Flash Fiction #231

Boxing Day



I am a genius, if I may say so myself – and I have to – ‘cause you won’t acknowledge my brains.  I’ve solved two irritations, with one brilliant idea.

To cut costs, the city now collects garbage every two weeks.  Hauling out one extra-heavy, or two regular bags, was a hassle.  Breaking down boxes from on-line Amazon shopping was a pain.

I peel off the labels, fill them with garbage, and leave them outside the door.  Within an hour, some porch pirate steals my used tea-bags, coffee grounds and banana peels.  Some boxes I ‘accidently’ forget on the subway, during my commute.


Got to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.


29 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #231

  1. What a great idea. I might just try it!

    Here’s mine!


  2. jim- says:

    We have a problem for every solution. I use the gas station garbage can (if its not too full)


    • Archon's Den says:

      That might create problems of its own. A local man changed his car’s oil, behind a local strip-mall. Answering a call about a suspicious person, two police officers charged him with “Theft of Services” when he threw two dirty paper towels into a big green dumpster. 😳

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  3. Lol. That’s a brilliant idea. I can’t stop laughing 😂


  4. Rivergirl says:

    It’s official. You are a genius. …!


  5. Danny James says:

    Accidentally, like on purpose.


  6. Ah, well, other than leaving things on the subway … I can get the instant Karma of leaving trash out for the porch thieves … 😉


  7. Dale says:

    I love this idea, Archon! Brilliant indeed. (And so funny, to porch pirates in a row…)


  8. msjadeli says:

    I *love* that first sentence. What a great idea! Oh my, you may be setting a trend here.


  9. draliman says:

    Ha, quite the forward thinker! And such a disappointment for the thief.


  10. I love the trash boxes he leaves out!! I wrote a story about those irritating porch pirates. Love it!!


  11. wmqcolby says:

    There are worse things in boxes, I’m sure.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Even if it’s only a glitter-bomb that some frustrated homeowner built. 😳
      I particularly liked the golf-course type splash sprinkler in the bed of a backed-in pickup, set to go off by a motion detector, along with a CCTV camera, to record the fun. 😆


      • wmqcolby says:

        Haha! Oh, yes! That’s a classic maneuver. I never did this, but some of my friends, back in the day, used to leave a sack of cow manure on someone’s front porch and set it on fire.


  12. Ahh…the out of the box thinking! ⌒°(❛ᴗ❛)°⌒


  13. ahtdoucette says:

    LOL. This sounds like bachelor pad logic to me. Seriously, I can totally see my dad coming up with this idea and my mom being like – no, just no. I love that opener so much though. I want to steal that first sentence and keep it.


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