Alright world, this is my first pet peeve post because I just spent my morning picking up garbage at the start of my shift. I work at an amusement park and we are responsible for keeping our rides clean. The park has a garbage can everywhere you look. Our ride alone, from the start of the line, to the exit has a total of eight [or more] garbage cans (including a nifty shoot that delivers garbage to the can below from the bridge). Having this information in the back of your mind prepare yourself for this…
Covering our ride areas and the rest of the park are “guts” of plush animals that have exploded everywhere, seemingly millions of cigarette buds, cups, ticket stubs, food pieces, boogery kleenex, and even tampons. Yes, this is what man kind is best at. We have an amazing knack of doing exactly what we shouldn’t because we are lazy, or because it seems to be an inconvenience to us, which ties into laziness. I for one feel that it is also an act of rebellion that lives inside people to make them feel that they are bigger than they really are. [I am not just picking on the guests that pollute our park, this is also a generalization because it is most certainly everywhere]
Okay, now add the two paragraphs from above together; is any of this making sense? Having numerous garbage cans, and proper disposal cans for recyclable items, why are people simply tossing their waste on the ground? WHY!? God forbid we hold onto our garbage until we walk five extra steps to the garbage, or chew on our piece of gum until we can dispose of it properly fearing that swallowing it will cause it to forever live in our stomachs or turn out to be one long, stringy poop. As for “cig” buds, how is it perfectly acceptable to toss it out of the car or stomp on it just any ol’ place? What amazes me the most about the buds is the fact that people have ash trays built into cars but hell, people don’t want to have to deal with cleaning it out later because THAT would be an inconvenience; that’s why car manufactures don’t make built-in ash trays anymore. People, wake up; it is not because they are trying not to encourage smoking, it is because they know that no one uses them.
Now another amazing addition to this topic that always leaves me in utter disbelief–Littering in bathrooms. I cannot count how many times I’ve walked into a restroom and have seen used toilet paper and feminine products laying on the floor next to the toilet. Bare in mind that I have yet to see this happen with a toilet that isn’t working, so there is no excuse. What is this world coming to? People can’t even dispose of their waste in a toilet?
Lastly, and this goes back to the cigs again, but what gets me extremely fired up is seeing people throwing out garbage from their car windows! Alright, common sense here people, have some sort of receptacle in your car, or do as I do and always have a plastic garbage bag tucked away in the car for garbage and throw it away later PROPERLY. I see more garbage on the sides of roads than I do anywhere else. Why? Because again, people are lazy and hate an inconvenience. Instead of doing the right thing, they do the wrong thing so they don’t have to deal with it later. It is much easier to throw garbage out a car window than it is to put it in a bag and disposing of it properly later I guess.
All of my pet peeves, such as littering, tie into why I have no faith in the human race and believe in devolution. People, please, dispose of your garbage properly and recycle.