Food packaging waste equals to about one-third of all trash, costing governments billions of dollars each year in disposal expenses. Bored Panda has collected a set of images, proving this huge plastic waste contributor to the global waste crisis could be reduced significantly.

Product packaging solutions often become the subjects of heated debates. While the eco-minded consumers want it to be as minimal as possible (meaning fully recyclable), manufacturers often fire back that they don't want their products to start decomposing in the store or become an easy target to shoplifters and put many layers of wasteful and entirely unnecessary plastic wrapping. And while some of their arguments have reasons behind them, a lot of the time the amount of plastic wrap is needlessly excessive. Do we need a pill to be wrapped in three layers of plastic? Or, better yet, casings for coke cans?

Now, we do agree that a zero waste life can be quite challenging to lead sometimes, but it is something we should all aspire to if we don't want to evacuate from our planet Earth in the near future.

Scroll down to learn why we need to rethink packaging and vote for the worst or most ridiculous images!

#1

If Only Nature Would Find A Way To Cover These Oranges So We Didn't Need To Waste So Much Plastic On Them

If Only Nature Would Find A Way To Cover These Oranges So We Didn't Need To Waste So Much Plastic On Them

awlilnatty Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

They have only done the easiest part.. I mean peeling the cover is nothing.. remove those white stringy (apparently it's called pith, didn't know this) thing.. That would be some help.

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#2

Individually Packaged Coke Cans

Individually Packaged Coke Cans

Bri An Report

Ntosh
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow, now I am left without words except, What?

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#3

If Only Bananas Had Robust, Natural, Bio-Degradable Packaging Of Their Own. Some Sort Of Peelable Skin, Perhaps

If Only Bananas Had Robust, Natural, Bio-Degradable Packaging Of Their Own. Some Sort Of Peelable Skin, Perhaps

thenamenononehas Report

SykesDaMan
Community Member
3 years ago

OK! Now this is getting ridiculous!

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#4

The Amount Of Packaging For This One Single Pill

The Amount Of Packaging For This One Single Pill

Neglected_Martian Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow!

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#5

7ft Of Air Packaging To Protect The Socks

7ft Of Air Packaging To Protect The Socks

DeLaNate Report

Erin
Community Member
3 years ago

Now, this is just silly.

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#6

This Is Just Plain Ridiculous

This Is Just Plain Ridiculous

ProperEllipsis Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

you might say... it's.... coco-nuts! a-hahahaha...

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#7

Amazon, I Don't Think The Box Was Big Enough

Amazon, I Don't Think The Box Was Big Enough

cakalusa Report

naomi Olumbori
Community Member
3 years ago

What the hell!

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#8

I Ordered 5lbs Of Sugar Free Jelly Belly's Online... They Arrived Individually Wrapped! Why?

I Ordered 5lbs Of Sugar Free Jelly Belly's Online... They Arrived Individually Wrapped! Why?

betterdayzahead Report

Erin
Community Member
3 years ago

I think this is the most ridiculous one.

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#9

New Laptop Came With Anti-Virus Program. I Only Needed The Security Key Code Underneath A Sticker On The Bar Code. A Huge Waste Of Plastic

New Laptop Came With Anti-Virus Program. I Only Needed The Security Key Code Underneath A Sticker On The Bar Code. A Huge Waste Of Plastic

BirdNerdthe3rd Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

you could re-use the case?

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#10

Single Wrapped Potatoes

Single Wrapped Potatoes

wmyeoh Report

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

And I wonder how many totally newbies to the cooking try to microwave them in the packet.

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#11

Individually Packaged Slices Of Bread

Individually Packaged Slices Of Bread

SaveLakeCanton Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Stack of 3-4 slices in 1 would make much more sense. This is plain stupid.

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#12

Ridiculously Redundant Over-Packaging

Ridiculously Redundant Over-Packaging

NYhook Report

Eli Lynch
Community Member
3 years ago

Are they doig this to STOP theft?

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#13

This Peeled Avocado

This Peeled Avocado

Christine Kizik Report

Ntosh
Community Member
3 years ago

I would not buy this avocado. I prefer to be the one to cut it and seeded. To me this just seems like the avocado is not fresh and will spoil

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#14

A Tic Tac Novelty Box That Has 60 Individual Boxes Each With 6 Tic Tacs... So Much Plastic

A Tic Tac Novelty Box That Has 60 Individual Boxes Each With 6 Tic Tacs... So Much Plastic

Woody1992 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

and inside each tic tac lies an entire universe...

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#15

This Knife Is Far Too Small For The Packaging

This Knife Is Far Too Small For The Packaging

ferlorn Report

Miguel Macedo
Community Member
3 years ago

That's advertusing! It's made that way to make you feel insecure about yourself...😁

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#16

Amazon Sent My Bubble Wrap Wrapped In Paper

Amazon Sent My Bubble Wrap Wrapped In Paper

gtbuzztim Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

So paper also beats bubble wrap, got it..

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#17

Pre-Peeled Bananas Wrapped In Plastic

Pre-Peeled Bananas Wrapped In Plastic

BILLA Report

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't know why I am making the severe disgust face, but yerrrrk.

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#18

So Much Waste

So Much Waste

tommiedineen Report

mulk
Community Member
3 years ago

What's that?

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#19

These Organic Oranges Individually Wrapped In Plastic

These Organic Oranges Individually Wrapped In Plastic

Hockeytruck87 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

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beat they're sweating like a dog in a korean restaurant

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#20

What On Earth

What On Earth

pointless_packaging Report

Thegreatcountryofverden
Community Member
3 years ago

I... I... I have no words...

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#21

Less Waste They Say

Less Waste They Say

stuartgibson Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

top tip - leave some potatoes wrapped in tinfoil in various places around your house. then, in the event of a house fire, you'll have a delicious snack to eat while waiting for the fire brigade to arrive.

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#22

This Is Some Next Level Laziness

This Is Some Next Level Laziness

goldfishstick Report

Giorgio Prodoti
Community Member
3 years ago

I would never eat already peeled fruit.

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#23

This SATA Packaging

This SATA Packaging

doodledance Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

they should fill those pouches with helium, would reduce the weight and cost of postage. they could then float the boxes to you?

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#24

This Is Ridiculous

This Is Ridiculous

nelsons777 Report

Erin
Community Member
3 years ago

It's pretty extra if you ask me.

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#25

There's Silly Amazon Packaging But Then There's This

There's Silly Amazon Packaging But Then There's This

wargy2 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

boo!

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#26

If There's One Thing The World Needs It's More Disposable Plastic Packaging

If There's One Thing The World Needs It's More Disposable Plastic Packaging

radioactivecowz Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

i wonder how they send plastic to places?

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#27

Amazon Used Protective Packaging To Ship My Protective Packaging

Amazon Used Protective Packaging To Ship My Protective Packaging

davedawg2000 Report

Jill
Community Member
3 years ago

Inception!

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#28

These Individually Wrapped Premium Strawberries

These Individually Wrapped Premium Strawberries

hiroyamatomoko Report

Erin
Community Member
3 years ago

But they're 'fancy'!

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#29

I Purchased A Pallet At Work And It Arrived Today

I Purchased A Pallet At Work And It Arrived Today

xconverge Report

Lisa
Community Member
3 years ago

2 for the price of one!

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#30

So Much Wasted Plastic

So Much Wasted Plastic

Nice_Sandwich Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

It looks so lonely.

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#31

Opening A Box Of M&M's To Find A Bag Of M&M's

Opening A Box Of M&M's To Find A Bag Of M&M's

Caesar100 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

is a single one called an m or an m&m? asking for a friend.

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#32

These Gloves Must Be So Fragile...

These Gloves Must Be So Fragile...

golflife Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

dya reckon they get paid based on how much packaging they've sent out?

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#33

Harry & David Strawberries

Harry & David Strawberries

jiyolivewell Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

bottom one is morphing and trying to escape!

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#34

Saving The Planet With 500% More Packaging

Saving The Planet With 500% More Packaging

reddit.com Report

mulk
Community Member
3 years ago

It seems to be packaged in cardboard (perhaps recycled cardboard)...

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#35

Does Anyone (Besides Me) Think It's Odd That These Organic Free-Range Eggs Come In A Plastic Container Rather Than An Environmentally Friendly Recycled Paper One?

Does Anyone (Besides Me) Think It's Odd That These Organic Free-Range Eggs Come In A Plastic Container Rather Than An Environmentally Friendly Recycled Paper One?

tazgirl196 Report

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes, it's odd. We also buy organiz free-range eggs and they come in a cardboard box, which we then recycle.

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#36

Inside This 30 X 30 X30 Cm Box From Sun Was Another Box. Inside That, Was Another Box. Inside That Was Some Foam And An Antistatic Strap + Bag... Inside That? A Cr2302 Battery, About The Size Of An Australian 10c Coin

Inside This 30 X 30 X30 Cm Box From Sun Was Another Box. Inside That, Was Another Box. Inside That Was Some Foam And An Antistatic Strap + Bag... Inside That? A Cr2302 Battery, About The Size Of An Australian 10c Coin

Alex Dawson Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

didn't dr seuss write about this?

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#37

Festive Potatoes. Just Gonna Leave This One Here

Festive Potatoes. Just Gonna Leave This One Here

claRED_8 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate.

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#38

They Sent Me This Tiny Micro SD Card (Red Thing On The Bottom Right) In This Huge Package. What A Waste Of Plastic

They Sent Me This Tiny Micro SD Card (Red Thing On The Bottom Right) In This Huge Package. What A Waste Of Plastic

SnookiWookieCookie Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

If not for caption, I would so miss it..

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#39

Dear Amazon Packaging Dept, You May Have Gone A Bit Overboard On Protecting This Burt's Bees Lotion. I'm Not Sure That This Size Box Or This Amount Of Protection Was Needed, But Thanks For Being Over Cautious

Dear Amazon Packaging Dept, You May Have Gone A Bit Overboard On Protecting This Burt's Bees Lotion. I'm Not Sure That This Size Box Or This Amount Of Protection Was Needed, But Thanks For Being Over Cautious

Lewisbl11 Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

That tube of cream looks scared for being surrounded by those beefy Airbags.. :P

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#40

Pointless Packaging

Pointless Packaging

Kieran_Aspden Report

Eric Mikalo
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, this is creative if you ask me.

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#41

No One Wants To Avocuddle With This Much Plastic

No One Wants To Avocuddle With This Much Plastic

pointlesspack Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

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you can drive but do you....

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#42

Why Are There So Many Wrapper Layers? I Just Want To Eat Some Candy

Why Are There So Many Wrapper Layers? I Just Want To Eat Some Candy

elikessler Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

it's all part of the get healthy kick, you have to exercise a little before you get to eat it. kinda like putting your fridge up in the loft.

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#43

Impressive

Impressive

imgur.com Report

Eli Lynch
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh FFS.

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#44

Banana In A Bag

Banana In A Bag

ceyyceyy Report

Nikibini
Community Member
3 years ago

STARBUCKS SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#45

All This Packaging For A Single Mango

All This Packaging For A Single Mango

AmyW_ Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

it's enough to make a mango crazy.

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#46

Costco Packaging Is Absurdly Huge

Costco Packaging Is Absurdly Huge

congratsyoucanread Report

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

I guess that's to stop people stealing things ?

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#47

Unnecessary Packaging

Unnecessary Packaging

betinakittycat Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

Hi yeah is that the tea people? yeah, I've been dunking this bag for like, a week now and it's still not fusing. Yeah I'll hold"

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#48

If Only Garlic Had A Natural, Biodegradable Casing Instead Of Plastic

If Only Garlic Had A Natural, Biodegradable Casing Instead Of Plastic

AyeOhEwe Report

Thegreatcountryofverden
Community Member
3 years ago

It also looks like a small child.

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#49

How Extra Do You Need To Be To Buy Individual Shallot And Garlic Bulbs In Boxes Instead Of Loose?

How Extra Do You Need To Be To Buy Individual Shallot And Garlic Bulbs In Boxes Instead Of Loose?

itsfelyn Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

for when you plan to travel to Transylvania?

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#50

What's The Point Of This?

What's The Point Of This?

CobainSchofield Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

the point? it's the lead, however, it's not actually lead its more graphite mixed with some other things, but it gives the same effect. A standard pencil would write for about 35miles, but I mean, who has ever needed to draw a line that long? a marathon is only 26.219 miles long, it used to be 26, but the royal family were sitting beyond the finish line, and insisted the winners cross the line past them, so they moved the finish line. anyway, I'm rambling, how are you?

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#51

This Nerds Easter Egg Contains A Single Box Of Nerds

This Nerds Easter Egg Contains A Single Box Of Nerds

Super_Smol Report

Thegreatcountryofverden
Community Member
3 years ago

Not only is that a waste, it's a dissatpointment too. All Easter Eggs should be chocolatey.

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#52

Gummy Bear Cup

Gummy Bear Cup

Ethandrzb Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

i am disapoint .

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#53

These Tomatoes

These Tomatoes

JesHolbrook Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

anyone remember Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?

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#54

Unwrappig This Chicken Takes Longer Than Cooking It

Unwrappig This Chicken Takes Longer Than Cooking It

cDrow Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

"ya got a sequin dress for your chicken breasts" - name the song

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#55

I Ordered One Jar Of Honey Mustard And The Packaging Is A Little Excessive

I Ordered One Jar Of Honey Mustard And The Packaging Is A Little Excessive

Stoopkid17 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

how hot was the mustard??

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#56

Dear Amazon, Are You Kidding Me?

Dear Amazon, Are You Kidding Me?

amf001 Report

Adrian Abraham
Community Member
3 years ago

move your ass to the store next time

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#57

These Clementines

These Clementines

hambergerlee Report

ItsYaBoi
Community Member
3 years ago

If Wall-e is real then this is the reason why (btw plz dont get mad if I mispelled the title)

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#58

100% Compostable Pods. 0% Compostable Packaging. Good One Mcdonald's

100% Compostable Pods. 0% Compostable Packaging. Good One Mcdonald's

PM_me_your_PMs_eh Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

McCock up

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#59

Following The Post On Amazon And Their Excess Packaging... I Give You My Cellophane Roll Complete With Huge Box And 55 Feet Of Paper

Following The Post On Amazon And Their Excess Packaging... I Give You My Cellophane Roll Complete With Huge Box And 55 Feet Of Paper

AsphodelNyx Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

might've been better to go to the shops in person?

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#60

These Individually Wrapped 3-Inch Slices Of Watermelon

These Individually Wrapped 3-Inch Slices Of Watermelon

climbingup_thewalls Report

Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

this can be usefull for kids at school. school get so crazy about lunches... yesterday i give my kid a banana and he can't even throw it at school... he had the bring bad the old smelly rip banana peel at home without packaging... he lunch bag was a mess!!!

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#61

Look At These Lemons

Look At These Lemons

msorensic Report

Stef Bollen
Community Member
3 years ago

Tequila sized

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#62

A Single 6mm Earring

A Single 6mm Earring

BeerWrangler Report

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Well at least the paper will compost or recycle. ...but yeah.

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#63

Is This Packaging Really Necessary Zyrtec?

Is This Packaging Really Necessary Zyrtec?

explodr Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

you could use the packaging to make mini futuristic shrimp jellies?

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#64

Carrots In Japan

Carrots In Japan

alternulltivhamburg Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't carrot all for this.

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#65

Wholefoods Is Selling Lemongrass *in A Plastic Box* And Charging $2.99 For Essentially Half A Piece Of It

Wholefoods Is Selling Lemongrass *in A Plastic Box* And Charging $2.99 For Essentially Half A Piece Of It

cmarie_chambers Report

ItsYaBoi
Community Member
3 years ago

Life gives you lemons (and grass with it)

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#66

Single Serve Wine In Plastic Cups

Single Serve Wine In Plastic Cups

intrepidfoxwine.com Report

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually I could see myself buying this. Not wanting as much as a bottle for one drinker only.

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#67

The Ridiculous Amount Of Unnecessary Packaging This Load Of Bread Comes With

The Ridiculous Amount Of Unnecessary Packaging This Load Of Bread Comes With

blackbird9184 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

ok, I give up.

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#68

Just As Nature Intended

Just As Nature Intended

pointless_packaging Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

When life gives you lemons, you stupidly package it!

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#69

Asked For Bacon On The Side

Asked For Bacon On The Side

joantheunicorn Report

stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

on the side of what?

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#70

I've Gotta Call Out Vans On This. My One Order Arrived In Two Packages Today, About 6 Hours Apart. The Second One Was My Youngest's Teeny Tiny Old Skool Shoes Rattling Around All Alone In This Gigantic Box

I've Gotta Call Out Vans On This. My One Order Arrived In Two Packages Today, About 6 Hours Apart. The Second One Was My Youngest's Teeny Tiny Old Skool Shoes Rattling Around All Alone In This Gigantic Box