Okay, visualize this. Every day as you drive home from work, you reach in your pocket, pull out a nickel, and throw it out the car window. Every day. Sometimes you throw out a dime. By the end of the work week, you’ve thrown out a quarter or more. By the end of the month, more than a dollar. Does this make any sense? Of course not. But people are doing it.
I know this because I take a walk most mornings and along the way I see pop bottles and cans, beer bottles and cans, liquor bottles. Each worth five cents. I know people throw these containers out their windows every day because I carry a plastic bag just so I can pick up this refuse. No sooner have I cleaned up the roadway than it is littered again. I can pick up a dollar or more – each day.
Lazy. Disrespectful. Flagrant. Annoying. The people who throw out trash along the road defy my understanding. For crying out loud, just put it in the waste basket when you get home! Even more astounding is people who throw away money. My husband has seen people at gas stations take bottles and cans out of their vehicles and deposit them in the trash cans just outside the convenience store door. They could have taken those bottles and cans five steps further and collected the deposit.
Governor Culver over reached during the last legislative session. He had the door open to add juice and water containers to the Bottle Bill in Iowa. Then he got greedy and added a tax to the process. As a result, the whole thing went down. Too bad. We needed that addition.
But I guess this proves one thing. Clearly the economy is not as bad as we’re led to believe if people are still rolling down their car windows and throwing out nickels!