Etiquette for Frugal Gardeners: How to Ask for Things
Always say please & thank you of course!
other tips for asking:
Don't get in people's way.
If it's a demolition, park at the curb.
Workers don't have time to wait for you to move your car, & parking at the curb avoids getting nails in your tires.
Say hello, be polite, & get to the point.
People are busy.
Do what you say you'll do when you say you'll do it.
I once got a bunch of antique bricks from a demolition, but I got called in to work on the second day that I was to pick them up, & the bricks that were taken from the house that day went into the dumpster.
Coffee grounds at restaurants usually cannot be kept for you, so you *must* pick them up every day or night;
the restaurant has to take out the trash daily because of health requirements.
Plan on doing everything yourself.
People don't have time to stop & haul windows or lumber or bricks or bags of coffee grounds for you.
If people can help you, they usually will.
If they can't, realize that they just can't;
accept it & say thank you.
It may be that the property owner wants the items you want, or the contractors or workers may have spoken for them, or there may be a liability issue. etc.
I know there must be more...
What other tips do y'all have?