Litterbugs And College Dorms

United States
March 25, 2008 10:34am CST
We live across the street from the boy's dorm. Let me tell you, it gets pretty interesting sometimes. Over the years, I've seen the boys who live in the dorms do some strange things. The latest, which isn't an uncommon act, is throwing trash from their car into the middle of the street. The boys are making their way back to school from spring break. When unloading their personal items to carry to their rooms, instead of parking in the parking lot and walking a few extra steps, they park on the street and toss the items they are taking to their rooms over the fence. Along with unloading their personal belonging, some of them who have little respect for much of anything, toss whatever garbage they might have collected either at the curb, or on the grass. Yesterday, I watched 3 boys unload. One of the boys tossed his collection of garbage on the street just behind his vehicle. I was instantly angry toward his actions. I went outside to sit on the front porch and my husband asked me what I was doing. In a loud enough voice I knew the boys could hear me, I said, "I'm watching the little boys toss their garbage out". Each of the boys turned to look at who made the comment. One boy went back to what he was doing while another one jumped the fence and went inside. The third boy continued to carry his items into his dorm room, but after he was finished, he sheepishly walked outside the fence and picked up the trash the other boy left. He waved at me, hopped the fence with trash in tow and took it inside his dorm room. So what's my point? I believe the actions of these and other 'little boys' is many times, a reflection of thier upbringing. Either that, or they are extremely lazy and disrespectful. If you are a parent of a college kid who has plans of living at the dorm, I wish you would teach your kids not to litter. If you are a college kid yourself, please respect yourself enough to pick up your trash and carry it to the trash can, instead of litter up respectable people's neighborhood. If I have to come over and pick your trash up for you, you're not going to like what I have to say to you, and neither will your parents.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
25 Mar 08
Good for you Terri and it sounds like the one kid actually did have good upbringing, but peer pressure sometimes effects those who do know right from wrong.. I am pretty sure my 2 kids not living at home know better and I am 100% sure my 18 and 5 y/o know, especially the 18, it was she that talked me into cleaning up our road years ago..
• United States
25 Mar 08
You be sure and tell her I said, "thank you". It's not too often you find younger kids who think the way she does.
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• United States
25 Mar 08
I did and you know what she told me? She brought up other guys, her Dad included, where she is in the car with them and she has trash and they tell her to just throw it out the window..She said she tells them "No", including her Dad.
• United States
26 Mar 08
She deserves an award...!!!
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
26 Mar 08
I think your message is a good one for anyone to heed, not just college students!!! I see students litter all the time and it bothers me too. I just wish I didn't have to live on campus. Thanks for taking a stand and making a point!!!
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• United States
26 Mar 08
Living across the street from the (boys) dorm has certainly been educational for me.