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The Indian is Crying

by Ed Moffett

buttsThe 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?

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  1. Great post. I get so sick of seeing people smoking and either flicking their butts out the window or throwing them on the sidewalk as they enter a building. Kill yourself by smoking those things if you want, but spare us all from having to see and clean up your mess because you are too lazy to toss out the butts yourself!!

    Posted by: Butt-head | August 20, 2007
  2. My boyfriend simply places his used cigarette butts in his back pocket and when he is near a trash can, throws them out.
    Very good way to keep them off the ground!

    Posted by: blogey | August 20, 2007
  3. If you lived in Detroit, you’d see people hurling garbage bags out of car windows. We’d love it if they just threw cigarette butts.

    Posted by: Dr. Detroit | August 20, 2007
  4. Geez Ed — you have some serious angst against smokers. That’s two posts now. Why don’t you lead the charge to outlaw cigarettes altogether? Action speaks a whole lot louder than words…

    Posted by: Smokalicious | August 21, 2007
  5. Ed-
    This coming from the man who throws away pop cans?

    Posted by: Mark | August 21, 2007
  6. Thank you Mark for another completely irrelevant comment. Littering vs. not Recycling? -If I were actually throwing the cans into the street, you’d have a point. Interestingly enough however, your comment is NOT completely worthless as you have suggested an excellent way of dealing with the problem! Drum roll please… CIGARETTE BUTT DEPOSITS!!!!

    Posted by: I'll recycle when I'm dead... literally. | August 21, 2007

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