Someone Should Do Something

Well said…

A Bombay Sapphire gin bottle smashed next to a blue curb Getting Smashed In Berkeley, CA.

Some of the things I do daily are so dead simple they’re almost stupid. Filling the xerox machine with paper when it’s empty. Picking up the chunks of (clean) toilet paper people throw on the bathroom floor. Picking up bits of glass and plastic on trails and sidewalks. None of this is my job–or is it? I see it. I am therefore responsible for it, in some way. I used to go barefoot a lot, and so a long time ago I began picking up the bits of glass that scared me. I’m embarrassed to see the public bathrooms at work in such a state. I wear a uniform, so I am easily identifiable as part of the place. It isn’t my job to clean up the whole world, it isn’t possible for me to do so. However, we can all make this world we…

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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12 Responses to Someone Should Do Something

  1. newsferret says:

    Some of the heaviest articles in the world and are always discarded when no longer serving its purpose, especially in public spaces: an empty cigaret packet, an empty plastic softdrink bottle, empty take way food containers, crumpled up chocolate wrappers, and the list goes on. Disgusting.


  2. Diana Y. says:

    I’ve known the BART Station Bard and her partner for many years. A wise woman, that, and well-spoken, indeed. Hope you two meet next time she’s in the UK.


  3. Littering is top of my hate list. Drives me nuts!


  4. When I was growing up in England after the war….I was taught by my father always to carry a small paper bag – and pick up any rubbish, put it in the bag and take home….Simple and for the most part England was very clean….however, that has changed, and I hate to see it…Janet.


  5. Mary Smith says:

    Excellent article. Thanks for sharing it, Sue, or I’d never have seen it. I, too, was brought up not to drop litter – everything was put in a waste bin or brought home.
    I’m always puzzled by the clean toilet paper on the floor in public loos.


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