Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

Litter

What the hell is wrong with people in the United States? Why is it acceptable to throw trash on the ground at all? Last weekend I was in Berkeley and a guy was crossing the street opening a pack of cigarettes. First he removes the wrapper and then tosses it on the ground. Then he removes the inner foil and throws it on the ground. All this as he’s crossing the street and walking right at a trash can. Why dump it when he could have just put it in the rubbish bin. I actually felt like taking a bat and beating him until he learned not to litter, but that would make me no better than him. Today a woman walking down the street finished a drink and tossed the container against a building. Huh? Just carry it until you get to throw it out. It’s not that hard. The cap of all of this was at the taco truck. They not only are parked right next to a city provided trash can, but they also provide their own trash can to make sure there isn’t an overflow. A guy gets his food, squeezes some lime on top and then tosses the lime half on the ground. He was standing right next to the trash can. When I asked him why he did that he told me to mind my own business and started stuffing his face with his tacos. When his back was turned I picked up the lime half and slipped it into his backpack. We’ll see how he likes my own business. I’ve already mentioned that New Zealand was clean. It was damn clean where I went. Now on my return to the US I’m finding I am totally disgusted by the litter and trash and disregard for society. I don’t know what has caused it, but it makes me sick to think about it. What is it? Race? Economic status? Upbringing? Some combination of the three? Do people feel slighted and like they’re rebelling against the authority rather than slowly destroying their own homes? I hate to say this, but trying to find a job in New Zealand is looking better and better. I’m sure society in NZ isn’t ideal or perfect and has its share of problems too, but it sure seems like a great place to live.