Garbage In, Garbage Out

Yesterday, on the ride home, a well-dressed young woman sat on the opposite bench on the train. She put her large, fashionable bag and her trendy trench coat on the seat beside her. Then she spread a couple of paper napkins on her lap and opened the little cardboard box which contained her dinner, a slice of pizza. She ate it delicately, wiped her lips and tucked the box under her seat. She made a few calls on her cell phone. At South Miami, she collected her bag and coat and prepared to exit the train.

“Don’t forget your garbage,” I chirped, loudly. “There’s a can right on the platform.” She smiled at me with just a touch of condescension and shame, and picked up her trash. Whether she actually put it in the can or just tossed it on the platform seating, I couldn’t see.


Look, if you want to call me names, and tell me my blog is stupid, you have every right. I, of course, as proprietor of the site, have the right to delete any such crap. If you want me, in all fairness, to leave your comments up, then try using a real e-mail address and a real or even imaginary name, but not a jumble of letters. Another tip? Use correct spelling and grammar, and try to be a little bit brighter than a refrigerator bulb in your insults.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/15 at 11:30 AM in Demand Civility

(4) Comments
#1. Posted by RJ on April 16, 2008

At least you know you’re being read. :-)

#2. Posted by Andrea on April 17, 2008

Ugh. I hate people who litter!  Thanks for speaking up!  Have you ever followed someone down the street with something they tossed on the ground, saying, “Oh, you dropped something!”?

#3. Posted by Gigi on April 21, 2008

Ah ~ the Brave Anonymous Commenter! Always so critical, always so grammatically and mentally challenged. 

I wish I had the nerve to speak up when those littering cretins do their nasty thing.  I usually just try to kill them with my all-powerful stink-eye.  As yet, not terribly effective.  Now, if only I could do it anonymously I’m sure I’d be much more courageous.

#4. Posted by Tania on April 27, 2008

You’re funny. I miss your Project Runway recaps. I guess I could watch ANTM. Never have. Have you read “Sick Puppy” by Carl Hiaasen?

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