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    Re: Is waste a mental disorder?

    Adults that need to sleep with the lights on do in fact have a problem.

    I saw a picture yesterday of an 11 month old Sudanese child that is dying of malnutrition. Find that picture, print it, and tape it up in the kitchen.

    Stop buying food. Eat your own supper on the way home from work.
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    Re: Is waste a mental disorder?

    Is starting threads with bull**** in the OP a mental disorder?
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    Re: Is waste a mental disorder?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Is starting threads with bull**** in the OP a mental disorder?
    No, it's not.

    If you experienced what I experience, you would question their sanity based on their behavior.

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    Re: Is waste a mental disorder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I understand it's an odd question but please hear me out.

    In our home my cousins take a plate of food for dinner.

    They take 2-3 spoonfuls.

    Garbaged.

    Then an hour later they do it again.

    It's frustrating, really. They aren't paying for the food, yet they and certain others waste... constantly. We buy $150 in food... $80 or so feeds the garbage can. It doesn't stop at food. They leave many hot lightbulbs on in the basement when no one is in the room. Sometimes throughout the night. And in the main bathroom 16 of the hot lightbulbs are turned on to the brightest setting throughout the night.

    Water is left running. Clothes are worn only once, Etc.

    Here's the kicker: I'd go down to the basement when everyone went to bed to turn the lights off. I'd then slip into bed. I kid you not three minutes later I hear feet going downstairs. Then, a minute later, they return. I wait a while, go down, and lo and behold they're all on again. It's a vast, cool basement... and it's being lit for the ghosts... argh..

    Is waste in its severest and mildest forms a mental disorder?

    It's irrational. I get a plate of food I didn't pay for, eat a bite or two, and waste it. Totally sane of me. Might as well take three plates and waste them since it's rational. I'll leave every light on all the time as well.

    Either it's rational or irrational.

    Madness, I say.

    The term: "Waste not, want not" is surprisingly true.
    I'm not sure that waste in and of itself is a mental disorder, but in your cousins' case I have to wonder if it isn't fueled by some sort of mental disorder or other factor.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I'd go down to the basement when everyone went to bed to turn the lights off. I'd then slip into bed. I kid you not three minutes later I hear feet going downstairs. Then, a minute later, they return. I wait a while, go down, and lo and behold they're all on again.
    This is what makes me wonder that. If they were just leaving the lights on because they didn't think to turn them off (or were too lazy) then I'd probably just pass it off as they are lazy and thoughtless. But they're specifically going back to turn them on after you turn them off yourself, which leads me to believe something else is at work here. What, I have no idea.

    Have you ever talked to them about their behavior and why they do it?
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    Re: Is waste a mental disorder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Sounds like it's time to lay down the law.... they kick in 50% of the food bill, they can throw all of their 50% out if they want, they paid for it. They also pay 50% of the electric bill. They don't like it? There's the door - happy trails!
    This.

    Tell them to wisen up, if not kick them out. And be dead serious about it.
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    Re: Is waste a mental disorder?

    As my brother-from-another-mother would put it: "Time to kick dey ass to the CURB!"

    As in, have their bags sitting on the curb when they get home, and have the locks changed at the same time.

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    Re: Is waste a mental disorder?

    Quote Originally Posted by evanescence View Post
    No, it's just laziness and complacency. And taking everything for granted.
    Exactly, put the foot down, you weren't hungry an hour ago and you sure as hell ain't hungry now. That or wrap up their food and hold it so when they come back an hour later, there you go, finish your food.

    Food wasting never flew in my house.
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