Liter Bug Mentality

@dorianna (512)
United States
November 15, 2015 4:38pm CST
I love nature. I am a walker, enjoy taking long walks. When I walk, I revel in the climate, the sun, the breezes, flowers and trees and the animals one may see. Since I walk daily these things are a great source of pleasure and relaxation to my soul. One thing that troubles me and puts a damper on the enjoyment is the amount of liter that covers the streets, parks and trails. Even where the juxtaposition of trash receptacles is adequate I see folks throw soda cans and food packaging on the grounds. And many do not pick up the waste from their pets. I do not understand such a mentality. What do these individuals think about when they deface the earth in such a fashion? How do they justify trashing the grounds? I know much of it starts in how you are trained at home. But do not public organizations teach against littering. As a child I can remember hearing about it at school. With all the discussions on green living, why is it that people can talk about global warming or recycling and walk out of their home and throw their coffee cup on the ground, possibly without giving it a second thought. This same individual may be actively involved in an organization in the community encouraging green living. Sort of contradictory behavior. What do you think on the subject? Does littering bother you as much as it does me? Do you think they give thought to what they are doing? Does the liter go unnoticed by some people?
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
15 Nov 15
You can be fined for being a litter lout in England.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
15 Nov 15
That is good. Does it keep the liter down considerably? Many of the states have liter laws but are not well enforced. I don't think they ticket/fine very often if at all. I wish they would get stricter.
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@jaboUK (54336)
• United Kingdom
15 Nov 15
@dorianna The trouble is that they are not often caught, but I think it does act as a bit of a deterrent.
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@rebelann (41920)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Nov 15
Catching them in the act is the toughest part @jaboUK & @dorianna but even so even those in law enforcement are known to litter, what then.
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@rebelann (41920)
• El Paso, Texas
15 Nov 15
I think it's time law enforcers take littering seriously and start issuing tickets. Now there is one aspect I don't get, since bears, wolves, deer, moose, rabbits and mice do it why is it wrong for our pets to do it?
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
15 Nov 15
I agree with you about law enforcement and tickets. While I am not one to push for more laws and policing, there are some situations where people will not do right unless it affects their purse.
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@rebelann (41920)
• El Paso, Texas
16 Nov 15
When you consider the overpopulation situation and the social probems that causes then more policing is inevitable @dorianna with over population comes higher poverty which breeds higher criminal activity, as history has proven.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
16 Nov 15
@rebelann Crime statistics show more policing does not really stop crime. There is just as much or more crime than there ever was. More policing generally only oppresses the innocent for the criminal mind just ignores it.
@TheHorse (67111)
• Pleasant Hill, California
17 Nov 15
Yes, it bothers me! We have a lot of it here in the United States, and it is quite frustrating.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
17 Nov 15
It certainly detracts from the beauty and enjoyment of a walk on a beautiful day, doesn't it.
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@T_gray (7808)
• Salina, Kansas
16 Nov 15
A lot of people don't care about littering. I personally hate it. I really think cops should start fining like the law says
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
16 Nov 15
my sentiments exactly
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
16 Nov 15
No I do not like littering, and I am a committed recycler. I think the litter louts as we call them here are unlikely to be "green " in any way
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
16 Nov 15
I cleaned houses for a living before retirement. I remember homeowners with their bins for recycling. Some of these clients became friends so I got to know the entire family. Not all of course, but I recall a few of them had teenage children who were notorious for throwing their empty soda cans and food packaging on friend's lawns and driveways. Littering is done by all sorts of people from all walks of life from what I have seen.
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@1hopefulman (29967)
• Canada
15 Nov 15
I wish it was not so but I think that many people just don't care.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
15 Nov 15
yes, I am inclined to agree with you
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@cahaya1983 (10051)
• Malaysia
16 Nov 15
It bothers me very much. Apparently some people think it's a humongous effort to just throw trash in the bin. But I doubt that people who have a habit of doing this care much about being environmentally conscious and all that.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
16 Nov 15
You are right. Makes me wonder if they care about their fellow man as well. It is extremely selfish to litter and make the rest of us endure their trashing of the earth.
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