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She’s claiming she’s never seen a garbage disposal before...


No lie. “This DC apartment is bougie and has things I’ve never seen before. Like what is a garbage disposal really for? Is it better or worse than throwing something in the garbage? More importantly, why is it so loud and yelling at ME?”

They say she represents people her age. Have people her age really never seen a garbage disposal?

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I was in my 30s before I ever saw one. I knew about them though. They were featured in a few horror movies over the years.

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What did you guys do with wet food garbage? Did they have a special bin for compost in your town, or did you have to put it in with the garbage? In our area of Oregon, the garbage trucks weigh the garbage when they pick up the bins, so you’d be paying extra with the wet garbage weighing it down. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Through it in the trash. We grew up in the rural countryside and you have to haul your own trash to the dump and throw it in this huge masher and once a year some numbnut would always fall in there. Anyhow, we was pretty poor and garbage disposals were always seen as something of a luxury item. One of my buddies had a dishwasher and that was the craziest thing ever My dad blew up at me when I brought that up haha.

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I currently live in the rural countryside, and we compost. Garbage disposals are not supposed to go with septic systems, but I had one put in for when I'm canning and a lot of tomato seeds go down the sink -- I'd rather they got ground up first. But we put a strainer over the disposal for all the rest of the time.

Okay. That explains us. But she grew up in NYC. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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This makes no sense to my especially right now, since my sink has been backing up due to other tenants use of their disposal. A previous manager of the 200-unit building I live in instructed me that garbage does not go into the GARBAGE disposal, only gravy and remnants. (I find it disgusting to have a trash dumpster filled with garbage, which I'd think draws rodents)

I have been using garbage disposals for over 40 years, and they were always meant to grind up chunks of food, which is why they make them in 1/2 horsepower, 3/4 horsepower, and so on. You dont' need different horsepowers for gravy and small bits. Our building is likely the problem with cheap plumbing, since they build apt buildings more cheaply than they used to, for profit.

NY had them prohibited? You hear them mentioned on I Love Lucy (in NYC), which is how far back they go.

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What did you guys do with wet food garbage?


Liquids go down the sink - other things go into the trash. We don't have much "wet food" garbage.

Our first two houses had disposals, and all they did was plug the sink. The only time we ran it is when the sink backed up. When we built our last home in the burbs, the builder was surprised when I told him we didn't want it even though it was included in the price.

My brother wouldn't do without one. Different strokes.

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The reason why all it did was plug the sink was because you only ran it when the sink backed up. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Fair enough!

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lol Rush was talking about this today on the program... movies and TV shows have featured garbage disposals for years, not sure how she missed it all this time.

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Yeah well, George Herbert Walker Bush was castigated for not knowing how a grocery store bar code scanner works and not knowing what a gallon of milk cost at that time. Not giving A O-C a pass but this stuff happens.
I remember trying to mash the lettuce and stuff in our disposal so it could hold more and I was told this was not an intelligent move. I was probably 10 or 11 at the time. Not to mention you probably don't want to stick your fist down in there on regular basis.

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Yeah there has never been one in my house, but they still scare the heck outta me.

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Garbage disposals were illegal in NY for many years, until sometime in the 1990's I believe. I never saw one until I was 50 and moved out of NY to Nevada 8 years ago.

Coming from New York, it's very probable that she never saw one.

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Ah. I'll ask my husband about that. He used to be senior pump maintenance mechanic for the local sewerage agency. It must have something to do with way too many solids to water ratio or something. But frankly, the thing that bugged them the most was the idiots who flushed baby wipes, cleaning wipes, and tampons. None of those things biodegrade in the sewer, so he'd have to stand there with a power washer and clean out the pumps. My guess is tampons were still sold in the five boroughs, but they take something that will actually grind up corn.... 😉

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It's amazing how many people don't read the boxes of the items you mentioned. They all clearly state that they're
not flushable!

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As a woman (not to say "old bat"), I can remember many adverts saying the opposite. Sewerage agencies around the country no doubt got on their cases, but most women learn how to use the products from their mothers, so they're probably using the tampons the way their grandmothers did. Back then the easy disposability was supposed to be one of the selling points. Those cleaning products aren't something grandma had access to or even wanted. They used old rags and washed them for reuse.

I did ask my husband about the problem with garbage disposals, and he said there wasn't one that he could think of. Then it hit me -- you have to run a lot of water through it as you're grinding up the material. The water to solids ratio wouldn't be an issue. Just some stupid law, like so many stupid laws. Big cities have more stupid laws than most other places.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNYJcOTOcLU

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I don't usually click on random YouTube links unless I know the person, but I'm so glad I did this time! Thank you for a much-needed laugh!

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She tells us all we need to know about those of her generation and their incredible stupidity on just about every subject.

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Agreed! Today, the only other member of the House or Representatives -- so far as the press is concerned -- Ilhan Omar, tweeted that Trump should release his taxes as the law requires. To which everyone who wasn't a Democrat wanted to know, "What law? Be specific. I'll wait."

Since Omar is an elected Representative, it might behoove her to actually know the laws of the land. Or at least about the specific law before spouts off about it.

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