Smoldering

29 Nov

I saw something gross today.

I was walking back from lunch to my internship (lunch = peanut butter and jelly from home eaten at Caribou Coffee next door) and was generally in a pretty good mood. I really like the internship, and there was a good amount of work to do that I was actually looking forward to. The sun was shining and all that.

The woman walking in front of me was smoking. So, you know, ew right there. Walking behind a smoker is very unpleasant.

Then.

Then, without missing a stride, she threw her cigarette on the ground and kept walking.

It’s gross enough to throw your cigarette on the ground. The world is not your personal ashtray, everyone. But then to not even have the decency to step on it, make sure it’s out? That it won’t rub against some dry leaves and spark The Great Chicago Fire 2.0?

(Yes, I know that’s near impossible – we don’t have wooden buildings in the Loop, nor do we have wooden sidewalks with kindling hanging out underneath. Nor do we rely on a firefighting system of a guy looking out from a really tall building to point the firefighters in the right direction. But still, you catch my drift.)

Normally, I’d just roll my eyes and move on after one occurrence – but the sad thing is, I saw it happen again when I was leaving work. Guy smoking, hailed a taxi, threw it on ground before getting in.

This is not a Lonely Island song, people. We do not throw things on the ground.

Don’t worry, I glared at both of them. From behind them. So the backs of their heads got some real heat.

Is this a normal occurrence? Do people still just throw their cigarette butts wherever they like?

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3 Responses to “Smoldering”

  1. moviewriternyu November 30, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    I believe the proper etiquette there was for you to pick up the still smoldering cigarette, run up to the lady, and use it to burn a mark on her neck. The you scream in her face, “Next time, I won’t be so easy on you!” and you run away as fast as you can. You’ve got to take bold steps to reprogram the idiots. 😀

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