People should pick up after themselves
September 17, 2007 —
People are pigs.
A single person may not be messy but when people get together, things get dirty.
I recently went to a concert at DTE Energy Music Theater and sat on the lawn. I had a great time until I walked to the top of the lawn to leave and looked down and saw all the trash that fellow concert-goers had left. I was appalled. Honestly, how hard is it to pick up after yourself?
I felt bad for the DTE employees who most likely had to walk all over the lawn to pick up the trash. It really killed me because it wasn't like there weren't trash cans present in the area.
I lived in Orlando and worked for Walt Disney World for four and a half months during my freshman year. One of the things that Disney is proud of is that there is a trash can every 10 feet in the parks.
During my orientation we were told asked that if we saw trash in the park to casually walk by and scoop it up. It is sad that a place with trash cans present every 10 feet still worries about trash being on the ground.
Neatness is something that our parents try to drill into our heads when we are younger by having us pick up our rooms or tidy up the kitchen.
I'll admit, my room isn't always tidy, but when I am in a common area in my apartment or out in public I always make an effort to clean up after myself.
Not only did I observe trash being dumped at the concert, where trash cans were present, I have also observed it on campus.
At Program Board's first Coffeehouse of the year, the refreshment table was trashed before the first act was even done, and trash was left on at least one table when the program was done.
The Cardinal Cage got a face lift this summer, so it doesn't need to be trashed during the second week of classes. If you wouldn't leave trash in your parent's living room, why would you trash SVSU?
Another place I always seem to see trash is in the housing parking lots. Honestly, how hard is it to pick up something you dropped and properly dispose of it?
Everyone on this campus is an adult and they need to act like one. The other students on campus aren't here to clean up your messes.
Would you sit down at a messy table in Einstein's? Or the RFoC? Not likely, so why would you get up and leave your table messy?
Everyone should clean up after themselves. Not only is it common courtesy, it is also common sense.
The next time you are about to get up and leave a mess at a table, think about the fact that you would not like to sit down to a dirty table and pick up after yourself.
Showing a little consideration for others never hurt anyone.