SOCIAL MEDIA

12 June 2013

Letter to a Litterer

Last week, two days in a row, someone left a package that looked like this at the end of our driveway.

Both days, the package was a plastic bag containing the remains of a lunch at Arby's. Angel went through the bags (that's the kind of person he is, I wouldn't have touched them) and discovered by the receipt that in both cases, the lunch had been purchased mere hours before it ended up at the end our driveway, and that both orders had been paid for with cash. Also, one of the bags contained an empty pill container for a weight-loss drug. Ironic.

We live out on a country road, surrounded by corn fields and pastureland. It's rather frequent that we find beer bottles in our front yard, accompanied by other random trash. Recently, Angel found a can full of tobacco spit.

But this is a little different. Two times on two consecutive days--receiving the gift of a bag of Arby's garbage placed carefully in the exact same corner of our driveway? It feels a little bit intentional, somehow. But I know it's silly to perceive littering as a personal crime.

I am pretty sure that the two Arby's bags are the work of one man (or woman. I don't stereotype. Women can do rude things just as well as men can). I do have to wonder what drives such a person to littering? What is the story behind it? 

Are they trying to hide their Arby's habit from their family? Were they on their way to pick up a first (and second) date, and wanted to leave a good impression by having a clean and garbage-free car? Are they currently struggling so severely with finances that they've had to get rid of their garbage service? Do they not know that when they fill up their car at the gas station, it wouldn't be a crime to throw their bag of fast-food remains into the garbage cans situated prominently between every pair of gas pumps?

Don't litter, folks. Or else a mystified but not entirely cruel world-famous blogger will take a photo of your garbage and lament whatever life situation drove you to commit such an act of property defilement. Next time, feel free to ask us if we have any more appropriate location for you to dispose of your trash.

11 comments :

  1. I love that you tried to come up with a potential back story for the litterer. I hate littering, I couldn't even imagine leaving a whole bag of trash like that.

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  2. ok. so angel needs to take a day off of work and hide behind a bush/tree/whatever in his bear suit during lunchtime. catch that litter bug!

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  3. Eww. He went through it? Brave man... You know Arby's has video cameras.... Sigh. Your story made me laugh! If it happens again you should put a sign up or something to them. Hah!

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  4. How bizarre that they've done that 2 days in a row! And the bottle of pills...that just made me laugh. You should stick a small trash can at the end of your driveway with an arrow pointing to it that says "Arby's Trash Here."

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  5. that is soooo strang! i hope you catch them in the act soon

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  6. I cannot stand when people litter. It is PURE laziness! I mean, what is so difficult about just leaving the trash with you until you make your next stop? I don't get it. I'm with you on not touching it... can't believe Angel did that! LOL. If I were you all, I would keep a watchful eye for around that time and confront the litterer!

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  7. that is so weird!! why would someone do that?

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  8. Creepy...or ingenious and somewhat stalkerish. What if the litter knows you blog and intentionally littered in hopes that he/she would make an appearance on your blog? Or maybe some way less creepy situation, like a coincidence perhaps. The first scenario would definitely make for a better Lifetime movie though. Just sayin'.

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  9. I love the back stories. I HATE it when people litter. I almost had a car accident once because the loser in front of me decided to throw out a bag from their window! Don't they know it's not the 1950's anymore???

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  10. That is so bizarre! Why in the world would they leave their garbage in your driveway....

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  11. That is so weird!

    I live across the street from a university campus so I find all kinds of weird stuff in our yard...

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