The Cost of Littering

Of all the errors that people commit on a daily basis, littering IS the worst offence.

A true measure of a persons caliber, or lack there of, littering is the single most determining factor of the lack of a proper upbringing, or even proper social and moral values.

In malls, it is not uncommon to see a person lay their trash to the side of the banisters, afraid to hold onto it for a couple more meters in order to find a trash can.

It is not uncommon to see a person drop a tissue on an escalator, and just walk away as if they are oblivious to how it got there.

It is not uncommon to see a father litter in front of their child, in plain view of everyone in the street.

The worst of the worst littering offence has to be of course those that litter from their moving vehicles. Just yesterday at a traffic light I stood beside one individual, a passenger, that had their leg up on the chair and was throwing seeds out of the window. Add to that of course the occasional tossed cigarette butt, but most peculiar of all was one time spotting someone tossing orange peels! Bananas, OK, but oranges? No way!

It is a true mark of ignorance, of barbaric, uncivilized behavior, to find someone littering in full view of everyone. It is our misinformed attitudes and preconceived notions that someone will pick up after us, whether it was our parents that instilled this in us via years of pampering, or the concept of having maids around the house. This archaic thought process needs to be abolished. In the greater scheme of things, you are your own maid, it is your responsibility to keep your surrounding area clean; cleanliness is next to godliness, as the saying goes.

I have been adopting a litter-free lifestyle for a while now, always holding on to my trash or keeping it inside my car (neatly, mind you) until such time that I happen across a trash bin, however, like all people, I am weak. Earlier this week I succumbed to the temptation of throwing a tissue and a few receipts out of my car, it was near a trash pile, that counts right?

Much to my chagrin, as soon as I tossed the papers and tissues near the dump, I hear the familiar “clink” of a coin landing on the ground. Then it hit me, amidst the rubbish there was a 100fils coin, I had paid for my sin. It would have looked comical for me to stoop there and attempt to retrieve the coin, so I sufficed to pick up the tissue and papers, and walk to the nearest bin, writing off that 100fils to misfortune and a lesson well learnt.

In closing, the mark of any civilized person is how they act when they are not seen, respect the fact that littering is unbecoming and start picking up your own mess today.

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