"That's funny, hey Bill, come see this"
"That's the shit, everyone, come check this out!"
"And so, the crab bucket begins."
When a single crab is put into a lidless bucket, they surely can and will escape. However, when more than one share a bucket, none can get out. If one crab elevates themself above all, the others will grab this crab and drag'em back down to share the mutual fate of the rest of the group.
Crab bucket syndrome is often used to describe social situations where one person is trying to better themself and others in the community attempt to pull them back down. Also often used in describing the ghettos of America (or anywhere, for that matter).
"Yeah? I hate that dude...I'ma go tell everyone he plagiarized his lyrics from 50 Cent"
"Shit man, why you gonna go and perpetuate the crab bucket? Playa-hatin' ass nigga."
2) shithole, hotel california (you can check out any time you like, but you cant never leave), facebook, small town, abusive relationship, college, Dilbertesque corpo, military
3) Originated from phenomenon of real life behavior of crabs caught in a fishing basket who could technically get out, but the ones near the edges are being pulled down by the ones at the bottom of the basket, hence noone leaves and everyone hates being there
guy2: Good thing I heard of small house movement and victory garden, they might be your way out of this shithole.