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Someone please answer me this: shoes hanging from power lines

What does it MEAN?

 

There has to be an explanation for this.  I used to see it ALL THE TIME in my old city...just shoes, sneakers, etc (shoes with laces) strung up over power lines.  It seemed that some neighborhoods had more instances of this than others, and it was always the sketchy neighborhoods.

I didn't see much of it when I moved here, but then I had to take a detour through a different part of town earlier today and I noticed a pair hanging out up there, and it made me think of it again.

I have also noticed this phenomena when I've travelled to other places.

I find it very hard to believe that people will just throw their shoes on a power line for shits and giggles, so it must have some sort of hidden meaning.  Is it a drug thing?

Googling gives me nothing.

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Re: Someone please answer me this: shoes hanging from power lines

  • I always heard it meant the house below was a drug house.

    In my town, they tend to be in places where there is no house below, so I'm pretty sure the teenage stoners here are just stupid. 

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  • i thought it meant that somebody was killed or murdered or something in that neighborhood.

     

    but thats just a guess.

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  • I've been told it's a drug thing. There's one spot in my town that has them and I know drugs go in and out of the house there.
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  • I live in a college town, and at least around here, it's done for shitz n giggles
  • I heard that it means someone was murdered??? Gang related, I think.
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  • I thought it was a gang thing, but who knows--I'm fairly out of touch with that stuff.
  • Step One in old school bullying. Knock his ass down, take his shoes, tie them together and throw them over the power lines.

    Try getting that shiit down.

    I'm sure it started in the converse days.



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  • Well shiit.  Based on how many I would see in some areas of my old city, I am never driving through there again in case it does have something to do with death.  Eeek.

    The drug thing makes sense too...that's kind of what I was wondering if it was.

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  • I thought it was something gang related, but I also kind of thought maybe that was just an urban legend.

    Now, can anyone tell me what mardi gras beads on a power line mean?  

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  • I always thought it was drug related, but then don't you think the cops would figure it out. So that doesn't seem like a good way to advertise.

    I see it in our college town a lot and can only imagine it is just drunk tom foolery as I don't think many rich, white frat boys are involved in gang banging but I could be wrong.

  • Oh!  I'm an expert on this.

    I was watching a show last week about gangs in New Orleans and they talked about the shoes.  It marks gang territories. 

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  • image hindsight's_a_biotch:

    Step One in old school bullying. Knock his ass down, take his shoes, tie them together and throw them over the power lines.

    Try getting that shiit down.

    I'm sure it started in the converse days.

    I always thought it was a bullying thing too.
  • image MaryWithoutSound:
    I live in a college town, and at least around here, it's done for shitz n giggles

    This, I work at a college.  Currently, there are two pairs dangling from the wires out front.  There is no drug house in sight, nor was anyone murdered.

  • While we're here, how about ONE SHOE on the shoulder of a highway?

    hmmm?

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  • Its where you buys the drugs, or so I've always thought...
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  • image laptopprancer:

    While we're here, how about ONE SHOE on the shoulder of a highway?

    hmmm?

    YES

    WHAT IS UP WITH THAT.

    It always skeeves me out. I am afraid I am going to see a leg attached to it.

    Jem better no come in here and tell us to google that.

  • I dropped a bowling ball on my foot one time and smashed my toe.  To numb it on the drive home, I stuck it out the window, but that made the rest of my foot cold, so I tied my sock around my foot, exposing only the broken toe.  The sock flew off in the wind.

    Every time I see a shoe or sock laying on the side of the road, I get all sympathetic that their owner encountered a similar circumstance the end. 

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  • I saw one on a powerline outside my neighborhood the other day and thought it was so strange since I've only ever heard of it being a negative thing (gang/drug related) but my neighborhood is decent and it was in front of a very wealthy persons house. Seemed so strange.
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  • image Ombligo1:

    I always heard it meant the house below was a drug house.

    In my town, they tend to be in places where there is no house below, so I'm pretty sure the teenage stoners here are just stupid. 

    I don't think it has anything to do with drugs.

    I remember seeing shoes over a line a real long time ago in a city when I was a kid...and there was no drug problem back then. hehe

  • image Ombligo1:

    I dropped a bowling ball on my foot one time and smashed my toe.  To numb it on the drive home, I stuck it out the window, but that made the rest of my foot cold, so I tied my sock around my foot, exposing only the broken toe.  The sock flew off in the wind.

    Every time I see a shoe or sock laying on the side of the road, I get all sympathetic that their owner encountered a similar circumstance the end. 

    Lmao. I always assume that there was some sort of fight in the car and the shoe was either yanked off by an older brother or something...or maybe taken from the person using it as a weapon, and then tossed out the window as an insult.
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