Cell Shots – Volume I

June 25, 2009 by admncc

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen something happen and thought to myself, “I wish I had a picture of that for the blog.”  I don’t intentionally want to carry my phone out with the camera on all the time – I mean; it’s not that big of a deal.  But I did go so far as to practice taking my blackberry out of its holster very quickly and hitting the camera button.  Haha!

With that being said, I’m going to start a new category on here.  It will be called “Cell Shots” and I’ll periodically post mine or ones that are sent to me.  And then we can comment on them.

You probably won’t believe the story behind today’s pictures.  For years I’ve heard that there is a guy who comes onto our company’s property (after hours) and steals the used cigarettes.  Yes, that’s right – he takes old cigarettes that have already been smoked and smokes whatever is left on them.  But for as long as I’ve worked here, and no matter when I was at the office, I’ve never seen him.  That is – until yesterday.

I was in the break room and saw this guy walk up to one of our smoke stacks (plastic container with a metal bucket inside that is used to safely discard cigarettes), remove the lid and start taking the used cigarettes.  He put some in his shirt pocket and had the rest in his hand.

The way I look at it, there could be three reasons for this guys behavior.

  • Addiction to nicotine
  • Lack of money to buy cigarettes
  • He just doesn’t care

I don’t know about you, but I think what he’s doing is absolutely disgusting…

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  1. Hi Craig. Great idea as to the new section. I agree with you on this one, there is just something about seeing people take stuff out of the trash that is absolutely disgusting. I see things all the time I should capture. I’ll see what I can get for submission.

  2. Don’t laugh, that guy was recently a senior partner at Cravath.

  3. Okay thanks for making me want to hurl. Ewww!

    I’m so going to have to start practicing taking good quick pictures with my cell phone…that is when I get it back!!!

  4. NeoConDon says:

    Maybe he has a liberal friend who smokes, but can’t afford to pay the $6 per pack. So he’s helping him. I’d do the same for my liberal friends.

  5. Extreme John says:

    I have seen people do that in the past and thought it was one of the most disgusting and tasteless things I have ever seen. It goes beyond the fact that he’s digging through a cig bucket and it goes beyond the fact that others had their lips wrapped around those very puffers.

    Nice capture and wow, can you imagine being that addicted to something that it makes you dig through someone else’s used cig butts.

  6. That’s what disgusts me about people picking up used butts John. You have no idea what herpes or otherwise infected lip has been on there. Eww. My liberal friends are on their own Don.

  7. All 3 reasons are probably true. I’d go through someones trash, but not for cigarettes. Maybe for M&M’s, or weed (which people don’t throw out anyway)

  8. Dan says:

    Don, aside from your lame political humor, you are right about one thing. Cigarettes are expensive.

  9. EEEWWWWW! That is so gross.

  10. Angela says:

    I have seen this too in Downtown. When I use to smoke, I did a quick cigarette outside once before stepping in a car waiting for me. I really only took a couple of puffs and threw on the sidewalk (I know I did litter!) Some homeless man picked it off the ground and started smoking my cig! This would be gross for us, butt, (ha-ha) for someone who had no money, family, home etc., this might be one of the only freedoms or guilty pleasures he has left.

  11. Sarah says:

    OMG! That is hilarious!! I will have to keep my eye open for some cell shots. Great idea!

  12. c.princess says:

    I don’t know what to really say or think other than EWW.

  13. Heather says:

    Please leave a new pack of cigs for that man and take a pic of that! I can’t imagine what that man is going through to humiliate and degrade himself by doing something so gross. F.Y.I quitting tobacco is harder than quitting heroin.

  14. It is extremely disgusting and he doesn’t look like a homeless person. Let’s just hope that whatever bacteria, etc from people’s mouths have been killed by the elements by the time this guy smokes the cigarettes.

    I wonder if he uses any selection process for the cigarettes he chooses, such as only half smoked, etc?

  15. Sugar says:

    That has to be the most disgusting thing I’ve seen recently. Eww!

  16. I love the pictures! I am neurotic about having pictures for every post so I have a “purse camera”. It’s a pain in the ass, but it helps my photo OCD 🙂

    I’m going to tell you a secret, you won’t tell, right? The first cigarette I ever smoked was when I was about 5 years old and it was one someone threw out of their car in front of my house. I was so curious and put it in my mouth. I don’t remember much about being 5, but the freak out my mom had made this a lasting memory 🙂 (I only tried smoking one other time in college, couldn’t do it)

    Yeah, dude can’t afford cigarettes and is addicted I bet. Sad and gross.

  17. I am just downright disturbed by that one. Smoking is bad enough but grabbing used ones from strangers in the trash gives me the heebie jeebies. Will be on the look out for something good to photograph and send in.

  18. William Gatherer says:

    Butt..butt..butt I guess everyone has their vices. Give me an open road and my motorcycle and that will make my day.

    Just think… I bet he is the same guy that doesn’t use the public water fountain just be cause it’s gross.

    Do you think he uses a paper on the public toilet?

  19. MikeN says:

    I’ll bet that you’d be tempted to buy a pack of $6 cigarettes and take up smoking if only the wife would sneak it into the budget. But since she’s the one earning all the money and paying the bills, I’m sure you’re not allowed to buy anything off the list.

    I’m glad I quit smoking.

  20. Dan says:

    Good for you, Mike. I’m glad you quit.

  21. NeoConDon says:

    You’re half right, Libby. I had to quit a little over a year ago because I developed double pneumonia. Glad I quit. I use the extra money to buy guns and guitars…

  22. Zig says:

    NCD, Stop lying! You don’t have any “Extra” money… You probably buy your guns with your bad credit!

    I think we need to give this guy a break. He is clearly doing a service to the community by recycling old cigs… He is clearly a corporate hating, God fearing, country loving patriot. He has been hit hard by the latest “rough patch” in the economy. He is not wasting what little money he still has left on all that plastic celophane packaging, which will eventually end up clogging the landfills or end up in CC’s lawnmower motor after the CC cuts his lawn! He is a HERO!

  23. Chris says:

    Poor guy … he doesn’t have money for cigarettes or a toupee.

  24. Zig says:

    I am not sure. He appears to be wearing new jeans and a new shirt…

  25. NeoConDon says:

    sorry Zig, my wife and I don’t borrow money…I buy all of my guns with cash!

  26. Thinkinfyou says:

    OK,insult me if you must,but I use to do the same thing as a little kid.We use to have a neighbor that smoked and for some reason I was spellbound by this man’s habit. I can remember going into his yard and picking up the butts and pretending to smoke them.

  27. Lady Sarcasm says:

    Well if he’s been doing it for years, and hasn’t croaked from it yet, I’d say he’s a lucky man. It’s better then robbing used needles form a junkie lot. lol

  28. Zig says:

    NCD, but where do you get that “Cash” you use? If you borrow the “cash” you use, it’s as good as using a credit card. NCD, you are exibiting highly suspect behavior… YOU are probably aleady on the ATF watchlist! You buy in cash so the feds won’t have a paper trail of the purchase when they take you to court for going apeshit on your neighbor, yourself and your family. Now that you have made it clear, for the whole world to see, that you “pay in cash” for your guns, probably at a fleamarket, the Feds will know where to go when “Your Master Plan” comes to completion. OBAMA!

  29. Marissa says:

    Hahah – Chris beat me to it. I’m more disturbed by his hairstyle. I think Cigarette Thief wishes you could’ve taken his picture from a better angle.

  30. NeoConDon says:


    I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m on several ATF watch lists….

    Here’s my take on the ATF…

    ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS should be a convenience store, not a gov’t agency.

  31. Tristan says:

    Anyone who thinks this is gross must not know much about jenkem. Yes, people will mix urine and feces in a jar, let it ferment in the sun, and then inhale the captured gases from a balloon. It’s the ultimate “green” high.

    Smoking used cigs is less gross than eating scraps from a dumpster. If any of us ever had the pleasure of being hungry in our spoiled lives, we might have a different perspective. As Angela said, if that’s what it takes to squeeze a drop of pleasure into a miserable existence, you wouldn’t think twice. It is a horrible thought. Still, it could be the future of any one of us on this board. “The Fall” is just around the corner.

  32. Tristan says:

    Guns and guitars… throw in a good scotch and you have a few of my favorite things.

    You know, one of the silver linings of economic depression / collapse is in art and music. There is no muse like suffering. As much as I would hate the pain, I would love the opportunity to feel that and create something from it.

    I wonder how many great artists would appear if regular people couldn’t work 60 hours a week and watch the idiot box all night…if regular people were more like that bum picking butts out of the ashes.

  33. NeoConDon says:

    Interesting Tristan…as a singer/song writer of over 20 years, I can assure you that you’re correct. I expect the music to finally get back to the quality of the post-war era before it was destroyed in the late 90’s.

    …and Zig, there is nothing illegal about buying your guns from someone at a flea market…assuming both the buyer and seller can legally own a fire arm. Buying guns outside of the dealer market can save a lot of time and money. The registration of fire arms is unconstitutional.

  34. haha. cell shots.

    i dig it.

  35. Timmy says:

    Buying guns at a flea market is cool…just ask the kids from Virginia Tech!!

  36. NeoConDon says:

    Too bad the kids from Virginia Tech had their rights to protect themselves removed by the anti-defense zealots. If law abiding students were permitted to conceal weapons for self defense, many lives would have been saved, and the incident likely would not have happened in the first place.

  37. Timmy says:

    Yes the obvious answer is more guns hahahahaha
    and I thought I could get that out without laughing oh well

  38. NeoConDon says:

    The answer IS more guns in the hands of responsible citizens. I’m trying to think of any time a mass murder by a wacked out shooter took place in an establishment where citizens could carry concealed weapons to defend themselves. That’s why I only do business with banks that allow conceal carry permit holders to carry firearms in the bank.

  39. Tristan says:

    Watch as your local police force gets slashed and remember what you said while you wait for them to save you, Timmy. They’re already too busy to bother, handing out parking tickets to fund their department. Only now does it seem backwards to give massive amounts of tax dollars to the federal gov and piddly scraps to the local community within your reach…

    Anyway, i turns out the cops couldn’t save the kids in VA, either. So what exactly is your solution? More laws? It might be worth considering that criminals don’t follow laws. That’s why we call them criminals. They do appreciate that we keep their victims in line, though.

  40. NeoConDon says:

    Those students were sitting duck waiting to be murdered…

    An interesting note…the murderer bought his firearm legally, and from a dealer. He just behaved illegally with it.

  41. Timmy says:

    Sorry, i couldn’t respond right away I had to dig out some used butts from CC’s company ashtray. I have to get there before 5 or else this creepy guy with a parking space for a hair-do steals all of the good ones. What were we talking about again…oh yeah guns.

    Yes, yes, i know criminals don’t follow laws therefore we should all have guns, but i am also not all that keen on being in a room with my 85 year old grandfather who is trigger happy because the neighbors keep playing on his lawn. Im not looking to get mowed down in the crossfire

    I would like to know what our criteria for “responsible” is and also what the problem is with a long waiting period and background check to buy a product designed to kill things. Shouldn’t there be a check to make sure that you are responsible enough to own one?

    More interested in your answer than a fight about it.

  42. NeoConDon says:

    If a person believes they need to defend themselves, a long waiting period defeats the purpose. When a person purchases a firearm from a dealer, a background check is immediately done, and the FBI determines whether or not that person may leave with the gun in hand, or needs to wait several days. What else can be done that is reasonable and doesn’t trample over the second ammendment or states rights? Remember, only law abiding citizens are buying their guns this way.

    Box cutters were used a weapons to kill more than 3000 people on Sept. 11…should we have a long waiting period for responsible citizens who wish to legally own a box cutter? Drunk drivers kill a lot more people every year than hand guns do…should we have long waiting periods before people can buy automobiles, or alcohol?

  43. Timmy says:

    Not taking the bait on the boxcutters or automobiles. Neither of those products main purpose is to kill, a guns purpose is. Therefore I don’t think that is a relavant point to the conversation.

    I don’t think its unreasonable to want to keep the guns away from the crazies, seeing that I read today that half of gun related deaths in the US are suicides. Someone who is willing to shoot themselves might not think twice about pulling the trigger on someone else.

    I’ve wanted to look up statistics today about gun deaths from the US as compared to other countries, but haven’t had the time to find what I was looking for. I remember the Moore movie in 2002 had some startling statistics, but I will be damned if I will use that Asshat as a source.

    I just remember them being quite telling….I do realize where they came from which is why I am asking if you have any similar information

    I also see people in town smoking and think that they are lucky!
    I quit last Thanksgiving….I am probably the lucky one!

  44. NeoConDon says:

    If you can come up with a way to keep guns out of the hands of the “crazies”, you’ll win the Nobel Peace Prize. Until then, I’ll continue to arm myself so I can have a better chance of keeping the “crazy’s bullets” out of my body and the bodies of my family members. After all, that’s one-third of the reason for the 2nd ammendment.

    On gun deaths in the U.S….the data is as unreliable as the healthcare and education data.

    The U.S. always leads in gun deaths per 100,000 because it’s likely we’re telling the truth. Do you really think that communist and socialist nations report their gun deaths accurately?

  45. Tristan says:

    The bottom line is that, no matter what you do, you cannot prevent violence and death. All you can do is eliminate freedom under the guise of safety, and as that saying goes, you will lose both.

  46. Kurt says:

    You political debaters are morons. Blah, blah, blah. Get a life. Your comments don’t add any value.

  47. Tristan says:

    Hopefully you weren’t demonstrating how to properly add value, because you failed. You’ll have to excuse us for concerning ourselves with something other than sitting on the couch, watching TV, and playing with ourselves.

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