by Ed Moffett
The old TV ad that shows Iron Eyes Cody shedding a single tear after a passer-by throws a bag of garbage at his feet, is of course a bit of an exaggeration when speaking of the littering problem in the U.S.
In fact, I’d say that I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen a motorist hurl a bag of trash out his window at someone’s feet.
Actually if I include my college years, I might need both hands, but anyway… I got another bone to pick with the smokers; why do you people feel comfortable flicking your flaming plastic cellulose acetate out onto our roads and lawns?
These things not only dirty up the place, they start fires! I’ve seen flaming garbage cans, highway medians, and in the worst case scenario, acres of land and homes in California, burned to nothing, resulting in millions of dollars in damage. Along the highways back in LA, a few times a year, the fire department would start a “controlled burn,” to sacrifice dry brush that would otherwise result in an uncontrollable wild-fire sparked by a speeding driver’s butt-flick.
It’s also quite common for a small animal or bird to mistake the butts for food, ingest them, and die as a result of a blocked intestinal tract, or malnutrition, as the animal feels full when it hasn’t actually taken in any nutrients – it has however, consumed 165+ toxic chemicals.
It’s bad for you, me, the birds, and just about everything else out there except Phillip-Morris, So stop! Please, just stop. And start being the DIFF between people that just don’t care, and uh, well, those that do, I guess?