Hey people: pick up your trash. What is so hard about picking up after yourselves? I could not believe the mess people left at a gate area at LAX prior to my recent flight.
Slobs At LAX Use Gate Area As Trash Can
I was at LAX last week and working on my laptop at the gate. Boarding commenced and usually I’d be among the first to board, but I finished my note before stepping onboard and by the time I put my laptop, I was one of a few people left in the gate area.
I looked around and could not believe what I saw: it looked like a baseball stadium after a game. Trash everywhere. One the chairs, on the floors…and there was even a trash can nearby.
While I wasn’t paying close attention to who was sitting around me, they weren’t loud or swearing (unlike at my gate at JFK when coming home, but that’s another story…).
But as you can see by the images, this wasn’t the work of one person.
And so it got me thinking. Do people think because they are at an airport that employees janitors to keep it clean, they can just dump trash on the ground or leave it in chairs?
I hope that is not the case. If that is you: clean up after yourself. There’s no excuse for leaving trash onboard. And while we’re on the subject, same rule applies to airplanes. The seatback pocket or floor under your seat is not your rubbish bin.
When the flight attendants come around with trash bags, put your trash inside it. Don’t be a slob.
Good stewardship of the environment starts on a personal level. Treating others the way you want to be treated starts on a personal level. Doing the right thing starts on a personal level. My message is simple: pick up your trash.
Epilogue: I picked up the trashed and threw it away. Don’t congratulate me, just pick up your own trash.