Friday, April 30, 2010

Don't Be A Litter Bug

I live in a city. It's a small city but a city nonetheless. And if you ask most of my family (who all live in the country), they think it's the big bad scary city. Glad they never came to visit me on the Hill in DC! Anyway, my purpose for pointing that out is to mention that many blocks are a mix of residential and business. I live two buildings from a nice Italian restaurant and then there are many homes and then a block away are three pizza shops. Because in NY, you don't order a pie. You walk down the street to "get a slice." And that is where the divide comes in. Some (say, me for example) sit at tables and eat their slice of pizza in the restaurant. Then another culture of folks like to walk around the streets to eat their food. And when they are finished eating, they like to toss the unwanted crust and paper products down on the street and sidewalk. This is not a NY thing either. When I lived in DC, the same cultural group would do that with chicken wings. I know this because I have a dog and her best command is "drop it" in reference to the crap people toss down on the sidewalks. "Come" and "stay" mean not a whole lot to her but "drop it" has a 98% return rate.

So the other day I was walking the pup and in front of me was a mother and a young (four years old maybe?) little boy. He finished his food and she kept saying, just throw it (the paper napkin) it down, just throw it down. On the damn sidewalk!! They had just passed a trash can (not more than 5 feet away) and were coming up on another trash can. But she kept demanding that he just throw it down and he kept asking, "on the sidewalk??"

I know that nothing is more annoying that some stranger butting her head where it doesn't belong but I just had to. So Sadie and I sped up and I said, "hey buddy, there's a trash can right there to throw it in. You don't want to be a litter bug, right?" The mom gave me dagger eyes, but come on! That's just ridiculous!! Sometimes you just have to say something. I said it in a very cheerful voice and I tried not to be rude. Clearly the mother is long gone but it's not too late for the little kid to learn that trash cans are indeed for....wait for it.... trash. Sheesh!

16 comments:

anonymous prep said...

I cannot understand why people think it's acceptable to throw things on the ground like that! It makes me scared to see their homes or their cars. I can't believe the mother was encouraging litter - my mom would have had a fit if I ever did something like that.

Torch Lake Prep said...

Completely agree with you !! It's most likely the same people who throw cigarette butts out the car window-my big pet peeve.

Sherrie said...

Good for you! The mom sounds like an imbecile.

MMW said...

Good for you! I hope that little boy grows up remembering this experience with you - when a lovely lady told him to use the trash can!!!

What is that mom thinking?

Preppy in Pink said...

THANK YOU

Emily said...

I always say things like that!! An unfortunate amount of english people also seem to think its fine to throw rubbish out of their moving cars (!!) its deff one of those "if only I was a police car" moments haha!

The worst for me however is people who don't return their shopping trollies to the bays - I'm always calling people out on that! Some people hey?!

Seersucker Scrapper said...

Your better than me. I probably would have ended up saying something to the mother.

Good for you!

Annabel Manners said...

That is just absurd! That poor child - this is probably the least of her parenting shortcomings...

Susan said...

You're too nice. I would have had a few extra choice words for mommy dearest.

Stacy said...

seriously? that's crazy. what's funny is that the kid knew inherently that it was wrong of his mom to say throw it down.

Pink Maple said...

I can't believe that parent is teaching her kid to just throw things on the street - how awful! It also drives be bonkers when people throw things out their car windows!

thepreppyprincess said...

This reminds me of the old equation: litter=lazy. I don't get it at all.

Smiles at you Miss Crocodile,
tp

KK said...

You did the right thing, how ridiculous

Sara said...

Good for you! That is a bit ridiculous...she's encouraging her kid to throw down the same trash that I'm having to discourage my kid from picking up & playing w/! LOL

Jessica said...

I haven't visited your blog in sooo long -- sorry for the absence. I just came over here tonight to catch up, and I'm completely taken in by the second post I read. Gosh, what's going on with people (parents?) who teach their kids to litter? That's so frustrating! I think you and Sadie did a great thing with your helpful suggestion about the trash can.
My dog is perpetually hunting for chicken bones in DC. What is it with this city and chicken bones?! I thought I was just being really weird and nit-picky about the chicken bones but now I know that I'm not the only person who's noticed it. It's kind of nice to have someone affirm that there really is a gross chicken bone problem in this city.

Janine Claire Robinson said...

I so know what you mean! Here in South Africa we have that very same "culture group" alive and well in our midst. We saw a man doing the same the other day and my hubby politely asked him why he just threw his trash on the floor. His response - "It doesn't matter. Someone else is paid to pick it up. There must be some work for them to do." Say what!!! How do you change that kind of mentality? Just crazy. Janine

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