QUOTE (bjk76 @ 31/01/2013, 03:17 PM)
Some people must be pretty desperate though, if they're going to the trouble of 'harvesting' from hard rubbish.
Some people gather recyclables as a 'hobby' - if you are picking up a bit here and a bit there every day it will eventually add up.
My Dad used to have to clean up a picnic area many years ago that was owned by his employer, on the weekends it was a notorious 'party spot' and he would have dozens of aluminium cans to dispose of.
He took them to the local recycling place (it was on the way to the tip) and over the course of a year just threw the money in an old leather bag.. the bag fell of the wall one December and he counted up the change - there was enough to buy my mother a beautiful chain for Christmas!
It was great as it was a total surprise (unlike normally as they shared all their finances).
Maybe your cord pincher is slowly building up a little stash to buy their wife a surprise too!