South Carolina Reddit Users Vote To Remove Worst Counties
In a highly entertaining chain of posts on Reddit, netizens are voting to “delete” their least favorite South Carolina counties – and the results have been mesmerizing.
During the last 15 days, a Reddit user posted a thread each morning asking people to post which county in SC is most deserving of removal and the county mentioned in the comment with the most upvotes (which are “likes” in the world of Reddit ) is deleted.
It’s a bit like March Madness, but a la Reddit.
The posts are loaded with a massive amount of unfiltered information and compelling snippets about some of the state’s most interesting corners.
As you can see from the map above, Upstate is by far the hardest hit area in the state with several counties removed … so far.
Here’s everything you didn’t think you needed to know about the first 14 counties to be “deleted”.
1. Horry County (354,081 inhabitants)
Much to anyone’s surprise, Horry County, the home of the Dirty Myrtle, was the first to be annexed.
“Myrtle Beach is do not popular among Southern Carolinians. If you live here you know where the actual beaches are, ”one person said. “Only Ohioans and spring break chads like Myrtle.
“Locals call him the Dyrtle, short for Dirty Myrtle,” one Reddit user said. “We don’t care for being SC’s gift shop (a little shady, shoddy, everything is overpriced, and you don’t know who the screaming running kid is).”
Horry County is also home to South Carolina top 2 worst cities for crime – Atlantic Beach and Myrtle Beach.
2. County of Chester (population 32,244)
Chester County – where a fugitive charged with four murders has just been arrested – was elected South Carolina’s second county to be suppressed.
Chester has been rocked by controversy in recent years. Her old sheriff was fair condemned of several corruption charges. He was the 13th South Carolina sheriff to be convicted of a felony in the past 10 years.
3. Pickens County (population: 126,884)
The woman who accidentally set herself on fire survived, by the way, but Pickens’ reputation did not.
“Pickens is a black eye on the upstate!” one Reddit user said.
4. Lee County (population: 17,365)
Lee County – which was called “a rusty tractor with a zip code – was the next to retrieve the trunk.”
Lee County is also one of the most obese and poorest counties in South Carolina.
5. County of Dillon (population 30,689)
“The most notable thing about this is a decrepit tourist trap that’s very problematic,” one Reddit user said of Dillion County (the second poorest county in South Carolina).
6. Laurens County (67,493 inhabitants)
Commentators have mentioned that while Laurens County’s history is bad, its present isn’t much better. Recently, former sheriff Ricky chastain (aka the sexting sheriff) earned infamy by impregnating a coworker and driving her to Charlotte, NC for an abortion (in her patrol car).
7. Union County (population: 27,316)
“How was Union not the first ?! The place is like the third world county of SC.
Others said the Union was ‘nothing but red mud and cows’ and ‘a bunch of crack heads’.
Like many counties on this list, Union has recently had sheriff issues. Union County Sheriff suspended David taylor was indicted on multiple charges last year.
The Union is also the 15th poorest county in South Carolina.
8. Orangeburg County (population: 86,175)
After the Upstate was nearly emptied, voters chose Orangeburg County as the ninth county to go.
“The amount of crackheads, racists of all colors, abandoned buildings, dilapidated trailers, horrible roads / drivers and trash-worthy food is astonishing,” one commentator said. “Most nights I pray to be the victim of a stray bullet from a human who repeatedly and aimlessly fires his gun in the middle of the night, just to get me out of my misery. F * cking nuke this county. “
Orangeburg is the eighth poorest county in South Carolina. If you drove I-26 between Columbia and Charleston, you went to Orangeburg County.
“The worst part of driving in Hilton Head is having to drive through this shitty county,” another commentator said of Orangeburg.
9. Anderson County (population: 202,558)
Anderson County was the 10th county to be eliminated.
Why? Well, several people have claimed to have been ticketed in Anderson County.
Other reasons were more personal.
“An Anderson stripper stole money from me in college. I didn’t even go to a strip club, I was at f * cking Waffle House and she randomly sat with us… We weren’t even at Anderson! The county just reached out to fuck me the night away.
Also Christian exodus movement has been mentioned.
10. Calhoun County (14,553 inhabitants)
Calhoun County – which apparently has a lot of speed cameras – was the 10th county to sink.
Calhoun is located just southeast of Columbia, and is also quite a must-see for anyone driving between Charleston and Columbia.
Many people contested the name of the county – after the death of the US vice president John C. Calhoun, who was a strong supporter of slavery.
11. Cherokee County (57,300 inhabitants)
Cherokee County – the home of Kevin Spacey’s fictional character in “House of Cards” – was the 11th county to be cut off.
“Cherokee County set the bar so low that James Cameron filmed The abyss over there, ”one person commented.
Another person said the giant peach was Cherokee County’s only advantage “and only because it looks like a giant ass.”
12. Marlboro County (26,118 inhabitants)
Marlboro – the county with the lowest percentage of people with a diploma – was the 11th county to be cut.
Named after the Duke of Marlboro, the county was chosen because there is “nothing there” and people hate to drive there.
Some have pleaded for Pee Dee County because the comedian Aziz AnsarI was born in Bennettsville and attended Marlboro Academy.
But it was not enough.
“Oh, I love this guy. But some sacrifices have to be made, ”said one person.
13. Allendale County (population 9,024)
“This place has nothing to offer,” one Reddit user said of Allendale. “Crappy infrastructure, crappy schools, no industry. This place is a human desert. Get it off the map today !!!!!! “
Allendale County is also home to (allegedly) shady politicians.
Earlier this month, an Allendale city councilor accused of sexually assaulting a child while sleeping was arrested and charged. Two other Allendale politicians recently pleaded guilty steal federal funds.
14. Edgefield County (population: 27,260)
“Edgefield County is the home of Preston Brooks, Ben Tillman, Strom Thurmond and a whole bunch of other racists and terrible people,” one Reddit user commented. “It’s high time for Edgefield to go.”
“The fact that I went to Strom Thurmond High School is enough to kick Edgefield out and yet I’m a little saddened to see him disappear, ”said another.
Some have argued that the scenery in Edgefield is nice, but that is not enough.
“They also have a prison where Larry lawton was mistreated while serving his sentence there, ”added one person.
Well people have spoken and the map looks like this…. (until now)
Looks. of the last Publish, it looks like Colleton and Bamberg could be next on the chopping block.
The Lowcountry holds up well to the competition, but anything can happen on the Internet.
FITSNews will keep an eye on this thread until the last county is chosen. Stay tuned….
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NOTE: A previous version of this story said that Bamberg County was rejected as # 15. This was a mistake and the author apologizes to the people of Bamberg County.