My neighbors love me, especially when I put things like this out for trash.
Why did I put a Taito arcade cabinet out in my trash? Well, it’s a long story.
Arcades are in business to make money. When a machine no longer makes money it is either converted into something else, sold, or stripped of all useful parts (with whatever’s left going into the nearest dumpster). A few years ago one of the local arcades was parting out a few of their old cabinets and throwing the hulls away. A friend of mine was looking for an arcade cabinet for a MAME project, so we drove to the arcade in my truck and drove home with this Taito Qix cabinet. You can tell it was a Qix cabinet based on the cabinet’s color scheme.
My friend never got around to finishing his project before he moved out of state and left the cabinet behind. Hating to see a classic cabinet go to waste, I offered to sell it to another collector for my friend. The new owner paid for the cabinet, but never came to pick it up. When I pushed him on the issue, he told me to go ahead and toss it.
I ended up putting the cabinet at the end of my driveway with a sign that said “Free to a good home” and also listed it on Craigslist. When I checked on the cabinet the next day, someone had stripped all the metal and copper wires out of the machine and pushed it over, breaking some of the wood in the process. After that, the garbage was the best place for it and it was hauled off the following morning.