The human race can be considered an obsessive group since the beginning of time. Adam and Eve obsessed over a particular fruit and tree that God warned them to stay far away. We obsess over what our swollen and oft abused credit cards will purchase, just so that we can keep up with the neighbor who has a Cadillac or a Hummer. But no amount of comparing or analogies can possibly prepare how low certain people will sink just to get their claws on celebrity paraphernalia.
Several years ago the big deal was made regarding the selling of a chewed up piece of Britney Spear’s gum that was sold on E-Bay. Now that Britney has faded (at least a little bit) from the limelight, we focus our short attention span to the celebrity that has inspired awe, wonder, and drama to our dull and wretched lives for the past 45 days, Paris Hilton. And with this new “role model” in mind (because, after all, she is an upstanding citizen who has done her agonizing time in jail) we now have individuals crawling out of the woodwork, literally picking through her trash, and placing the discarded garbage on their website, proudly offering it to the highest bidder.
Sad, you say? Impossible that someone might show a remote interest in, literally, garbage? Not at all! On www.hollywoodstartrash.com picking through recycling bins outside of celebrities’ homes is all in a days work. Besides, who can argue with the demented ideology when the scheme is raking in as much as $250 for a birthday party VIP ticket from this year? One can only wish they could blow their nose in a hanky and sell the offending matter for a triple digit profit.
However, the most prolific of the items salvaged before the garbageman could arrive is an empty can of dog food, which currently has run up to an amazing bid of over $1.5 million dollars. OK, this indeed is probably a bored web surfer who thought it would be quite humorous to make such a ridiculous offer. If further proof be needed of this, the bidder appears to be brand new on E-bay’s site, registered a couple of days ago, and continuously bid against himself to make the dog food can hit a stratospheric mark.
Nevertheless, serious bidding (before the price was artificially inflated by “Bidder #4”) appears to have taken this item as high as $300, while a discarded toothbrush, an auction that will end in three days, already has been pumped up to $285. www.hollywoodstartrash.com appears proud of their services and has even started to cash in on t-shirts available on their site. Should humankind be worried? Have we taken celebrity worship off the charts at this point? To help enable you, kind reader, to answer this question, here’s a future sneak-peak at what this illustrious website has to offer in the future: Empty drug prescription bottles! An Empty Sprite Can! And (a drum roll, if you please) Q-tips and a tissue!
It’s good to see that certain people can find garbage-picking so profitable, but a bit disconcerting that hard-earned money is spent by crazed fanatics. Well, you know what they say: One man’s trash is another man’s…well…nevermind.