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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lazy Litterbugs

Leaving the cinema recently, I could not help but notice all the empty cups left in cupholders, and all the various wrappers left on the seats or on the floor. As I left, I placed my rubbish in the large bin conveniently positioned near the exit, and said to my friend, in a nice, loud voice, 'What's so hard about that?' It was an audacious protest against laziness which sadly fell only upon the ears of my companion.

I wonder if those who left their rubbish behind do the same thing in their homes.

I'm a neat person. I try not to spill things, and generally to minimise mess. I put garbage in garbage bins. I'm responsible with my waste, and I think  most people are, but there are enough litterbugs to successfully deface the landscape, to disgrace the surface of our planet and to compel me to write this blog post of complaint against them.

What's so hard about carrying your rubbish to the nearest bin and putting it in? Is it really too much of  a strain to carry an empty can or cup ten metres to the provided receptacle? And car tossers? Don't get me started. I've seen all sorts of crap thrown from car windows. I used to live on a main road and wake up every morning to a new collection of fast food wrappers, cigarette packets and empty bottles on my front lawn.

I could go on forever about this, in fact, I did just that in my first ever book (unfortunately and unbelievably unpublished) What's Your Problem? Anyway, let me finish by saying, that if you are a lazy slob at home, that's your choice, but if your laziness extends into the public sphere, you should reconsider your sloth and carelessness for the greater good. Do the right thing! See instruction on the right.

Do you have any examples of the laziness of litterbugs to share on Square Pegs?

7 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm from Lisa's Live Wires stopping by from the A to Z Blog Challenge. I worked in a movie theater for 5 years throughout high school and college and the amount of crap I would find would amaze anyone. I will never forget the mess that was the aftermath when "The Little Mermaid" was in the theater. People think because they paid what was then under $5 for a ticket to see a movie it means you get maid service, too. Being sensitive to the people who have to clean it up, I have taught my kids to throw the trash way. It's not hard as you said in your post!

    Thanks for posting!

    www.heathermccubbin.blogspot.com

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    1. I remember those days of $5 tickets...long, long ago. It really drives me mad how people don;t care what they do with their rubbish. Thanks for visiting, and taking the time to comment.

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  2. Litterbug, litterbug shame on you! Look at the terrible things you do! That's the little chant we had when I was a kid - so we're talking 50 years ago there was a campaign about littering and it's a shame people are still such slobs. I'll chase someone down who drops something on the sidewalk and tell them, "I think you dropped this." I'll probably get in trouble for it some day.... THanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

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    1. We had a TV ad here in Australia back in the day which showed a little kid walking up behind a litterbug just after they dropped some rubbish on the ground, pulling their pants to get their attention and pointing at the rubbish they dropped. Sadly, some people just can't be trained, or even shamed into doing the right thing. Thanks for visiting Square Pegs, and for taking the time to comment.

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  3. And worse, most of it could probably be recycled.

    2015 A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    Matthew MacNish from The QQQE

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    1. I know Matthew. It's maddening, isn't it? Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

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  4. I just came home after a week in the Arctic, where littering is totally forbidden. You're not even allowed to leave a cigarette butt out in the wilderness (I don't smoke, fortunately). The rule in the Arctic wilderness is to take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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