Sometimes I think of writing a post only to find someone has already done it.
Freecycle is about reducing waste. Yes the recipients get something for nothing, but that is a side effect not the purpose of the community. It’s about making sure that useful things that don’t get used, and are unlikely to get used again become useful rather than taking up space in cupboards or landfill. It’s not a place to get people to take away your rubbish for free, nor is it in any way about hard luck cases finding nice people to give them things.
It’s unpleasant to read some of the emotional blackmail on there. If I have something to give away I hate going by the stories because I don’t like to disadvantage those who have more pride than to tell their life stories to a total stranger.