Things that got my goat this week

Of course, the week I would like to participate in some goat getting, CrunchyVTMommy‘s blog is down (also, THAT really gets my goat), so I thought I would venture out on some rogue goat getting. (Another thing that gets my goat: Sarah Palin ruined the word rogue. I am taking it back.) This week? I was very annoyed.

Can we talk about litterbugs? In general, I find littering to be excruciatingly annoying. It is lazy and disrespectful to others and the environment. I try to never, never  do it. I will walk to a trash can or bring it home. I run through parking lots chasing errant receipts. We even pick up all of the  crap Spencer drops on the floors in restaurants. There are two kinds of litterbugs I find the absolute most annoying: car window and lazy. People who throw stuff out of car windows suck. That is pretty much a given. That is what our roads need, a lovely coating of trash along the shoulder. Especially diapers. Yep. People throw dirty diapers out of car windows. Gross and if it is a monster toddler poop, it  could probably break a window. Someone needs to get the Mythbusters on that. The other, the lazy litterbug is pretty self-explanatory. In fact, it was a lazy litterbug who prompted this little tirade. Picture this, I get to the park at about 830 on a Tuesday morning; we are normally the first ones there and what do I find? This:

Seriously? The trash can is RIGHT THERE.

So, I had this all set to go and decided to run to the store so we would get back in time for Yo Gabba Gabba. It is all about priorities. When I got to the parking lot, I saw someone throw a fast food bag out of their car window while pulling in to a parking space and then walked to the store past not one, but two trash cans. I rolled my eyes and commented to Spencer, “How timely,” and went in to the store. And then leaving the store, something really got my goat.

We were walking out of the store and there was a man with a sign “Homeless, Hungry, Anything will help.” I don’t as a rule give cash to solicitors, not bell ringers, not people with signs, not girl scouts in front of the store. There are a myriad of reasons, but mostly it is because I feel my dollar would go further donating directly to organizations that are involved in the issues I care most about. I happily, however, donate food to every single food drive I come across. And on occasion, when I have something healthy, self-contained and relatively portable, I will offer food to people with signs outside of the grocery store. Never again.

The man approached me while I was exiting the store, pushing my child in a cart. He asked if I could help. There were 3 apples on the top of the closest bag so I offered him apples. His response, “I don’t want your fucking pity apples. I want money.” He yelled this at me. He yelled this two feet from my child. Mama bear was activated and I pushed my cart the hell out of there. And I worried that he would follow me to my car. All I kept thinking was why the hell does his sign say anything will help if he doesn’t actually want anything. Say cash only, I will move on. Also? don’t yell at me. It makes me want to call the cops not help you.  And really gets my goat.

CrunchyVTMommy

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13 Responses to “Things that got my goat this week”

  1. the grumbles says:

    oh HELLZ no he did not approach you when you were with your child. that’s a no-go for me. not only am i a bitch who doesn’t give cash to ANYONE if a man approached me when i was with the Jude? you best back away and keep your distance. and then he was rude to you. general life fail.

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    Amy Reply:

    I think I was most annoyed because normally I hurry by and don’t do anything, but today I was feeling particularly magnanimous. Thought I would try. And with such a lovely result, you can be sure that I will never do this again. In fact, I will report every single person to the store. Yay assholes!

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  2. Slee says:

    chances are there are laws against begging in your municipality. most have laws.
    many areas and even states have laws about swearing and children, Texas, for example.
    he’s lucky you didn’t call the police.

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    Amy Reply:

    I thought about going in to the store to complain, but I was worried they would do nothing and I would have to walk by again. Our town tends to do nothing about begging. The only people who seem to do anything are the Highway Patrol that gets people of off freeway on ramps, which is a safety issue.

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  3. UGH! Both of these piss me off. I DON’T carry cash, so I can give an honest answer to peddlers and if I see a homeless person as I’m going into a grocery store I always pick up something healthy to share. Fortunately, I haven’t been accosted and I’m sorry that you have.

    I used to work in the city and would occasionally eat out for lunch. I was sure to always box my leftovers for the homeless I would see on the way back to my office. It always amazed me when they would turn down my food. But then I thought, more for me, I tried.

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    Amy Reply:

    When I worked in a cafe in college, there was extra food on fridays that wasn’t going to survive the weekend: fruit, already day-old bagels and the like. My friends and I always packed up food to give to the homeless we ran in to on our way across town. We were always amazed when we were refused, too.

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  4. Um, yeah the litterbugs kill me. Especially in Brooklyn. Once I reprimanded a neighborhood kid (ok he was like 16 but a ‘kid’ in my book) after I saw him just toss, onto the sidewalk, a bag from chips he just finished. I only did it ‘coz I recognized him from the block, but he looked sheepish when I was like “Dude you LIVE here why would you just throw your trash on the sidewalk like that?!?” and I’d like to think he’ll think twice about littering, but the sad truth is probably not. People suck. Esp. that homeless dude who didn’t want your apples.

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    Amy Reply:

    Good for you for saying something. The kid who lives next to us and his dirt-biking friends used to litter in my/their front lawn and I never said anything. I think my husband finally go through with some death stares and it stopped.

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  5. We saw a clip, way back when that damned book came out, where a news anchor on one of the big 3 pronounced it “rouge” instead of “rogue.”

    So that’s what we call it now.

    “Rouge” I can live without. “Rogue” belongs to people who understand sentences with embedded clauses and can speak without dropping every “g” they meet at the end of a word.

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    Amy Reply:

    That is too funny. This was almost published with rouge instead or rogue because I was too annoyed to pay attention.

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  6. Cindi says:

    Here is something I learned recently: a large number of the homeless you see often have a place to live. My significant other of many years just finished an internship in the mental health field and found that quite a number of them live in assisted living facilities (which means they get help on rent, bills, food etc) but if they are addicts they pick a well trafficked area and panhandle for their next fix. So, no, I do not give to panhandlers. I do give to donations to food pantries and shelters for battered women and children, though, because there are still many people that truly need help to get on their feet.

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    Amy Reply:

    That is exactly the reason I never give cash and prefer to give to organizations.

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