I’m a mind reader. Ammanford’s own Derren Brown, if you like.
But with a lot less cash in the bank and a lot more hair on my head than the mysterious maestro of magical manipulation. And to demonstrate my pseudo-supernatural skills, I predict that when I tell you I’m talking rubbish this week, many of you will ask, “So what’s new?”
Nevertheless, I will talk rubbish, because I see it everywhere I go. Crisp packets, cans, bottles, polystyrene food containers from well-known burger chains and paper bags from equally well-known bakers/sausage roll emporiums.
They pollute our streets, parks, grass verges, back alleys, front gardens and even our driveways. We’re under attack from an army of idiots who think it’s okay to drop their litter outside our houses at three am and “Somebody else will clear it up”.
You bought the can.
You bought the burger.
So you have to take your rubbish home.
People behave in this slovenly way partly because we’re too nervous to tell them they’re doing something wrong in case we get sworn at . . . or worse.
I’m all for stiff penalties for dropping litter and more should be done to raise awareness of the problem. How about allowing mobile phone pictures and video evidence being used to prosecute people?
Last week, I saw someone ‘Spring-cleaning’ his car while driving along a busy road.
Out through the driver’s window flew sweet wrappers, paper cups and empty sandwich packets. Until I saw it for myself, I would never have believed a pig – especially one who’d had its brain removed – could be taught to drive.
And don’t get me started on cigarette ends!
A friend of mine works in a large local hospital which – quite naturally – bans smoking in the grounds. Nevertheless, every morning his first job is to use an industrial blower to create a path for patients and visitors through a pile of cigarette ends discarded by thoughtless smokers.
I take pride in my environment and have always respected people who feel the same way. But, clearly, there’s a substantial element of society who see nothing wrong in polluting the world around them and creating a filthy atmosphere for others
Now you’ve read the article and realised how fired-up and frustrated I am about litter, if you still think I’m talking rubbish, you know what you can do with your opinion.
Put it in the nearest bin!