Stop the presses: Inner city house has surplus cockroaches

If you don’t know about Freecycle, you’re missing out on a very good thing. It’s a transnational ‘grassroots movement’ of people giving stuff away (and getting stuff). Instead of putting useful bibs and bobs  you no longer need out on the verge to be collected by canny passers-by, or canvassing friends to see if anyone wants the chair that doesn’t fit in your living room any more, or selling the superseded TV on eBay for a nugatory sum, you advertise them on your local Freecycle list and someone interesting comes and takes them off your hands. It costs nothing, and is remarkably undemanding. When a small business I know was closing down an office, it gave away book cases, a television set, large pieces of furniture, computers, to recipients including a family whose house had burned down and a school that was struggling to  make ends meet. Someone put up a message saying they needed compost: we happily gave them a couple of buckets from our plentiful supply (and the recipient turned out to be someone I last saw when she was two years old, the daughter of a close friend’s partner at the time). The Freecycle website’s catchphrase is, ‘Changing the world, one gift at a time.’

Today must be some kind of landmark case of one person’s junk being another’s treasure. I received an email with the subject line ‘[freecycle_sc] OFFER: Annandale – Live cockroaches.’ He wasn’t kidding:

Anyone who keeps a pet lizard knows that roaches are expensive to buy at petshops, and that many you might catch yourself are likely to be contaminated with insecticide and harm your reptile.
My house has not had insecticides used in it for at least a dozen years, and my roaches are healthy and safe. I’m offering to catch them on a weekly basis and have them available for collection.
best phone to catch me on is xxxx xxxx Thurs Friday or Monday.

See, you don’t know what you’re missing.

4 responses to “Stop the presses: Inner city house has surplus cockroaches

  1. Heh heh,

    No indeed Jonathan I wasn’t kidding!

    Thanks for your landmarking sense of humour!

  2. How excellent that my two separate friends in North Annandale have connected with each other through cockroach non-commerce.
    Before discovering this via the comments page I was going to say that ‘free compost’ does seem to draw a nice crowd. I met a couple of lovely neighbours the other day around a pile of giveaway mulch. (I was also going to say ‘free live cockroaches, GROSS’, but I won’t now LOL)

  3. I think we could offer ”free evening lizard sitting” as an option to reptile lovers.

    Lizard owners could bring their pets round to our kitchen, release them for the evening to graze at leisure on our home-grown, juicy, poison-free cockies, then collect the reptiles in the morning before we get up and pad across the floor in bare feet to make the coffee.

  4. shawjonathan

    I can just see someone making big money by offering an online cockroach-lizard matchmaking service

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