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No, no.. not that kind of butt. C’mon, people. Have some class!
Today’s rant has to do with my pet peeve of smokers and littering. Back in my Boy Scouting days, I was always taught to leave a place cleaner than it was (or equally clean) when I was there.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, there seems to be some warped mentality among (the majority of) smokers that it’s acceptable to throw away their cigarette butts in any random place they happen to be. Should there not be any ash tray cans for them to leave it, they deem it appropriate to throw their butt on the ground, in the grass, in the ditch, or wherever they seem to be standing at the moment.
Where do these people get off justifying their littering? Do they think that throwing their butts out of the car window is something other than littering? Are they unaware that countless fires have been started (not to mention lives, homes, and priceless possessions lost) as a result of such selfish carelessness?
Littering is socially irresponsible anyways, but I get the idea that smokers think it isn’t quite “littering” if it’s a small cigarette butt. I resist cleaning up after such people because the thought of touching a slobber-ridden, smoldering piece of trash doesn’t appeal to me. Perhaps I should buy some of those rockin’ forceps and carry them everywhere I go to make our world a cleaner place. Perhaps…