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entitlement and overflowing trash cans

I walked into a bathroom my first year of college and had to step around a very overflowing trash can. Families moving college students in had grabbed fast food, and if their kid didn't have a personal trash can yet, they found the bathroom trash can, found it to be full, and set their fast food trash and cups around the trash. I was furious. There were dumpsters out back. Most students eventually would get a little trash can for their room, which they'd empty into the dumpster. But these parents and students alike had decided that they deserved to be able to use the first trash can they saw, which happened to be the one in the bathroom. The cleaning staff member who comes in once a day would have to not only take the trash out but pick up all the trash on the floor, too. It would take a while.

Entitlement: "Not should someone pick up my shit, but in special circumstances, on a busy day when the established system doesn't work, someone else should still pick up my shit."

How often do we stop and think about how pampered our lives are, that our trash is magically whisked away to a landfill we never have to think about. That's nice, just by itself. Go camping in the wilderness where you're expected to haul your own trash back home with you in your car... really makes you think about it.

Overflowing trash cans became my pet peeve, forever. Is the trash full? Then take it out. If you can't, then go find another one! Setting your trash next to the trash can is the worst thing you can do. You're a real asshole if you think that's okay. It sends a message that you think someone failed you, they weren't there to take the trash out fast enough so they deserve to be punished. Their punishment is more important than you taking a few more steps to find another place.

The next year at college I was the RA so I was in charge of the floor. I removed all trash cans from the bathroom and hid them for the first three days. It forced people to ask where trash belonged. I told them about the dumpsters outside.

They survived.


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Sep. 14th, 2016 02:02 am (UTC)
I think my similar pet peeve is the people who park right in front of a supermarket, rather than in the parking lot, because they're More Important than everyone else. There are handicap spots right there, if you had a handicap tag. But you don't. You're just a self-appointed special snowflake.
Sep. 14th, 2016 04:16 am (UTC)
Oh geez. That kind of behavior bugs the crap out of me too.
Sep. 14th, 2016 05:52 am (UTC)
Good for you as an RA!

I had a special three minute soapbox this year about the trash cans in the theatres for all new students. The TL:DR version: "If you see it is full or you put the last piece of trash in, YOU are responsible for emptying it. Not anyone else. YOU."
Sep. 14th, 2016 08:48 am (UTC)
At my university, the move-out instructions said that you would be charged a minimum of $25 for trash left in your room. So guess what? The rooms were clean, but the corridors were hip-deep in garbage, sometimes bagged, often not. Not even exaggerating. The school would get industrial-sized dumpsters about two weeks before move out (the kind that are 20 feet long) and put them in at least 4 different places on the residential green, but many people couldn't be bothered to haul their stuff to them. Not surprising, when they still had pop cans and pizza boxes from October or so.
Sep. 14th, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
Ugh I know. I couldn't believe the trash and messes people in dorms would leave for the clean-up people when I lived in the dorms. It pissed me off soooo much!
Sep. 14th, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
I hate when people do things like that. I think your solution was brilliant.
Sep. 14th, 2016 07:03 pm (UTC)
I hate when people do things like that. I think your solution was brilliant.
Sep. 15th, 2016 02:15 am (UTC)

I love your idea about taking the trash cans away. That's genius. I can't stand that either. Pure laziness!

Sep. 15th, 2016 02:48 am (UTC)
Today I actually asked a another parent at daycare getting out of their car in a handicap spot where their sticker was cause I didn't see it. Shocking, they didn't have one. Guess what? They moved their car.
Sep. 16th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
Sometimes, in very rare cases, it can be unavoidable. My complex has only one trash compactor. One day, it had broken. There were trash bags piled in front of it after a really bad thunderstorm, because it couldn't be used. Apparently, the compactor had been struck by lightning, according to the notice that later went out from the property management. What was I to do? I simply kept the trash near my door until the compactor was fixed, but in that instance, I sort of understood why the trash was piled in front of the compactor. Sometimes space is limited or some people have pets and don't want to hold on to the trash bag until the compactor is fixed.
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