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Posted: 8/5/2022 8:22:22 AM EDT
I'm a bit of a roadside find junkie  - I'm always scanning the side of the road for lost items and stop (when it's safe to do so) and pick up things.  It's amazing what people lose or leave behind.

I haven't made that many good finds, but I have picked up a 36" crowbar, assorted tools, a half dozen safety vests, wheel chocks, and recently a nice 24" crowbar.

What notable, or strange things have you picked up roadside?
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:22:41 AM EDT
OP eats roadkill
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:24:08 AM EDT
About the only thing I can think of is an Igloo cooler.  Used it for several years before giving it away to someone else.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:25:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: Jayne_Cobb] [#3]
If this includes garbage day curbage, that would include  most of my furniture.

Best was a backpack blower, fueled up and ready to go, sitting upright on the double yellow line. No contact info on it, so no hope of returning it.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:29:39 AM EDT
Working as a heavy/civil contractor for 28 years to much to list, but the most interesting was the dead bum under a bridge that exploded when we rolled him down a slope wall with the Cook County coroner.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:30:21 AM EDT
400 bucks in a money clip
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:33:11 AM EDT
Despite having seen plenty of posts about finding perfectly intact arcade games, pinball, etc...I've never seen anything worth a shit being given away along the roadside.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:35:22 AM EDT
Just last week--a Papa Johns Pepperoni Pizza in the middle of the road. The box was open and not a slice was missing.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:36:30 AM EDT
Poulan chainsaw. Found a echo weed eater sitting on the curb one time. The fuel filter had been installed backwards and it wouldn't stay running.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:36:56 AM EDT
Last 2 weeks:

Snap-on angle head 14.4v LED light, still on

Streamlight stinger HL, little road rash but works great

In the past few years:

Brand new huge aluminum pipe wrench

Unreasonably large channel lock pliers

Sockets, wrenches, extensions, ratchets, screwdrivers and punches by the bucketload. I left the junk where it sat

Life vests by the dozen

Fake hundred dollar bills by the casinos

Wallets (returned them if they had ID)

Cell phones (returned them if they worked)

iPads (again returned if working)

Yeti coffee mugs

The list goes on ….. I worked for the DOT electrical division briefly and we kept an eye out for that shit. I have a long commute now and still keep that hawk eye going. Proves to be handy

Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:37:27 AM EDT
An attractive,  drunk young woman who offered me a blowjob to not call the cops
after I found her car wrapped around a tree.

My kids were with me that morning, so I didn't make that deal.  
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:39:20 AM EDT

It's come in super handy many times.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:40:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: DADGAD] [#12]
I was at a grassy area in the Bronx, right at an on-ramp to a major highway. I had to pee, so I found a small thicket of scrubby trees to go into, where I found a bowling bag.

Sitting in tall grass and trees, throwing distance from an on-ramp in the Bronx is no place for a bowling bag. Having watched enough movies, I was sure it had a head in it. Nope. It had a bowling ball. I left it there.

ETA - and I once found a Home Depot 5 water cooler on the side of the road.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:42:41 AM EDT
Nice hydraulic jack from a Ford.

Somebody's going to be surprised when they go to change a tire next time.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:42:44 AM EDT
A roll of Owens Corning R-19 faced insulation.

Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:45:38 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
OP eats roadkill
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Ummmm... no.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:46:43 AM EDT
Chain and load binders. I have never found any of the equipment that it might have been securing

And the screwdriver that I found with my tire.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:47:43 AM EDT
Rubber hold down straps. As a kid, my dad was the worlds best at spotting one in the road. He would not hesitate to stop in the middle of an interstate highway to pick it up.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:47:51 AM EDT
I found a brand-new, professional-grade chainsaw and climbing harness once. Took it to the police station just down the road.

The next day, I saw an arborist working in the neighborhood and asked him if he'd lost one. He had. I told him where it was.

The police didn't know anything about it. Nope, no chainsaw had been turned in.

So, the best thing I ever found I essentially gave to a crooked cop.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:48:38 AM EDT
Found a nice Gerber multitool once.  Most recent was an American flag in perfect condition that I picked up and hung in the office.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:51:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: Cincinnatus] [#20]
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:51:06 AM EDT
I found an 20ft extension cord for a 220 generator in the middle of the highway. One of the Hubble plugs was smashed. 12.00 later it was like new.

An Echo curved shaft trimmer on the road in front of trashcan on pick up day. Took it to work, flushed out the fuel, cleaned the carb added fresh fuel and fired it right up. Used it for 7 years until it began to act up and took it to the Echo dealer who replaced the carb and tuned it up for 80.00. I have been running it for the past 5-6 years since.

Various hand tools. Lumber.
Empty Laws rocket next to a MiniMart near Ft. Story, I left it. Thought it was a tarp.

As a kid porno mags on the side of the highway, packs of cigarettes, sealed bottle of vodka.

When I was 16 I found a motorcycle in the 5 foot high weeds off an abandoned  dirt road. Called the man who towed it and said after 90 days I could come pick it up. The owner came and said he left it there to drain the oil.

Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:51:53 AM EDT
8' Werner fiberglass ladder. Slight road rash otherwise it is fine.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:53:24 AM EDT
Tiedown strap, something like 4"x30'.  Crank was fubared but the nylon webbing went to use on a number of projects.

Surprising number of soda bottles full of piss.  Jesus, people.  
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:53:35 AM EDT
When I was a teen, I used to have to walk to and from an after school job along a stretch of busy highway. For safety, I stayed well in the weeds. I found lots of license plates (official and decorative) hand tools, a post-hole digger, pornographic magazines (the less savory variety like “Juggs” and “Big Black Butts” and half-empty bottle of “stuff” (no way I was opening those up!).

At the time, I had recently read “The Mosquito Coast” and thought of Brewer’s Cove in the story where everything useful that was man-made, man would eventually discard and would wash-up on the shore. The roadside reminded me of that.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:56:01 AM EDT
Two drills one HF and a Bosch Hammer drill! Also found a 350 dollar juicer working in the box last week and a good bbq pit as well
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:57:28 AM EDT
A 30 lb jug of R-22 with about 25 lb in it.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:58:58 AM EDT
I stopped once because I saw one of those brown bank bags. It was empty.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 8:59:49 AM EDT
A dead guy.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:01:03 AM EDT
I found a vrand new fishing pole and reel combo. Still had 55.00 proce tag on it. Must have fallen off somones truck.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:02:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: RoofTopShot] [#30]
I found an ice chest in the middle of a lonely back road. Got to a safe place to stop and went and grabbed it. It was still full of ice and sodas.

In the late 80s a good friend of mine was riding his motorcycle home and saw a duffle bag off the road on a new section of highway. He circled back and pulled off the road to go check it out. It had just over 12k in cash in it. Took it to the cops and they held on to it for a few weeks to see if anyone came in to claim it. No one did, so he ended up with it.
That dude was the luckiest MF'er I ever met. Always fell into all kinds of deals that made him money.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:02:56 AM EDT
Most of the stuff I find is when I’m out on bike rides, nothing too big but I have a nice little collection of sockets and extensions that have minor road rash.  There is also a very large screwdriver that I now use regularly.  

On the other side of the coin I will usually try and pick up screws/nails when I’m out for a ride.  Zero value but I will chuck them someplace where they won’t be run over.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:04:42 AM EDT
This year to date:
Flare nut wrench
9" vise grips
36" crowbar
Combination Square
2 tumblers
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:08:37 AM EDT
Found this over a decade ago:

Black and Decker Rotary Hammer

Not my pic, but mine looks just like this one. It has the removable handle and a couple bits, as well. Still in the case; case is in good shape. I've used it a few times. It busts up concrete real well. Damn thing is heavy as hell, too. It'll wear you out pretty quick if you're not used to it.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:11:09 AM EDT
On the road I run on I found a nice small engraved wooden box. It was handmade in the Phillipines.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:12:00 AM EDT
5’ chisel tipped pry bar, laying in road.  Asked the nearby farm but they had no idea who lost it.  

It didn’t blow out of a truck, must weigh 20 pounds with its 1” square cross sectioned head.  It’s actually too heavy, the 3/4” square head my dad had was much nicer to use.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:14:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: GreyGhost] [#36]
Stihl weed eater in very good condition.I used it for years before passing it down to my son.I figure it must have fell off a landscaping truck.Craftsman 3/8 drive ratchet with just a little bit of road rash.
I also found a wallet on top of a gas pump.Had the driver’s license in it so I was able to return it.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:15:53 AM EDT
18 years ago

TNF down jacket . It was even my size

Still have it .
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:17:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:17:20 AM EDT
Not quite on the side of the road but driving down Poplar Avenue in Memphis one day I passed a car going the other direction with a revolver on his roof. I found a place to turn around and apparently he did too cause here he comes back driving slowly. I flashed my lights and he looked at me. I stuck my arm out the window and pointed at the roof. I see both arms go up and he stops and gets out and waves at me. How that stayed up there is beyond me. If it had been me, it would have fallen off and been immediately scooped up by someone.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:19:34 AM EDT
My hunting buddy found a big yeti cooler on the side of a dirt road in the middle of nowhere, right after deer season ended.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:25:55 AM EDT
Found a newish spade with a fiber glass handle, 3/8 chain binder, new hammer, 2” wretched strap, lots of tarp straps. I found this on a dirt road when I was a kid, it is one of my favorite things. I can suck a 8’ x 10’ ice shack up onto a trailer in a couple minutes with no help.

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Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:27:10 AM EDT
Commercial grade stihl weed eater.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:29:13 AM EDT
I’m not the scavenging type so I don’t stop to pick up shit on the roads.  

I did see one of those Thule clamshell cargo carriers on the side of the road once.  I wonder if the owner even knew it fell off the car.  Couldn’t help think about the conversation that occurred once they reached their destination.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:31:06 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By osprey21:
My best find to date was a S-K tools 1/2" drive socket set.    

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Nice, dad had the exact same set, I have it now. The metal case it comes with is far better then it’s modern equivalent.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:32:22 AM EDT
Sockets (no 10 mm), wrenches, knives.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:33:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:34:23 AM EDT
Found a spent .50 BMG ball projectile on the side of the road while riding my bike as a kid.  I was amazed at the size and rifling marks.  Had it for years until a shitbird “friend” stole it.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:35:41 AM EDT
My wife found a beat up multitool in the grocery store parking lot once.

All I've ever found was pocket change.

Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:35:54 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By JimEb:
I’m not the scavenging type so I don’t stop to pick up shit on the roads.  

I did see one of those Thule clamshell cargo carriers on the side of the road once.  I wonder if the owner even knew it fell off the car.  Couldn’t help think about the conversation that occurred once they reached their destination.
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It was full of republican ballets.
Link Posted: 8/5/2022 9:36:49 AM EDT
1/2” drive Snap-On ratchet, another 50 yards down the road a Snap-On 1/2” drive extension.
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