is it a generation thing?

17 Jan

london 11.09pm 2.9C dry tuesday 2017.

i wonder whether old people think differently from young people.

take this case of an old person who tipped her unwanted coffee into the drain before throwing the paper cup into a trash bin. she was fined for littering, but it was cancelled after the press took it up and the subsequent publicity made the council cancel the fine.

i think i would do the same as the old lady, empty the cup first. until i remembered finding a full cup on the bus and taking it away with me when i left the bus and putting the whole thing in a waste bin. i did not empty the cup first. in fact it never occurred to me to empty it out first.  so maybe i wont do the same as her, even though i am of the same age as that old lady. when i first read it, i thought i would do the same as her. but when i look back on my actual behaviour, i find i dont do what she did. 

i wonder if the younger generation might find her behaviour puzzling . they must have thought why not just throw the whole thing in the trash bin? after all, the lid will keep the coffee in, and also the trash bin is used to having water in it from the rain. so why bother to separate water from the trash? and anyway when the trash is removed, i have seen the man take the the whole plastic bag out and tie the top  and put into the cart to take away. he replace the old bag with a new one in the trash container.  in other words, he dont tip the rubbish out into a bigger container. so it is not necessary to separate the water from the cup.

i am thinking the young will not see the logic of emptying the cup first. even if they dont know how the rubbish is disposed off, or whether the gabbage companies dont like water in the trash bag, i dont think they would even consider emptying their cup first before chucking it into the bin. after all, no notices ever are issued telling people to empty their cups first.

so is it a generational thing? different ways of thinking by the old, that the young do not consider? what would u have done?


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