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A tale of trash

By RodAct 9 October 2008 37

Just wanted to share my outrage and bewilderment.

Sitting here in north Canberra at my computer, I noticed a truck pull up outside the neighbour’s house.

Two men in the cabin apparently just having a rest from their busy day.

One lit up a cigarette and the other opened a tin of tuna and promptly threw the can lid on to the footpath.

I couldn’t help my red mist and went outside, walked up to the piece of litter, picked it up and said “I’ll go put this in the bin then hey mate?”

All I got was, “oh…yeah”. Unbelievable.

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dingo84 3:48 pm 14 Oct 08

bennyboi said :

Also littering at car parks is acceptable because it creates more jobs.. If people cleaned up after them selves everywhere imagine how many jobs would be redundant.

Well aren’t we lucky that you have the nations best interests at heart 😛

Overheard 7:26 am 11 Oct 08

bennyboi said :

Also littering at car parks is acceptable because it creates more jobs.. If people cleaned up after them selves everywhere imagine how many jobs would be redundant.

That’s actually a fair point. Most of the time. When the workers doing the cleaning up get paid.

My point above about returning empties (and I do a similar plea at ten to 20 festivals and other gigs every year) is that it’s volunteers who get to share the cleaning up love. At the Muse, the door bitches, the furniture setter-upperers, Jo and Tom behind the bar of the Polish White Eagle Club, the MC — we’re all volunteers, so we get the joy of cleaning up after others on our own time.

But to agree with bennyboi’s point, I’ll happily leave my rubbish under the seat at the cinema for the usher or cleaner to take care of.

Within reason. Anyone who leaves used tissues or anything else one might care to soil with your bodily fluids and secretions really needs to go to the nearest mirror and have a bl00dy hard look at themselves.

Overheard 7:19 am 11 Oct 08

BigDave said :

Reminds me of a friend of mine who was smoking a cigarette whilst doing around 60km on his bike with the visor up. The end of the cigarette blew into his eye, the visor went down and he went flying over a fence. Same thing happened to him a week later only this time it involved a large bumble bee.

BigDave, on my first day off in a very long time (why the fark am I still up at 7am?!) and last day off now for a long time, can I thank you sincerely for the body-shaking laugh which has just rearranged many internal organs. Absolutely superb.

Ja, schadenfreude is zehr gut… goede… good.

And bennyboi, I’ve absolutely caned you on another thread, but that magazine story (getting your friend to walk back a kilometre) is absolutely brilliant.

I have a good news story, friends. I was MC for a crowd of about 150-ish at the Merry Muse last night, and I made my usual, jolly request for people to clear their rubbish and take their empties back to the bar. As often, I make it one of the conditions for their getting an encore.

The bar staff were absolutely ecstatic when I walked in there five minutes after the girls (Chanel and Roz from Women in Docs, and Silas the Man in Women in Docs) got off the stage because every last bottle, can and glass was lined up on the bar, not spread around 25 tables.

Restores your faith in your fellow humans. Hmmm. Beer. Time for the last one of the night.

Absolutely superb night, by the way. Put ‘Women in Docs’ and ‘Sam Buckingham’ in your web search and smoke them.

dingo84 4:40 am 11 Oct 08

Whatsup said :

Many years ago we were in a line of vehicles waiting to pass through the gate and proceed on to the ski field. The car in front wound down its windows and proceeded to toss out all their McDonalds rubbish out both sides of the car. The parents led the way and the kids in the back seat followed the example. As the traffic was at a standstill my husband got out of the car, picked up the McD paper bag and picked up all their litter. He then knocked on the window of the car, as the driver wound it down he presented them with their rubbish bag and said ” You appear to have dropped this “. The bewildered driver nodded and mumbled something in a foreign language and accepted the bag. They may have been tourists, that kind of thing might be OK where they originated from, I will give them the benefit of the doubt. We saw them put their rubbish in a bin when they reached the carpark. Maybe they will think twice next time, maybe not.

My old land lady on Antill street used to be out housing her foot path all the time, and the garden whenever she felt like it. Certainly not in safe times as directed by water restrictions…
When authorities were called in she pretended she could not speak English, yet she seemed to have mastered it ok when shouting at me from over the fence..

Cheeky lil bugga!!

ant 10:20 pm 10 Oct 08

On the Captain’s Flat road, at a certain point, there’s often Maccas paper bags full of Macca’s litter. So, you have to assume that it’s people who live up here, chucking their crummy rubbish out.

I bet, BET their cars sport P plates.

BigDave 10:14 pm 10 Oct 08

Reminds me of a friend of mine who was smoking a cigarette whilst doing around 60km on his bike with the visor up. The end of the cigarette blew into his eye, the visor went down and he went flying over a fence. Same thing happened to him a week later only this time it involved a large bumble bee.

bennyboi 9:05 pm 10 Oct 08

Also littering at car parks is acceptable because it creates more jobs.. If people cleaned up after them selves everywhere imagine how many jobs would be redundant.

Tracker 8:50 pm 10 Oct 08

This thread is fantastic. I’m finding many of these stories to be a great laugh!

I haven’t ever noticed anyone tossing a butt etc. while I’ve been near, but I think that if it happens while I’m next to them in traffic I’ll hop of the motorbike, pick the butt up and give it back to them, without opening my visor, which they won’t be able to see through.

Friends of mine that ride have told stories of having a butt go into their helmet at traffic lights, I think if that happened I’d follow/chase the offender and, well, I’m not sure what I’d do when I caught them, but they wouldn’t enjoy it.

bennyboi 8:46 pm 10 Oct 08

worecraft said :

bennyboi said :

threw a 60 page magazine out the window like you would a piece of your big mac after eating the good bits..

What good bits are there in a big mac??

The special sauce.

worecraft 8:45 pm 10 Oct 08

bennyboi said :

threw a 60 page magazine out the window like you would a piece of your big mac after eating the good bits..

What good bits are there in a big mac??

bennyboi 8:33 pm 10 Oct 08

Was giving a lift to a friend once and they threw a 60 page magazine out the window like you would a piece of your big mac after eating the good bits..

I pulled over and made her walk a kilometer down the road and pick it up 🙂

RodAct 6:35 pm 10 Oct 08

So nice to hear some kindred spirits out there. But so sad to hear the stories too. McDonalds and others (I’m thinking cigarette companies) should be made to educate their patrons on the negative aspects of littering.

GottaLoveCanberra 5:27 pm 10 Oct 08

I was following a big stupid 4wd in Tuggers today (with NSW plates), covered in lots of silly stickers and wasn’t suprised to watch a pre-mixed drink can crushed go flying out the window.

Made me want to stop, get the can and follow them, then smash the can on their windscreen.

Tossers.

Overheard 2:14 pm 10 Oct 08

AG Canberra said :

While at my local shops I too placed the just dropped beer can back into the lap of the person in the passenger seat….who then got out of the car to reveal his full 7 foot height and 130kg weight! If I didn’t have my three year old with me at the time I reckon I wouldn’t be here to tell the tale.

Eventually the police turned up and after dispatching him they then proceeded to lecture me on just ignoring situations where people litter….sheesh!

Yeah, that’s exactly the reason I figure I’ll look at my woeful level of medical cover and opt out of most situations.

I was watching the Cashews play at lunchtime in Petrie Plaza and there were two (I shudder and revile and resile from using this phrase, but I can’t resist) typical-looking male public servants having a smoke each directly in front of Pete and Alison. I turned away and when I looked back one had finished and there was what looked like a squashed butt (ahem, so to speak) behind him. (Don’t remember if I mentioned above but I’m spectacle-less today thanks to my glasses finally giving up this am, and Murphy’s Law 229 for these 2.5 days is that my contacts are in the briefcase at home.)

So I watched Typical Pube #2 like a hawk for any sign of dropsy, and I had my line all ready (to deliver well away from the players and the punters, with all smiles, care and concern): ‘Escuse me, mate. You dropped something.’ * Point at butt * (You get my drift.)

So it cheered my little heart when he took five steps forward and put the butt in the bin. I don’t know that he stubbed it out, but I’ll offset that little extra bit of carbon for him as my good deed for the day!!

lula 2:04 pm 10 Oct 08

I work in a beautiful heritage building, with doubly beautiful heritage gardens that are meticulously cared for and look a million bucks, thick grass (don’t worry, they have water tanks), blossoms out, butterflies flying about….anyway I cannot believe the number of smokers everyday who flick cigarette butts casually onto the grass or into the flowerbeds when THERE ARE ASHTRAYS PROVIDED, and the man who looks after the gardens and picks them all up ISN’T EVEN PAID COZ HE IS A VOLUNTEER.

* steam *

Thumper 12:24 pm 10 Oct 08

I think it can be directly attributed to the IQ or genetics of people who eat McDonalds?!

There’s a thesis in them thar hills…

AG Canberra 12:18 pm 10 Oct 08

While at my local shops I too placed the just dropped beer can back into the lap of the person in the passenger seat….who then got out of the car to reveal his full 7 foot height and 130kg weight! If I didn’t have my three year old with me at the time I reckon I wouldn’t be here to tell the tale.

Eventually the police turned up and after dispatching him they then proceeded to lecture me on just ignoring situations where people litter….sheesh!

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