In the eyes of many people, staying at home all day in corona times is simply “garbage”: That is why even going to the garbage can becomes a highlight against the isolation killer for which people all over the world are now pretending.
They publish the photos of their “garbage” outfits in online services such as Facebook and Instagram to cheer up others who also suffer from curfews. Whether in evening dresses, a teddy bear costume or in full superhero gear – thousands use the path between the front door and the garbage can as a catwalk.
Like 30-year-old Victoria Anthony, who published a photo of herself in a cocktail dress on Instagram under the hashtag #BinIsolationOuting (in German: Garbage Can Isolation Outing). “As crazy as I feel to dress up at home, it’s the only thing that keeps me sane during isolation,” said the Sydney DJ, whose music performances have all been canceled due to the pandemic. “Rolling out my garbage can in style makes me happy again,” she explains.
The trend started in Australia, but quickly gained fans all over the world: bus driver Stuart Cunningham from Glasgow in Scotland posted a picture of himself rolling out the garbage cans in a kilt with a bottle of whiskey. And Christine Leland published a photo of her husband wearing a Superman t-shirt, wig and red towel as a cape pushing a garbage can through the Canadian snow.
“A friend posted a post on her Facebook page saying she was thrilled that it was garbage night and she should go out,” said AFP news agency Danielle Askew. The 47-year-old kindergarten teacher from the Australian state of Queensland then asked her friend to dress up. She would do the same and set up a Facebook group where they can laugh together. The group now has 470,000 members. Askew said she was happy to have “cheered up so many people”.
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