400 offences in 90 minutes

@ronaldinu (12439)
Malta
October 28, 2008 1:11pm CST
Four hundred people were caught littering at Valletta within the space of 90 minutes yesterday. But instead of being fined, they each received a flower from a girl guide. As part of the three-day clean-up activity organised by the environment ministry, 12 girl guides set out on a clean-up mission in Valletta. Whenever they saw someone littering, the girls, aged 11 to 13, handed them a flower with a note attached which read: "We need your help too, please do not litter." What do you think of this eductional campaign? I think this is a very good way in educating people not to litter.
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31 responses
@rsa101 (24827)
• Philippines
29 Oct 08
It's a different approach though I think it may have a different impact on each person that they would meet for some it may be offending. For some, it may not be as effective as they would repeat their offense especially those that love flowers. But I guess it is a less stressful for the police officers though.
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29 Oct 08
Hi ronaldinu, i wouldn't give them a rose I would make them pick their own litters, I think its disgusting when they drop litter, but i think it was so good of the girl guides to do that. Tamara
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Giving discipline in a positive way always works better than negative. I think that it is a wonderful way to make a point. People get ornery and defensive and when told what not to do, they think "Oh yeah, stop me!" Being a teacher, I know that positive reinforcement works better.
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@kykidd (6818)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Ha! I think that's hilarious. What a great idea! These people probably were flattered when the little girls came up and gave them the flowers. That is, of course, until they read the note attached. How embarassing that had to be! And then if anyone else saw them walking around with these flowers, they knew that those people had littered. Talk about doing some really loud finger pointing. I hadn't heard anything about this. And to be honest with you, I don't even know where Valletta is. I guess I need to look that up and educate myself. Thanks for sharing this story with us. I loved it. Have a great day!
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@EAStanley (2688)
• United States
3 Nov 08
I like this idea, too! :) I bet I would have been embarrassed, too! Of course, I do not litter, so it would have never happened to me! :) But, still, this is a very good lesson! I liked it a lot! Thank you for sharing! :)
• India
29 Oct 08
How cute!! Yup, I do think it is a nice way to educate people. :) Cheers and happy mylotting
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• Canada
29 Oct 08
Damn!! People need to stop and think about what they are doing to the environment.
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
28 Oct 08
I think this is a rather lovely idea. Littering is a REAL pet hate of mine - it makes me absolutely furious to think people would drop litter, and makes me wonder what their own homes look like. Being given a flower would surely shame people into realising what they'd done ... and if not, at least it should make them feel happy!
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@Hatley (164222)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Oct 08
hi ronaldinu yesI liked that as its a sweet way to make people notice what they are doing and would go over better than just being fined I think, It is a great way to teach people not to litter, I know I would respond more to this as I would feel ashamed if I was the one who littered and the girl guide gave me a flower.
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@munhozmib (3850)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
28 Oct 08
Hello, Ronaldinu! That is certainly a different idea for stop the littering. I mean, people will think twice before littering once more after they have received the flower. It is surely an action they did not expect. Might not work on many, though. I still think that fining should be the action taken. I mean, if the people are not scared of littering, make them pay for their actions. They want to litter? Alright, go ahead and do it. Later, you will have to pay $500 for the piece of paper you threw in the street. Are you still going to keep doing it? For every small piece, $500. The government can get that money and invest in education, health or something like that. And wow, 400 people littering in 90 minutes? I don't know why, but that number impress me. I think that here where I live there are probably more than that. Statics can be really scary sometimes, can't they? With 400 people littering in 90 minutes, imagine where we are going to end... Respectfully, Munhozmib.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
28 Oct 08
they shouldn't have to be educated to start with. i doubt giving them a flower will help.
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@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
28 Oct 08
I wonder if those persons feel embarrass for receiving a rose like that. If it was me I know that I would. This is a good way in educating people about taking care of their surroundings. Alot of time you are on the street only to see it dirty and disgusting. A clean surrounding gives one a clean Immune System until people understand that by littering they are also affecting others we will continue to have these kind of situation. The Environment Ministry should be commended.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
28 Oct 08
If people are bound and determined t litter means they don't really care about the earth and it's problems with littering and so I feel it would be like swinging at air,useless. I just hope that they might take into consideration that the future belong to the children not us and that we should do our part to make sure it is safe,clean and without as much pollution as possible so they will be able to carry on and keep the earth clean for their future generations. Alot of kids learn by what they are taught and see their parents doing if they have parents that don't care them there is a hgh percentage rate that they themselves may not care enough. SO we have to do are part and more so for those who aren't it might balance out. These kids had courage walking up to total strangers and calling them on their carelessness of littering..maybe it will make them go home and think and maybe change their littering habits in some way even if it is small.
28 Oct 08
In the UK, our politicians come up with some very crazy and out of touch ideas, but this idea seems well intentioned, well thought out and non aggressive. This approach should trigger a sense of shame and guilt within the offender, and will probably stay in their minds much longer than some policeman fining them. Can we borrow your politicians, please?
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• United States
28 Oct 08
It very well may get some people's attention better than lecturing.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
28 Oct 08
Hi there ronaldinu I think this very sweet having the girl guides do this and I hope that it made people feel really bad. I think they should have also been fined in my opinion!
@rusty2rusty (6760)
• Defiance, Ohio
28 Oct 08
I think this is a great way to help teach people to not litter. But I am wondering at the end of the show. How many of those flowers were found on the ground? Seriously, was there a count of that? And did these girls actually see these people liter or just hand these flowers out to anyone they seen? I need more info.
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@besthope44 (12141)
• India
29 Aug 10
True cleaniness is best to survive in a home and its true to earth. Saving earth from all pollutions and human threats, can pave way for our own survival.
@littleowl (7157)
12 Nov 08
Yes it is a good way to campaign on getting people not to litter but giving them a flower for doing it is like giving them an apprasail for littering,my guess they would only litter again by one throwing the flower on the path...littleowl
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
2 Nov 08
I think that was a great way to get their attention and help. I have heard that kindness will get them everytime. And also that you can catch more flies with honey than vingegar.
@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
31 Oct 08
Oh no, that's very bad.. 400 offences in 90 minutes?? That's more than enough to feed a family of 4 in singapore, if it were to happen here.. lol =D Imagine, our fine is $50 for the 1st time, and $50*40= $2000.. lol =D Thus in singapore, we hardly can find any litters.. hehe Though the campaign is good, but there will be some litterbugs whom will take advanatage of the situation by saying, there will always be cleaners to clean up, or that they, the gal guides can clean up after them.. haha