Monday, 14 May 2012
Tackle a litter lout...
Litter in this country is a national disgrace...
Do we have no pride in our surroundings? Do we not care whether we transform our towns into rubbish tips? Do we not care about the state of our communities?
So what's the answer? Well, it seems from listening to the BBC this morning that there is a campaign out there to get members of the general public to tackle people whenever they see them dropping litter. "Just tell them to pick it up" they advocate.
Well, maybe it's just me that thinks this is a bad idea. Sure, the principle is sound, but the last time I tried it I got a mouth full of abuse, two fingers and a threat to kick my fucking head in. Frankly, in the 21st century that's pretty much the response I expected.
I was reading in my local paper the other day that we have a problem in one of our villages. Seems that people have been pissing into plastic bottles and then chucking them out of car windows.
One of the local pillars of the community went out on a litter picking trip along the main road that skirts her village and was horrified to find 90 litres of human urine in bottles along the roadside. Her local council commented "The littering of bottles of urine is a national problem" which I frankly take to mean that the locals propose to do bugger all about it.
Their futile response is to tell the public to "take a note of registration numbers of any vehicles that they spot chucking litter out of their car windows so that action can be taken". Well, given that it's your word against theirs and that my neighbours would gladly report me even if I wasn't there at the time just because they hate my guts, this approach doesn't exactly fill me with confidence.
I despair of peole. People are shit. Behaviour like this just goes to prove my point...