David Sedaris, who obsessively carries out eight-hour litter picks in Pulborough, said many discarded items he finds were “the cheapest” .
The American author and broadcaster, who denied being a snob, has a council rubbish truck named after him in honour of his efforts.*stifled giggles*
I confess, he sounds just like the sort of earnest bore that you’d avoid at a party as he hoves into sight, clutching a soft drink and with a sheen of perspiration and a fevered gleam in his eye at the prospect of buttonholing a victim to listen to him spout off about his hobby horse.
But…is he wrong?
While giving evidence at a House of Commons inquiry into littering, he said: “If I am looking at things I find at the side of the road, I haven’t found opera tickets.
“There’s a Waitrose not far from me. I found one Waitrose bag last year. There’s a Tesco Metro that I think of as a litter-supply store not far by and I find Tesco bags all the time.
“I don’t find containers that nuts came in. It’s fast food, crisps, candy bars.
“Of all the cigarettes I find, I find more Mayfair than any other brand. And are Mayfair not the cheapest cigarettes?”
“I’m not trying to sound like a snob but there is no denying the things you’ve found.”It would appear there isn’t, though I bet there’s a lot of progressives trying to find ways to do just that.
He also suggested authority figures like teachers and judges were to blame for poor education on littering. He described how one headteacher said asking children to pick up litter would be “demeaning” .
Mr Sedaris added: “Why should everyone have to live in a teenager’s bedroom?
“It’s bad for your spirit – I don’t care where you live or how much money you have – to have to walk through filth is no way to live.”It seems, though, that some prefer to live that way. Isn't it about time we acknowledged that?