While at the Avalon Mall this afternoon with my beautiful fincée we were standing in the food court (or “Intermission” as those who grew up in the 90’s will remember it as) pondering what to buy for a mid-afternoon snack. I glanced around and I couldn’t help but notice the number of tables that sat occupied only by the left-over remains of the last meal eaten there. Garbage on a brown plastic tray. I even remarked, “Who would do that?”
Maybe I should have asked, “Who wouldn’t?” It seems every time I’m at the Mall I notice the same thing. I’ve even watched people do it — finish their meal, wipe their mouths, toss the dirty napkin on their tray, get up and walk away. Dirtbags. The epidemic isn’t confined to food courts either. Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s… Take your pick! Hell, now that “Roll Up The Rim” is back, for the next couple months you’re going to be seeing buckled-up red cups all over the shelves in Wal-Mart until the usual brown ones take over again.
What is it that drives people to leave their half-eaten, half-empty, half-used, completely disgusting garbage lying around for somebody else to pick up and dispose? Surely they’re capable of carrying it; it made it out of the store full, doesn’t it get easier to carry once it’s empty?
Lazy, inconsiderate, disrespectful people do this. Plain and simple. It’s not their job to throw their garbage away, apparently. There are people who get paid to do it, so why should they take responsibility for their garbage? Why should they walk over to the garbage to empty it when the ladies of the food court can wheel the garbage right up to the table? (Just as a side-note, God bless those ladies. I don’t know how they do it without giving in to the urge to beat some sense into some of these people with a plastic tray.) It’s the duty of the people working at McDonald’s — as if it’s not all bad enough — to empty their lettuce-strewn tray into the trash bin, even though they had to walk past it to leave. I can almost forgive them, however. In their defence they probably had to leave in a hurry… parked in a fire lane.
But that’s another topic for another day.
For now, take care… and throw your trash in the garbage.
Well, I decided to jump into the world of internet blogging. I guess once I get going this will make me a blogger. Join the club, right?
Every so often I get the urge to share some thoughts, and though I routinely use Twitter and Facebook, my options for posting anything lengthy are fairly limited. That said, in the days, weeks, months, and perhaps years to come you can look forward to a few random musings, some rants, some inspiration from time-to-time… or anything else I feel obliged to share with the world.
For now, take care!