:meh:
  20. selfblessed


    Dec 29, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah thats gross.

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