I once went on a Tinder date with a perfect 10: tall, handsome, funny doctor. Everything was going swimmingly until I observed in slow-motion horror as he casually threw a plastic water bottle onto the ground…five feet away from a garbage can.
If you carelessly leave your garbage in public places, flick cigarette butts onto the sidewalk or toss empty bottles out of your car – you are quite simply an asshole. A lazy one at that.
I’m particularly rattled by the litter that accumulates on the patch of grass that I walk my dog across each day. Because of its proximity to the Skydome, there’s always a steady stream of drunk frat boys using it as a convenient spot to pre-drink and consequently throw their beer cans and pizza boxes everywhere but the garbage can.
This morning, I got my heaviest duty plastic gloves on, grabbed a garbage bag and off I went. Although I got some raised eyebrows from passerbys – presumably wondering which petty crime I committed to merit this type of community service – I was pretty pleased with how good it looked when I was all done!
P.S. My dog was not as pleased with me. Her favourite part of the day is hoovering up leftover pizza when I’m not looking…
Total Kindness Cost: $0