Litterbugs

Or should I say, litterassholes.

I love nature.  And I live in a usually clean city, but today I’m driving behind someone and I see them make a turn then throw a fucking fast food trash bag out the window.  Now, maybe someone put a grenade or mean rabies-infected animal in it, and that would maybe warrant throwing it out of the window for your dear life, but even then I’m on the fence.  So, being the passive aggressive person I am, I drive up to see what kind of asshole would do that.  A student-that’s who.  Not mine, per se, but definitely a student at my school.  Now, maybe I’m crotchety older person, but I can’t imagine that even young me would be okay with this.  I missed out on my calling of being a Planeteer.

This got me thinking about kids on campus, in general.  They are a little stuck-up.  And they definitely think the world revolves around them and they don’t have to be considerate (like not littering).  I wonder if there’s something I can do.  Ultimately, they are the customer so I can’t (shouldn’t) berate them, and I’m not the most physically imposing person, though I do have a mean bark.  Have students always been like this, and I was just oblivious because I was one of them, or have they become bigger assholes?  Are all campuses like this?  I guess I’ll never know, and I don’t think there’s much I will be able to.  Bark.

2 thoughts on “Litterbugs

  1. I have a hard time thinking this was about “students” and not about “people” more generally. That said, one of your jobs as an educator is to prepare them for the real world where they are no longer the center of the universe. I say, go ahead and berate about environmental consideration and entitlement.

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    • You’re right, it’s definitely about people. As an outdoors-person I want to scream at every butthole that litters. Maybe with my professorial power I can shame some students. A student said she would start a blog with pics of litterbugs that would reach campus, but that may be going too far…..

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