Litter Bugs – we start ’em young ! April 15, 2010Posted by Rambling Man in Ireland & the Irish.
Tags: environmental attitudes, littering
We start ’em young in this country, that’s for sure. And we care little, that’s plainly obvious too !
The local park on a sunny day – tons of walkers, kids, cyclists – lovely !
I speak of a chap – he was 14 or so – who can only be described as a right little scrote ! School uniform clad and munching some generic sandwich, he and his mate strolling along; he picks the paper off the sandwich and fires it without looking right over his head onto the ground.
This galls me and pushes all the right buttons – soon I have the paper in my hand and catch up to him ..
“Eh you dropped this !” says I, holding up the paper.
“No, I didn’t !” says he, sheepishly.
“Yes you f*cking well did” says I “I was 3 yards behind you! Now please put it in that bin over there!”
He refuses to take the paper back from me and mumbles something I’m sure only his mate and several near extinct species of pond scum can understand …
So I roll up the paper into a ball and push it right into the sandwich box that he’s holding …
“Put it in the bin NOW !” says I “Or I’ll report you to the council and to your school!” At this point I walked on … “F*ck sake” he mumbles after me.
I turned around in about 10 seconds and he was waiting with a defiant grin he can only have learned from his elders – he throws the paper on the ground again, this time along with the rest of his lunch, and gives me the bird.
14 or 15 years old – in a respectable school – a bin 10 yards in from of him. What to do in such cases ? Report him ? Clatter him ! Fine him ?
Modern Ireland, ladies and gentlemen ! Who gives a rat’s arse ?