We were on my balcony last Sunday afternoon, enjoying the relatively nice weather, when my friend said: “What a pig! Look at this, the guy just emptied the garbage from his car right out on the street when he stopped at the stop sign!” I looked over at the nearby stop sign intersection and, sure enough, there were a few empty drink containers and some other garbage laying on the street in the middle of the intersection and a mid-size family sedan speeding away.
I’ve seem this many times before. For some reason the most popular spot for people to throw out their car garbage is on highway off-ramps controlled by traffic lights. People drive on the 401, get off, stop at the lights and decide that this is a perfect spot to get rid of their trash. It’s a mystery to me, but the side of the road at these spots is usually blanketed with litter.
Another day, a few months ago and on my balcony again, I saw a taxi driver, who was waiting for his fare on our driveway, decide to clean his car and deposit all his garbage on our lawn. Now, for a professional driver to decide do leave his trash on customer’s property is beyond stupid. What motivates these people? What do they think? Aren’t they embarrassed or afraid that somebody might see them?
This may be a sign of old age, but I remember when I first came to
more than 30 years ago the sides of the highways were squeaky clean and the grass always mowed. I guess those days are over, but with the proliferation of cell phone cameras we should be snapping pictures of these idiots and publishing them somewhere. Anyone has any ideas? Toronto