r/HumansBeingBros Jan 26 '22 Helpful 11 Wholesome 15 Silver 6

Saw these handmade hats and mittens in my local park when walking the dog. Very proud of my city

https://imgur.com/MUYPfNl
31.6k Upvotes

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u/LucPlayer24 Jan 26 '22 Silver

We have something similar in Berlin since the pandemic started. We call them "Gabenzaun" (Gift fence), and there are boxes where people can put clothes, hygiene products ecc. It started out of fear that homeless people might not be able to get these thing, bc of the lockdown. They stayed and hopefully will stay even after we're over. Many are nicely decorated and kept clean, like the one on Schloßstraße .

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u/unsteadywhistle Jan 27 '22

In my area, many of the Little Free Library boxes were expanded to add food & other personal care items. Though these are more independently run by privately by individuals or small groups.

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u/Ultimike123 Jan 27 '22

Theres one near where I live that's been vandalized twice (doors ripped off the hinges). now theres just a curtain keeping the rain out. kinda infuriating.

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u/UrsusRenata Jan 27 '22

As the builder/maintainer of a LFL, I will tell you what’s infuriating: when neighbors bitch about things like this but don’t lift a finger to help, watch, rebuild. Time and costs are required for this community service.

I built a very nice LFL area to the side of my business because it sits next door to a number of low income apartments. It’s fulfilling to see the little kids sitting in the trees reading books rather than running around the buildings potentially getting hurt. But I’ve had to rebuild our door several times after having rocks thrown through it or hinges yanked out. Finally, I ordered core oak and shatterproof acrylic, to build what I hoped would be a forever door. In the mean time, I tried to protect the opening with plastic corrugated panels and plastic sheeting. It often disappeared, and the books would be exposed until I could drop everything and get back out there. I’d get nasty little post-it notes about taking care of it, and several times neighbors would walk by without stopping saying, “Are you ever going to fix that.”

But did ANYONE offer to help me rebuild, protect, organize, donate? Being neighborly is a two way street.

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u/kurotech Jan 27 '22

We had one someone at our old apartment complex set up the new management tore it down books food and all a week after they bought the place

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u/Regular_Piccolo7980 Jan 27 '22

After the first lock down I put all my canned goods in one of those and whatever else that could be eaten with little to no prep. I love those things 😍

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u/booobsandwine Jan 27 '22

In Toronto we have community fridges. Dry goods only. Fruits and vegetables and bread products. No leftovers allowed. Great offerings for those lower income and homeless. Never vandalised. Community Fridges TOronto

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u/thomport Jan 27 '22

That’s so sweet actually.

If people could take care of each other without government interference, the world would be a much better place.

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u/EverGreen2004 Jan 27 '22

In dire situations, things like this kind of automatically happen! As the pandemic worsened, a lot of people in my country went jobless or were on the brink of starvation. So a white flag movement started where those in need only need to put up a white flag outside their homes to indicate they need help. It gained popularity really quickly as it was completely done without government help.

I remember everyone flaming the government for using the movement hashtag (translated as "we help ourselves") on a social media post since you didn't help us before, so why pretend you're involved now?

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u/prollymarlee Jan 27 '22

dumb little me getting excited when i recognize german words !! thanks duolingo

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u/Varniepoos Jan 27 '22

We had something similar in my (normally civil) neighbourhood at the start of the pandemic, but for books - so you'd take one and replace one. It started off really well, then soon people started dumping rubbish in the box - old magazines from the 80s and basically any old thing they'd found in their attic that week. Eventually the lid on the box wouldn't close because of the amount of crap people were dumping, and of course with British weather it soon rained and everything in the box got soaked and ruined thanks to those people. It was quickly removed and I was so gutted!

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u/Nicktastic6 Jan 26 '22

When I was younger in my career, I was the director of an inpatient Intensive Residential Treatment Program for teenagers that were too unsafe to themselves to live in the general public. We would do this every winter.

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u/KnewItWouldHappen Jan 26 '22

Thank you for doing such important work!

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u/hilarymeggin Jan 27 '22

What do you do in your career now?

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u/ONOMATOPOElA Jan 27 '22

Coach for dog fights.

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u/derps_with_ducks Jan 27 '22

Am dog, can confirm, was coached.

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u/TankConcrete Jan 26 '22

Couple of years ago I was trick-or-treating with my youngest child. One house was handing out knitted hats and mittens to anyone who needed them.

Best Halloween present I’ve seen.

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u/whskid2005 Jan 26 '22

That reminds me- I had a neighbor who gave out books for Halloween one year because her husband had passed away and he had been a librarian. He also taught literacy during his retirement as a volunteer.

Some people are good through and through

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u/et842rhhs Jan 27 '22

What a beautiful way to honor his memory.

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u/KnewItWouldHappen Jan 26 '22

If they made those themselves, that's so much work, holy

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u/TankConcrete Jan 26 '22

Oh, yeah the little old lady made all of them. She was incredibly sweet!

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u/AirOps1982 Jan 26 '22

The little old lady in my neighborhood (late 1960's) would also make sock monkeys for the kids in the summer. She was also incredibly sweet (retired first grade teacher). She made me a better person.

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u/lowlightliving Jan 26 '22

It can be difficult to find a purpose in the late years of one’s life like finding reasons to take on creative projects. It’s rewarding to do and have useful work, particularly when shut-in. Win-win.

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u/Squirrel_Inner Jan 27 '22

When I worked apartment maintenance I used to stop and talk to an elderly lady when she was out in her porch while I came by picking up trash. One day she gave me a hat she had knit for me and I still wear it every year.

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u/Mystical_Cat Jan 27 '22

I love this! Where?

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u/KnewItWouldHappen Jan 27 '22

This is London Ontario!

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u/[deleted] Jan 27 '22

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u/owlzitty Jan 27 '22

hi from Buffalo 🦬

we <3 our neighbors to the north

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u/TX_Pete Jan 27 '22

Fuckin 🤮

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u/[deleted] Jan 27 '22

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u/TX_Pete Jan 27 '22

😢Thats not the friendly spirit yall pat yourselves on the back all day about

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u/[deleted] Jan 27 '22

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u/TX_Pete Jan 27 '22 edited Jan 27 '22

I was referring to your soppy pariotism. But its fact that Texas is better than Canada.

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u/logicdsign Jan 27 '22

Is your power on right now, guy?

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u/owlzitty Jan 27 '22

Give me liberty or give me death (via power grid failure) 👊😤

yee-thaw

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u/[deleted] Jan 27 '22

Texas is the biggest shit hole in the US.

That’s why we love it.

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u/KnewItWouldHappen Jan 27 '22

We may have a high bar for manners but that doesn't mean we take shit talk just sitting down

You're a goof bud

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u/TX_Pete Jan 27 '22

Shove your mittens up your ass, guy.

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u/owlzitty Jan 27 '22

Who would win?

State power grid (extra proud)

vs

One cold boi

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u/introusers1979 Jan 27 '22

How did I know this was gonna be Canada?

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u/Cunts_and_more Jan 27 '22

Ive been playing animal crossing a lot and I randomly made it to one of those treasure islands and left with like 100 million bells. My favorite thing to do now is post my dodo code and give away millions at a time.

I wish I could stuff like that in real life as this person does in real life with their hats.

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u/LemonBomb Jan 27 '22

Animal crosser and knitter myself, you can do this if you want for relatively cheap. If you feel safe doing so, you can but thrifted yarn and crocheting or knitting supplies for quite cheap and pick up a new hobby. If you have some extra time you can also look for sweaters at the thrift store made from expensive materials that are sold for like a few dollars a sweater and reuse the yarn.

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u/Cunts_and_more Jan 27 '22

Focussing on relearning how to walk right now, but perhaps after. Would like to help people more.

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u/spooky_ed Jan 26 '22

Gestures like this seem so simple yet they go so far. No one deserves to be freezing out in the cold.

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u/[deleted] Jan 26 '22

Every winter, the bare limbs of the trees in one downtown area of our city are dripping with colourful knit scarves and mittens. I think they were initially left out for the homeless but i think now supply outweighs demand.

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u/JazziTazzi Jan 26 '22

Makes me so happy that people are actually doing something to help others!

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u/discodiscgod Jan 27 '22

Well, at least one person is.

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u/YoimAgod Jan 27 '22

This is how you treat the homeless, not spiked benches and thick armrests on seats.

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u/DUBIOUS_OBLIVION Jan 27 '22

The mittens are handmade but the hats are headmade.

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u/eeyoremarie Jan 27 '22

I do this with my kids! I live in Colorado, I make beanies and scarves... we take a random bus get off/on and leave things along the route, with a little note that says, "not lost, please take me if you need me"

Every so often a kid will tell me... "I saw a beanie/scarf today". We get very glad about it!

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u/nomadofwaves Jan 27 '22

“Damnit, Hermoine!!”

-Ron

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u/gonnadiesoon69 Jan 26 '22

For a second I thought it was a bag if poop

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u/lonely-blue-sheep Jan 27 '22

I thought so too!

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u/Confusedoaktree Jan 27 '22

Same, you're not alone

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u/insomniactastic Jan 26 '22

I put on for my city

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u/[deleted] Jan 26 '22

That song takes me back to the days of PS3, when so many games had that damn song. 😂

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u/Account394 Jan 27 '22

Very proud of someone’s grandma*

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u/Rick___ Jan 27 '22

We’ve got a similar thing in my area (Long Island, NY), except instead of hats and mittens, it’s nearly getting run over by a dude who ripped the muffler off his audi and speeds through residential areas.

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u/Mamadog5 Jan 27 '22

knitters gotta knit!

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u/birdie9th Jan 27 '22

I just saw this on the news!

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u/BlueLarkspur_1929 Jan 27 '22

There is a knitter in Morristown NJ that calls themself the Fiber Fairy. They leave hats and scarves all over the town statues in the winter for anyone who needs it. This has been going on for many years.

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u/[deleted] Jan 27 '22

I really thought someone was freezing steak outdoors.

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u/mcm0313 Jan 27 '22

Proud, but given your username, probably not surprised.

This should be a thing in every city and town, by the way. Such a simple and direct way to show care for your fellow humans.

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u/LetMeBeWhiteNextLif9 Jan 27 '22

City? That credit should go to that single person.

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u/rwallac1 Jan 27 '22

In my city, people hang dog poop bags from fences so they don’t have to carry them or throw them away

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u/FeistyNature Jan 27 '22

This is heart, hand, and head warming.

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u/BinJogWeeHeels Jan 27 '22

In my city we have broken glass instead

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u/RedDecay Jan 27 '22

Man I almost thought someone was hanging livers for a sec.

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u/NachoBabyDaddy Jan 27 '22

They were planted by the government and equipped with 5g routers

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u/NoDoze- Jan 27 '22

What makes you think the city put them there?

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u/Dangerous_Air_7031 Jan 26 '22

What city is that?

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u/blackranger39 Jan 26 '22

London On.

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u/blackranger39 Jan 26 '22

Proud of OEV in particular.

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u/Axthen Jan 26 '22

I love this, but I dislike the sentiment of “my city”.

One person did this, with no funding or recognition. They did it out of the goodness of their heart.

Thank your neighbor, not your city. Your city isn’t the one doing this; it’s your neighbor. “My city” also has a weird piggy-back implication, where you’re “a good person too just for being in the city”.

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u/KnewItWouldHappen Jan 27 '22

I see your point, perhaps i should have said "i love my neighbourhood"

But there have been tragedies here in the past, and thousands in the city pulled together to help in the wake of thise tragedies. I'm still very proud of the people here

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u/New_Court_6011 Jan 27 '22

Why do you have to ruin a good post with your bullshit?

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u/Unconfidence Jan 27 '22

My boss would legit go take all these then you'd see a new listing for "assorted hand-knit winter hats" on Amazon that never, ever sold because nobody's going to buy it, and they'd sit on her shelf wasting her money and not making anybody warm.

Capitalism.

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u/tekjunky75 Jan 27 '22

I get people like making things, but in this case the money would be better spent buying hats and gloves instead - yarn is so expensive, that what you spend on making one cap, could be used to purchase 5 or more

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u/Mizzou1976 Jan 27 '22

For knitters, the cost is beside the point.

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u/tekjunky75 Jan 27 '22

so better to help 1 instead of 5 because you like knitting? that seems counterproductive and a little selfish

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u/Justheretobraap Jan 27 '22

I have been making hats for people in need this year using some yarn that was given to me that I would never use. I've been making them on my round knitting machine and they take me about 15 minutes to make. They are double thick, extremely warm and I use very soft yarn on the inside and the crappier scratchy yarn on the outside. Almost every knitter I know has yarn they were given or bought that they have no use for.

Some of the yarn I'm using--enough to make a hat was on clearance for $0.99. A lot of acrylic yarns can be bought for under $3.00 and is enough to make 2-3 double layer hats.

Warm Up America assembles blankets from knitted and crocheted squares, usually made from leftover yarn.

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u/mywildlove4 Jan 27 '22

I’m a crocheter, I buy most of my yarn from Michael’s and can get a skein for 3-4 bucks. It makes one hat and depending on the stitch/pattern I sometimes have a little left.

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u/SamGamgE Jan 26 '22

Until I read that it was in Canada I was hlf expecting it to be laced with something to make homeless people sick.

I'm not sure if it's because there's something wrong with me or if there's something wrong with the world (with US at the forefront of that).

Glad that there's some good still out there :)

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u/jovialgirl Jan 27 '22

Lmao I’m sorry how do you lace a hat though 😂😂

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u/SamGamgE Jan 27 '22

No idea... You planning to do it?

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u/SomeFokkerTookMyName Jan 26 '22

Somewhere, there's a giant sized Hermione Grainer hoping we all free ourselves from house-elf servitude.

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u/splooge_spaghetti Jan 27 '22

This is likely a single person or at most a very small group of people and you’re taking their hard work and spreading it onto the entire city when in reality 95% of your city doesn’t give a shit.

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u/RocketLauncher Jan 26 '22

Is there a convenient place to throw away the non-renewable plastic bags that they are in?

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u/KnewItWouldHappen Jan 26 '22

There is actually a park garbage can right outside the frame on the left haha

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u/lowlightliving Jan 26 '22

Would you prefer them to be perpetually wet, moldy, bird poopy, vehicle exhaust laden, sandy-silty-dirty? I’m not suggesting that non-renewable plastic isn’t a critical problem, but what other options exist?

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u/africanclawedfrogs Jan 26 '22

These bags are easily reused, I wash mine until they get full of holes. They’re useful to keep things dry. What is your point?

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u/queen-of-carthage Jan 27 '22

You're the 0.001% of the population

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u/africanclawedfrogs Jan 27 '22

It was how I grew up and people around me do it but they also are old and remember the Great Depression so I get it.

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u/_slaplove Jan 26 '22

this is really awesome! not going to lie, though, I didn’t see which sub this was posted in at first glance and I thought someone had strung up a bunch of dookie bombs in ziploc bags.

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u/belleayreski2 Jan 26 '22

Thought they were steaks at first

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u/Dancerbella Jan 27 '22

Man, if I could knit…

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u/KnuckleChildrenSoup Jan 27 '22

Thought they were steaks at first.

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u/jrdy787 Jan 27 '22

In my town in Florida we have drinking fountains for dogs at our parks. It’s bad ass. Now I just need to get a dog 😭.

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u/quinzhee520 Jan 27 '22

“WhAt AbOuT tHe mICrOcHiPs??”

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u/Loud_Cloudpax Jan 27 '22

I scrolled by quick and thought people were hanging up logs of shit in a zip lock bag onto a fence…..they are hats….

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u/1100220011002200 Jan 27 '22

Is this coeur d alene?

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u/Repulsive-Office-796 Jan 27 '22

Looks like you have enough there to open a store! Lol

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u/Doodling_Hitman Jan 27 '22

my dumbass would assume these are not free to take and would contine with freezing hands, lol. well.. they're probably for those without money or homes actually, so i'd defs not take any

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u/snakeiiiiiis Jan 27 '22

Imagine the person who made those spotting all the people wearing those on the street. Awesome. I want some here in 65° AZ.

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u/Owlspirit4 Jan 27 '22

Saw that here in London Ontario, but they were store bought, still good. But they weren’t in bags so they got snowy and wet, but good intent

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u/knee_bro Jan 27 '22

I’m the face of my city

hats & gloves for the kiddies

I made em I’m thrifty

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u/Kindly-Insect8748 Jan 27 '22

I have a knitting kit now. Who do I watch on YouTube to learn

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u/[deleted] Jan 27 '22

Look like shit in bags

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u/EnigmaticDaze Jan 27 '22

That’s a great idea!! I’m gonna start bagging some things up. Winters are brutal here 😢

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u/Yeazelicious Jan 27 '22

Bernie was here.

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u/IM_INSIDE_YOUR_HOUSE Jan 27 '22

I wish stuff like this could happen everywhere. Unfortunately most places an asshole will just come and take them all.

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u/BarryTrotz86 Jan 27 '22

Why not just give a tax break to the wealthiest in the area to help the poor?

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u/LocalCableGuy8 Jan 27 '22

Looks like a sting operation

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u/BarklyWooves Jan 27 '22

This will me great until some greedy lady comes by with a basket and takes them all like she does with unguarded halloween candy

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u/AP16K1237 Jan 27 '22

True sense of humans being bros

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u/Sensca_Vinous Jan 27 '22

I saw this in the news today

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u/sexypineapple14 Jan 27 '22

Gotta be careful putting that stuff up, donating to the homeless is illegal in most of the US

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u/Charlie71_2 Jan 27 '22

What a heartwarming gesture. Every right to feel proud.

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u/Hayden284ify Jan 27 '22

Y’all got a local hermione granger.

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u/Kwando-D-Hornblower Jan 27 '22

A homemade hat is such a pleasure

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u/CodyShredd Jan 27 '22

What city are you in?

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u/Bor_Arch Jan 30 '22

Looks truly nice and wholesome but seeing them in sandwich bags wouldve made me quite weary

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u/Firm_Masterpiece_343 Jan 26 '22

Philadelphia is over 40 homicides, new year looks to be great! /s

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u/BananaStringTheory Jan 27 '22

Except they ruined a perfectly reusable ziplock bag by poking a hole in it.

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u/jac5423 Jan 27 '22

What about hygiene

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u/Lord_chowen Jan 27 '22

Leaving plastic out…

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u/ObvsAltAccount Jan 27 '22

Im concerned that some asshole is going to hang up mittens with razor blades inside or something like that.

Kind of sad that I'd think that, probably more sad that it doesn't seem too far from reality.