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Old 05-11-2009, 10:47 AM
 
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Why do people in Puerto Rico throw their litter on the ground? It would be so pretty here if it weren't for the litter everywhere. Are the other islands in the Caribbean covered with litter also?
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:36 PM
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I've been to other islands in the Caribbean and yes, you will see litter there too. In fact, now that I think about it, I see litter everywhere I go, even in the U.S.
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Westnury, NY/STX, USVI
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Where do you live that there is NO LITTER/
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:27 AM
 
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Where do you live that there is NO LITTER/
I have never said there was NO litter where I lived previously. I live in Puerto Rico, but previously lived in three states in the midwest and one eastern state. I have spent time in all the states, except Alaska, and I have never seen litter like this anywhere except in Mexico. I am just curious why it is socially acceptable to throw litter on the ground here. I guess they need a Lady Bird Johnson!
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Puerto Rico
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Common people, you can't say that US mainland equals in the amount of trash on the streets as one that can be found in PR?! I agree that there are places in the mainland that are not very clean, but generally it is a pretty clean place.
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Old 05-15-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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I would say that depending on where you are litter can be just as bad in the US as anywhere else. However, I have noticed a higher than normal amount of litter on the island, with my own family prime culprits. I asked " Why the hell are you leaving this garbage in the parking lot (of the mall)." To which they replied, "You should leave some trash around because that way it will keep people employed to clean up, otherwise, people won't have jobs." Interesting justification...they are probably right on some level, but it speaks volumes about the reality on the island. Instead of "creating" jobs through innovation or technology (for example), it is simply supply and demand: the more garbage on the streets, the more people they will have to hire to clean it up.
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:45 PM
 
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I would say that depending on where you are litter can be just as bad in the US as anywhere else. However, I have noticed a higher than normal amount of litter on the island, with my own family prime culprits. I asked " Why the hell are you leaving this garbage in the parking lot (of the mall)." To which they replied, "You should leave some trash around because that way it will keep people employed to clean up, otherwise, people won't have jobs." Interesting justification...they are probably right on some level, but it speaks volumes about the reality on the island. Instead of "creating" jobs through innovation or technology (for example), it is simply supply and demand: the more garbage on the streets, the more people they will have to hire to clean it up.
I heard an English teacher say when she tried to get students to throw their trash in the trash containers the kids gave her the same response (it would take jobs from other people). I found it hard to believe but maybe that really is how some people here think??!!
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:31 PM
 
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No! People use that excuse everywhere, even in Phila and Detroit and Oregon, places where I have all lived! People are just lazy and don't want to feel ashamed and so come up a lame excuse as to why they are lazy!

Remind them if people did not have to worry about cleaning up litter, they could be spending time planting flowers!!

And there is tons of garbage, trash and litter in PHiladelphia and Detroit and New York!!!
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:48 PM
 
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Well, it certainly is not a valid excuse since it is obvious that no one is employing people to pick up litter. Dog carcasses will lay in the street for a week or more. Pretty much any street you travel on has unbelievable amounts of trash along the sides and even occasionally furniture. There is a fine on the books for littering but I wonder if it has ever been imposed.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Puerto Rico
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Supposedly there is a law on the books about driving and talking on the cellphone. I see police officers driving and talking on their cellphones all the time

I don't care if people think that I am crazy. If there is litter on my way and a garbage can is within my line of sight, then I'll pick it up and do my part to remove some litter.
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