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Old 02-03-2015, 12:31 PM   #1
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Returning litter back to the owner

Okay, Florida is known for their long traffic light cycles, so at one, I witnessed a lady toss a burning cigrarette butt to the ground.

I regret not getting off my bike, tossing the cigarette back into her vehicle (even though this was on US 19 north, out of Clearwater, no danger of forest fire). I had the time to do so, and the principle of the thing is to remind someone not to litter.

This has been on my bucket list for some time and I missed my opportunity.

Being on my nimble MZ Baghira I wasn't worried about any possible revenge or not getting away if the need arose. And the traffic was HEAVY.

Has anyone here gotten to do that? Of the 300,000+ subscribers to this forum, I have to think someone has successfully done so.
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:40 PM   #2
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You mean like this:
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:42 PM   #3
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My wife did something similar at a store parking lot, and caused quite a scene.

As she was walking in, she watched some lady open her car door and throw a bag of garbage on the ground. She yelled "hey, pick that up!" It went back and forth with the lady calling my wife a bitch, and motioning like she was going to damage her car (actually her Mom's car, since the two of them went shopping together). The store manager came to see what all the yelling was about just outside the front door. A brief explanation from my wife had him scowling at the other woman, who promptly went and put the garbage in a trash can only 50 feet away. She sped off giving everyone dirty looks.

Her elderly Mother was a bit shaken, but proud of her daughter. My wife does stuff like that all the time. She lives to confront dumb asses. She is also about 6 foot tall, so is not afraid to put some muscle behind it.
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:01 PM   #4
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I did that once to a young woman who was a passenger with another young woman.
I was sitting at a traffic light in the right lane. They were next to me in the left lane. She rolled the window down part way, blatantly tossed out a straw rapper and rolled the window up leaving it open about 2". F'n poor white trash bitch!

I calmly got out of my car, walked over, picked up the wrapper and said,
"Excuse me, you dropped something."...and tossed it back thru the window onto her lap. The two girls were like...
The rest of the folks around us were giving my the thumbs up sign!


I've also been behind LEO's who have thrown cigarettes out the window.
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:06 PM   #5
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I'm not sure a cigarette butt thrown in sand by an anonymous litterer is worth getting bent out of shape.

But that's just me.
Yeah, how could one measly cigarette butt harm anything?





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Old 02-03-2015, 01:37 PM   #6
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Years ago I was riding up the Pacific Coast Highway and stopped at Morro Rock. I parked my bike about a hundred yards away and then walked to have a look-see. (Spoiler alert: it's big freakin' rock.)

As I was walking back to my bike a couple of guys in a car rolled up ahead of me, got out, dropped fast-food bags and cups on the ground, and then strolled past me.

I picked up their trash meaning to toss it in a garage can, but lo! there was their car with the windows open. I gave them back their trash, got on my bike, and rode away grinning like a fool.
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:42 PM   #7
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Many years back, in Colorado Springs, I had just come to a stop at a traffic light which had just turned red. The driver of the car directly in front of me stuck his arm out the window and dropped a cigarette butt on the ground. In the lane to my left, slight forward of me but still behind the driver of the car in front, was a Colorado Springs Police Car.

On seeing the man toss the cigarette butt, the officer got out of his car, walked over, picked up the cigarette butt and placed it under the windshield wiper of the man's car. Then without a word, the officer returned to his patrol car.

I've no idea how far the other driver drove before he stopped to remove the cigarette butt.

Just a few years ago, I was at a convenience store filling my tank. I was in the process of putting all my gear back on to leave, when a car pulled up on the opposite side of the pump. The driver of the car got out and shoved a bag of trash into the receptacle of the towel dispenser, spilling some on the ground, instead of the trash can which was 12 inches to one side. The driver then headed into the store. As he had left his window down, I quickly gathered his trash, which appeared to include a partially empty beverage cup and tossed it back into his drivers seat. I then got on my motorcycle and departed.
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:48 PM   #8
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I have confronted people about littering and have mixed results.
One time it was a Teenager out by my house, which is a popular lake for fishing. He was packing up to leave and he had all this garbage he planned on leaving. I told him to pick it up and he yelled for his Mom, Dad and Uncles, who in turn got very pissed at me for even mentioning that there beloved kin could be told what to do.
Anymore I am like forget it. There are so many people with the mentality that it is someone else's problem.
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:55 PM   #9
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Okay, Florida is known for their long traffic light cycles, so at one, I witnessed a lady toss a burning cigrarette butt to the ground.

I regret not getting off my bike, tossing the cigarette back into her vehicle (even though this was on US 19 north, out of Clearwater, no danger of forest fire). I had the time to do so, and the principle of the thing is to remind someone not to litter..
I know a guy that did that and the owner chased him down and rammed him off his bike, trying to kill him.
After he hit him, he got out of the car and yelled something at him to the effect of "we're out in the middle of nowhere now, nobody will find you and I hope you die"
The only way they caught him was the bike had been struck with such force, the front license plate stuck to the bike
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:57 PM   #10
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Yeah, how could one measly cigarette butt harm anything?





A million go on the streets of Los Angeles, every single day. That's why that shit's illegal in Santa Monica - not because they're leftist assholes - it's because most smokers are assholes
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:00 PM   #11
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I correct people sometimes here in Philly but sometimes I just have to bite my tongue 1) It could be a full time job 2) Not overly interested in getting into a fight/shootout.
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A million go on the streets of Los Angeles, every single day. That's why that shit's illegal in Santa Monica - not because they're leftist assholes - it's because most smokers are assholes
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:24 PM   #13
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One of my big peeves!!! I own property in a semi-rural/suburban area of the midwest with about 2000' of frontage. I try to keep it looking halfway presentable by cutting the grass along the right-of-way back about 12 feet and picking up the garbage that the local yutz's discard on their way to/from work/school. If I pick up the entire frontage every two weeks or so, I end up with at least 3-4 25 gallon trash bags of crap--everything from bottles, cans, fast food bags, dirty diapers, used condoms, DVD porn rentals, and the worst offender of all, a spit bottle from someone who dips/chews. Typically, it's a plastic water bottle that they have used to spit their saliva into, then capped and discarded out the window. In the summer time, these disgusting things turn into the most awful smelling bio-bombs you can imagine, with the bacterial degradation creating gas that swells the container to bursting. Plus, it literally smells right thru the plastic shell.

I'll never be able to understand the mentality--or lack thereof--of the worthless redneck MFers who can't take their garbage home and throw it away there. I've actually thought of lurking along the road for a few weeks at peak drive times to catch the bastard(s) that do it, but truth is if I did catch one of the perps littering, one of us would be dead and the other would be in jail. Teach your children well, as I have no doubt it isn't only my generation that are guilty and our kids are the ones that will inherit this landfill….
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not because they're leftist assholes - it's because most smokers are assholes
Gospel. Smokers will bitch about some faceless entity pissing on their rights, and then go out of their way to foster additional ill will toward themselves.

A friend of mine owns a family style restaurant. He went through the smoking/no smoking section phase. Seeing empty tables and booths in the smoking section and line waiting for non, his smoking section got smaller and smaller. Eventually he had just a few tables at the very back for smoking, he only kept these because he had a few very loyal customers who were smokers. In defiance of the no smoking areas, on their way out, the smokers would make a point of lighting up before they walked through no-smoking. When asked to stop, their response was "screw 'em".

Owner finally went full non-smoking (along with many others) long before legally required.

After Michigan banned smoking in bars, a local pub ended up banning smoking from their outdoor deck. Owner had at least half a dozen of those tall plastic cigarette bins on the (not all that big) deck. Those things would have a handful of butts in them at the end of a night but there'd be a tsunami of butts all over the deck.
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:38 PM   #15
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Gospel. Smokers will bitch about some faceless entity pissing on their rights, and then go out of their way to foster additional ill will toward themselves.

A friend of mine owns a family style restaurant. He went through the smoking/no smoking section phase. Seeing empty tables and booths in the smoking section and line waiting for non, his smoking section got smaller and smaller. Eventually he had just a few tables at the very back for smoking, he only kept these because he had a few very loyal customers who were smokers. In defiance of the no smoking areas, on their way out, the smokers would make a point of lighting up before they walked through no-smoking. When asked to stop, their response was "screw 'em".

Owner finally went full non-smoking (along with many others) long before legally required.

After Michigan banned smoking in bars, a local pub ended up banning smoking from their outdoor deck. Owner had at least half a dozen of those tall plastic cigarette bins on the (not all that big) deck. Those things would have a handful of butts in them at the end of a night but there'd be a tsunami of butts all over the deck.
Apologies for the OT detour, but there's really no such thing as a "non-smoking section" in a restaurant, which is basically one large enclosed space where air circulates unhindered. I used to frequent a place (before smoking was pretty much banned in eateries) and ask for seating in non-smoking. But when you're sitting at the border between smoking and non-smoking, you're still sitting next to smokers. Just because nobody at my table is smoking doesn't make it better.
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