I hate smokers. Not because they smoke, they can dig their own grave, I don't really care about that. But why can they not properly dispose of their cigarettes? The world is not your ashtray, Tin Lung.
I have now chastised two different smokers for throwing their butts on the ground. The first one apologized, said I was right, and picked up his garbage. The second one said, "What? Oh, sorry." but left his butt in the street. In his mild defense he had thrown it into traffic, and I like to think that he would have gotten it if he could have (this probably isn't true). Either way I hopefully shamed him enough to think twice about doing it again. As such I consider both of these encounters a success.
This has emboldened me to become something of a litter vigilante. I realize I have no problem calling people on this. DO NOT LITTER. It's a terrible thing to do. Don't you live here? Why are you throwing garbage around your home? What the hell is wrong with you, you lazy ingnorant ass? If I had my druthers, people would be forced to eat whatever it was that they did not dispose of properly. And by properly I mean you recycle your recyclables. It's so easy! The labeled cans are on every corner and yet you throw your bottles in the street! You're just lazy, and selfish and you should hang your head in shame! SHAME.
I think the world needs a little more of this. Of people stepping in and calling other humans on their horrible, detrimental habits. If people started to realized that others are watching and that they are accountable to their fellow citizens, I think maybe things would improve around here. No more turning a blind eye, from now on anyone who litters in front of me is getting shamed.