When was the last time you saw someone throw a piece of trash out of their car window?
I hope it’s been a long time, because I recently witnessed this disrespectful act and it was like someone punched me in the gut.
I was driving down the freeway and the driver of the car in front of me rolled down their window. That didn’t get my attention, but when they stuck out the empty water bottle, twirled it around like a lasso, and then let it go…GUT SHOT.
I think I actually said out loud, “Are you kidding me? Did that really just happen?” (I actually included some colorful language in there as well. I’ll let you add those yourself when you close your eyes and actually visualize someone being this rude.)
I guess I really shouldn’t be shocked. Just pay attention as your driving down the road and look at all the trash. It had to get there somehow, right?
Sacks of fast food.
This was a continuous whack of a baseball bat to the face.
It was nothing short of unbelievable
The bed of my pick-up was full. We had a few large items (boards, logs, pieces of tires, etc.), but most of it was trash.
• Every fast food restaurant was represented, with Taco Bell winning, hands down. (“What should I do with this hot sauce packet? Hell, I’ll just throw it out the window.”)
They are Taco Bell-eating smokers, who like to read the newspaper and scratch off their lottery tickets on the way home from the liquor store. During the drive home, they are throwing back a couple colds ones, some of them are stripping, and they’re ALL being disrespectful and lazy pigs.
Again, it’s unbelievable.
As the residents of the near-by neighborhoods drove by us that morning, where they thinking to themselves, “Hell, I should throw MORE crap out the window. Those poor schmucks will clean it up.”
When are people going to take pride in our town and cities? When are they going to take pride in their neighborhoods? When are they going to stop being lazy – not to mention disrespectful and rude?
When are our city officials going to hold people accountable? When are other people going to confront these litter pigs and let them know that enough is enough?
As I think back to my water bottle cowboy, who twirled his trash before letting it fly…what could I have done? Chase him down? Cuss him out when he got out of his car? Picked a fight and got my butt beat?
I guess if I’m not willing to do that…I should check the local calendar for Trash Bash 2009, huh?