Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Jul 18, 2003.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    do you litter? if so, why????

    living in NYC this has become an unbelievable peeve of mine.

    late last nite i bought a slice of pizza and sat in my car to eat it. in front of me was a brand new car, with 2 very pretty, very made up girls, also eating. i see a water bottle go out the driverside window. passenger side, a bag goes out the window. door opens, and ashtray gets emtied then napkins out of both sides. a cigarette box. in about 5 minutes, they had a pile of garbage around them, and yes, of course, there were garbage cans about 10 feet away.

    this is common here. i know it's not tolerated in other cities. do these people have no respect for themselves and their surroundings??? are they just so self obsessed and absorbed that it means nothing at all to them. it seems so arrogant, disrespectful, uncaring, brainless......

    WATTSAMATTER WITH ALL YOU LITTERERS!!!!!!!!!!:mad: :crying: :spit:
  2. lil_bass_boy

    lil_bass_boy Banned

    Oct 25, 2001
    Maryland, USA
    Yeah. Here is Maryland we have a $500 fine or so for littering. But even with that, there are still heaps of trash on the sides of the roads. It really makes me mad. I donr know why people just can wait till they get home to throw their stuff away.

    :mad: x2

  3. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Joe, I'm with ya, nothing peeves me more than some lazy, thoughtless @$$hole tossing their litter on the ground - don't matter if the garbage can is 10 feet or 10 miles away, it's unacceptable IMO.

    But, having visited your fair city I must tell you, New Orleans is actually worse!!! :( I hate to say it about my home city, but it's true. I have a strong love/hate relationship with Nawlins...great people, great music, the best food in the world, but man, someone needs to get these people to understand how UGLY all that trash is on the streets. :(
  4. This is theone thing that amazes me about NYC. I've been there twice and both times I saw more trash on the ground then anywhere else I've ever been, yet there's always a garbage can very close by.
  5. Yea that kind of behavior pisses me off. Littering is a crime..I see that kind of stuff here all the time..I go to the beach. I see people that just leave their trash on the beach. stuff like glass bottles which are illegal at the beach. food wrapper, and then there's the dirty dipers ten feet from a trash can. What is wrong with these people? If it was up to me I would have a person like a lifeguard watching the beach for people that litter the beach or parking lot. and have a big fine for each item of litter. Many of the fires around here are started my A-holes that toss a cigarette out of their car..I saw a sign on a Oregon freeway that said something like $10,000 fine for each cigarette butt.
    Those people do not have any respect of their surrounding or other people.
  6. I don't unless it is biodegrateble. Then I don't care becsue it will decompose soon, or something will eat it.
  7. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    I agree, I hate litter. Sometimes I may have a little clutter in my car because I will not toss anything out. Here in WA we have a big "litter and it will hurt" campaign going with radio ads explaining the new steeper fines - I think that a cig butt out the window will cost about $1,000. A gum wrapper about $500. I think the fines should be even more! As far as I'm concerned, biodegradable is NOT okay! Your half eaten whatever may decompose, but it takes a long time and I don't want to watch it rot on my street! The animals that may come along soon enough to eat it are a nusance - don't feed the rats, throw your trash away!
  8. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    a few years back i was in colorado, forgot whether it was boulder or denver, but my girlfriend and i decided to count the litter we saw. in 3 blocks we counted like 4 pieces of litter and if i remember correctly, one of them was a cigarette butt.

    i now have a healthy fear of getting political in threads as i've seen what happens :eek: . dare i say, with all the ways ny is trying to make money, i can't understand why they don't simply enforce the "no littering" laws that already exist? a few years back gulianni made headlines with new laws (or the re-enforcment of old laws) concerning spitting gum on the sidewalks. he didn't know prior to someone pointing it out, that that's what all the little black spots on the pavement was. he was concerned about THAT!!!! (which i happen to think makes the sidewalks nicer looking :cool: ) but not about the littering.

    recently, they started giving severe fines to store owners for litter in front of their stores. the news reports were unfathomable. they put no focus whatsoever on the litterers themselves, and made the storeowners out to be the sole bad guys! it's their fault! they need to be outside their stores 24/7 with a broom if they don't want to be ticketed. sometimes i get so concerned about the stupidity of certain people.

    ps - if this is considered getting political, please delete only what's after the 1st paragraph - and i'll know better next time. not sure where the political line gets crossed. thanks.
  9. I admit it, I litter when in a heavy suburban area or in a city, just because there is so much other trash around my little piece won't matter. But, while im on a hike or anywhere in the thick of nature, I will not litter because I don't want to ruin something so beautiful.

  10. You have to aware of where you are throwning, I would throw a half eaten apple in the middle of the high way, by biodegradeble I meant toss it in the woods. I always do that if I neeed to.
  11. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001

    It's good to hear you use your head shaz - I just feel pretty strongly about not littering. I've seen garbage that had been tossed on the sidewalk outside my apartment sit there for weeks covered in flies (as much as I hate littering and won't do it, I don't pick up after other people either...not my job) - it was pretty gross and I wondered if the person who left the litter hadn't thought: oh, the birds will eat it... :rolleyes:
  12. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    You know what bothers me more than littering? Smokers, who hate litterers, yet throw their cigarette butts wherever they please.

    It's littering people, where do you think those butts go? If you smoke, dispose of your cigarette, do not simply through it on the ground. I don't want the ground I share looking like an ash tray.
  13. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Very true! In fact, cig butts are the worst kind of litter - it's litter, AND its on fire!
  14. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    I also hate litterers, especially those who are 'live your life this way animal right protestors etc'. They really do my swede in.

    I've always stashed litter in my pockets, probably due to my upbringing as my dad was a keen wild lifer etc. I do admittidly throw away food scraps as I theres always seagulls or someother cretin near by that'll feast on it.

    I'm quite proud to say that I have had an impact on my socail group in that those who I hang around with rarely drop litter and will always horde it uintil a bin is near, qualities they never possessed when I first met them.
  15. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    This is so true...What makes it even worse is when I see people throwing their butts out their car window. :mad:
  16. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    I hate mooning too.

    ;) :rolleyes:
  17. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Pet peeve of mine too, people are so lazy or unthinking they don't use a waste basket even if it's within arms reach. Extremely annoying, it's like living on a garbage dump in some places.

    I saw a funny bit on TV about a street sweeper, she particularily talked about a taxi lane outside a train station, the curb where the taxi cabs lined up is always full of fast food junk, cigarette butts and whatnot, and hard to clean because of the cabs. What was ironic was the cab drivers complained about the litter, it looked bad to their customers, when the only people throwing stuff there was the drivers themselves. Very arrogant and unthinking...
  18. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I've got nothing against smoking but, I'm in no hurry to rally to "Smoker's Rights" causes because of this very thing.

    In MICH we have a bottle return law that does help immensely to alleviate alot of the trash that strews the ground. $.10 a bottle or can.
  19. Littering gets to me as well. Just the lazyness and disrespect that so many people have makes me angry. Where I leave, it is really common for people to flick out their cigarette butts, and even empty their ash tray at a stop light.

    For those who might have seen it, there was a Simpsons episode where a litterer threw out a can and Bette Midler chased them down and threw the can back into the truck, causing the driver to lose control and fly off of the road. Someday I will get the chance to do the same.:D :D

  20. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I hate litterers too. I have even gone so far as to turn the license plate numbers of litterers into the local PDs. People are so rude, it just pisses me off. Like they're the only ones on the street. At least three or four times a week, I have to walk around my yard and pick up other people's cigarette butts, candy wrappers, discarded lighters, drink containers, sandwich bags, etc. Auto manufacturers might as well stop putting ash trays in cars, because they don't get used anyway.