Thursday, February 09, 2012


I've been noticing this kind of thing a lot more often lately, empty coffee cups left wherever their piggish drinkers left them. I'm guessing whoever these boorish shoppers are, they can't be bothered to hold onto their leftovers until they can locate a garbage can or recycling bin. I'm also guessing that their arms, wrists and hands are so crippled by years of remote control button-pressing and smartphone game-playing that the weight of an empty cup could be enough to send them to the emergency room. Poor dears.

So they leave them on grocery store shelves for the inevitable garbage elves to take care of them. Or they simply drop them on the floor - as is apparently the case here - where they end up forlornly rolling around the aisle.

I know it may sound trivial of me, but this is the kind of selfish act that really makes me doubt the future of the human race. If some folks are so wrapped up in themselves that tossing their garbage wherever they wish doesn't prompt a second thought, where else in life are they making similarly self-centred judgment calls? It's such a me-focused way of being and, frankly, it saddens me.

After taking this shot, I managed to find a proper spot to dispose of this absently tossed cup. I never did find whoever did the tossing in the first place, but I'm pretty sure there are plenty more Tim Hortons coffee addicts out there who'll be doing exactly the same thing on my next trip to the grocery store.

Your turn: The first three words that come to mind when you see something like this are...?

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Lisa Shafer said...

Oink, oink, oink.

Sara said...

Outrage! Actually, if I see a cup on a shelf I might think that someone was so busy (with a crying toddler, perhaps) that they just couldn't make it to the garbage. But when I see a pile of garbage sitting beside a car in a parking lot, most likely discarded by the car owner ... outrage. Once, at a red traffic light I saw a driver open their door and unload their garbage (fast food stuff and cups) right out on to the street! OUTRAGE.Disbelief.Dumbstruck. I was a few cars too far behind or I would have gotten out and ... I dunno.

CorvusCorax12 said...

worked retail most of my life and this is such a pet peeve of mine..full cups are even worse.

tiff said...

Yep - add these fine folks to the ones who 1) leave their garbage in the grocery store buggies and 2) don't return said buggies to the corral.

kenju said...

That's bad enough, but what gets me is people who leave frozen goods somewhere in the store, to drip and defrost all over everything - and get ruined in the process. Sheeesh.

fredamans said...

Disgusting, despicable, trailer-trash.

Sorry, for the harsh words but I get really perturbed by lazy people littering. How hard is it to hold it for a minute until you pass a garbage can. There are many in the world, so there is no need to be a disgusting waste of human space.

If they did it in front of me, I would have picked it up and threw it in their cart. That's the kind of person I am.

21 Wits said...

"WHO did this!" in a very commanding voice that travels through the store! ha ha
Followed by, "I'll get you!"

hopefully they heard!!!!!

Will they care?

I need coffee!!!!!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

selfish lazy [hold on a 'sec, I need to come up with one that isn't a curse word] jerks