Yesterday I went to tour a conservation group’s headquarters with my sustainable management class.
On the way out of the building, we were commenting on all the litter tangled in the landscaping in front of a neighboring building.
“Well, you know, [our state] is one of the top five worst states in terms of littering,” one of my classmates said. “It’s terrible. I mean, look at all that garbage.”
Everyone agreed that littering was gross and heinous and needed to be fixed and people who littered were unbelievably irresponsible.
Fast forward to five minutes later. We’re piling back into the car, and the driver happens to glance over into the passenger foot well.
“Oh, EW,” she says, “a cigarette. Ugh. My boyfriend is such a slob. Can you throw that out?”
One of the passengers snatched up the cigarette, tossed it out onto the sidewalk, and slammed the door closed. We drove away.
No one said a word.