Today my husband and I were driving down the street and a woman in the car beside us flicked her cigarette (lit of course) out of her window and onto the street. What can people who do these kinds of thing be thinking? Who do they think cleans up after them? Have they no respect or civility? I have even seen people dump entire filled ashtrays out of their car windows. Imagine if everybody did this. Smokers aren't the only people who do these kinds of ignorant things, but I get so tired of seeing them, no matter who does the evil deed!
Another of my favorites are parents who place their diapered infants on the counters where people order food or on the tables where they eat. Who knows what's in those diapers? Who wants to be next in line after them and have their possibly tainted food served to them. YUCCHH!
Are we becoming a society of uncivilized, uncaring and ignorant people? I'm seeing more and more behaviors like this, and frankly, they make me want to never go out in public.
What say you and what is your favorite turn off??
Almost as disgusting is the way people spit their bubble gum onto the pavements. The streets are littered with little white blobs of white gum.
When I used to teach school, gum was a no-no but kids chewed it anyhow. Then they would hide it by sticking it under the tops of their desks. When I caught kids with gum in their mouths, I gave them a scraper and gave them the lovely job of cleaning the gum off of the desks.
They thought that was the janitor's job...I taught them that it was their job if they were going to do something so disgusting.
Worked every time!
Nice one! I wonder if teacher's would be allowed to give a child a scraper these days, health and safety gone crazy!
Probably not. I started doing that after I was banned from making the chewers wear their gum on their noses. I was accused of humiliating the kids, but nobody seemed to see a problem with kids breaking school rules and/or gumming up and making classrooms less healthy!
Amazing, they ban teachers these days, instead of the kids!
LOL, reminds me of Willy Wonka's means of dealing with spoilt kids!
They don't think.
They don't care.
They have no respect.
And they breed.
The litter thing does my head in also, especially when its dumped in the countryside. I've also seen kids come out of a store and throw ice-cream wrappers beside a bin! "These people" don't seem to think about their actions, and their lack of concern and respect, and overall bad attitude probably applies to all aspects of their lives... so blame the parents and their upbringing! (Some kids though are heedless and no amount of good parenting makes them turn out ok) I often wonder what these people's homes are like. Are they nice and clean, or do "these people" throw stuff everywhere at home also? The attitude is like, "I'll litter the street because someone will always clean up after me". If litter wasn't picked up and allowed to accumulate, would they eventually get the message?
Another thing which annoys me is people who natter to shop assistants after making a purchase, totally oblivious to the line of people waiting to be served. When this happens, I normally dump my stuff onto the counter and say to the assistant "Are you on a break?"!
It's the parents fault. Sometimes when I see a child mouth off to his or her parent it infuriates me. The most important thing we can teach our children is to respect each other. The trash talk you see on television and sporting events is disgusting and an open ticket for them to emulate. I raised three boys and there were three things I hammered home on them and that is you work for what you get, you give the same respect you wish to receive and you pay for your mistakes.
One of my sons was on a visitation with his mother and took a friend with him. They were about 13 or 14 years old. They decided to light some matches in a dry field which caught on big enough to bring the fire department out to put it out. They burned about a quarter of an acre. When I found out I called the other boys Mom and told her I was going to the owner of the land to see what he wanted to do. She was irate that I would rat the children out saying that it might impact them the rest of their lives. I told her they should have thought of that in the first place and that maybe this was the best lesson they could learn. I went to the farmer who said it was okay and not to worry about it. He was a nice old guy in his 90's. I insisted that they at least help him around the farm in payment. He said they could help him with the straw and feeding the pigs. They spent the summer there and guess what they never did anything like that again. There has to be consequences for your actions to change negative behavior. Otherwise it builds and builds until it cannot be helped.
Drivers who are aggressive and show not an ounce of courtesy. I just passed a few coming into my office. If I was as aggressive, our front bumpers would have crashed. Instead, I just squeezed through and gave him the stiff hand friendly wave. Why is it so hard to wait? Why can't both of us move over on a narrow street and give each other the friendly wave? I don't understand why people are so mean. Sigh. Off to see clients now. Thanks for asking.
The cigarette thing drives me cray, but, sadly, I have seen far worse here in Oakland. For some reason people love to roll up on a parking space and just dump out all of their trash from their car. It is usually fast food trash. I think somehow they have convinced themselves that it is ok because there are street cleaners!!!!
On the traffic one... I have an 18 minute bike ride to the gym and usually get cut off or turned in front of my about 5 people, mainly cars, but often cyclists. People are, unfortunately, just selfish!
I am so glad I moved back home far out in the country and do not really need to go into town but for supplies occasionally. The most that I see are wildlife adventures in the food chain right in the backyard. That does bother me somewhat but its a part of the cycle of life.
In my neighborhood, a lit cigarette could be a lot more of a problem than just littering. That is a very dangerous habit.
I agree. It really amazes me that people see all the advertising about the dangers of smoking, and yet they still do it. And the price!!! Yikes! I think a pack of cigarettes costs around $5. If you smoke a pack a day, you're spending more than $1800 a year! All just to kill yourself!
And then they don't have money for health insurance, end up in the ER, etc., and the rest of us have to pay for their care.
What's wrong with this picture!
A friend of mine who worked at a trauma center said that some patients were so addicted that even if they had trach's in their throats...they smoked through the trachs. Can you believe that?
Sometimes I think we're living in a world full of morons.
A few years back, someone tossed a lit cigarette out of a car into my neighbor's yard. It started a grass fire that burned a couple of acres of drought parched land and headed toward my property line. The whole neighborhood got out there with buckets of water and tried to contain it until the volunteer fire department could get there.
One small thoughtless act nearly destroyed our homes.
Christmas before last I spent in London. All over, everywhere, North, South, East and West of the Greater London area, the pavements are covered with whitish blobs. I wondered what it was. Asked a couple of people. "Is it bird droppings?"
"No, it's chewing gum!" Can you imagine? It would cost millions of pounds to clean up the mess. People of London have got used to it, don't notice how disgusting the streets have become... and this is in a so-called civilised country.
They don't know!
The sin is ours for not enlightening them in these issues.
Teach thy brethren how to, and how not to, and thou shalt be saved (from them of course!)
I wrote a hub on this very thing! It is a huge issue and the people who do it seem to have no idea what biodegradable means or what a problem they are creating. I'm with you on this one.
I was driving at night on the freeway a few years ago. It was very warm outdoors so I had the windows and skyroof open. A flicked cigarette came through my passenger window and hit my face, then landed on the seat. It took me a few minutes to slow down (I was in the left lane of a 4 lane highway traveling faster than 60 mph) and get to the breakdown lane so I could put out the smoldering fire on the seat and get water onto my face. Never drove with windows open after that.
You are correct, our society as a whole continually disregards the rights of others. It has become every person for themselves to the point of the complete break down of what has always separated us from the animals:empathy.
I also came across such weird people. For 20 years or more, I had been living amongst places where people used to chew paan (betel leaves with tobacco powder) and spit red colour all around their seats or walls. It was very horrific for me and my family, but very normal thing for those people there.
And I have seen people throwing banana skins and empty water bottles from running cars on to the streets or pavements without caring for passers-by.
I wonder, how uncivilised they are.
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