While researching today’s story on teenagers painting garbage cans in Stockton parks, I came across a list of seven kinds of litterbugs.
I’ve seen ‘em all, and I’m sure you have too.
• “Dirty Droppers”: Those who subtly drop items on the ground hoping that no one will notice. Hey, we’re not blind.
• “Flagrant Fingers”: Those who blatantly litter out in the open without bothering to conceal their actions. In some ways this is the least offensive kind; at least they’re not trying to deceive us.
• “Inchers”: Those who place litter beside them and then inch away from it until they can no longer be identified as the litterbug. They think they’re so sly.
• “Foul shooters”: Those who attempt to throw their garbage into a trash can as if it was a basketball hoop, and then, when they miss, leave the garbage on the ground. Apparently they’ve never heard of an offensive rebound.
• “Wedgers”: Those who stuff small disposable objects into tiny spaces where they won’t be seen. You know, like the little scraps of paper that people compulsively fold into wads which they then stick into chain-link fences or cracks in the wall. Flat-out weird.
• “Sweepers”: Those who attempt to collect their litter by brushing it off a flat surface into their hands or into a bag, dropping some of it onto the ground in the process. Simply sloppy.
• “90 percenters”: Those who responsibly dispose of large, bulky trash, while leaving the small stuff behind. These are the folks we have to thank for cigarette butts and bottle caps.
They’re all bad. But which one do you think is the worst?
(Based on study by Williams, Curnow & Streker, 1997)