Litterbugs: It's time to get in their faces
I READ Bob Green-field s letter (Recorder, March 4) regarding the problem of school pupils littering the streets of our borough with great interest as I ve been on a personal crusade against this type of behaviour for a few months now. I am a firm believ
I READ Bob Green-field's letter (Recorder, March 4) regarding the problem of school pupils littering the streets of our borough with great interest as I've been on a personal crusade against this type of behaviour for a few months now.
I am a firm believer that letting young people get away with these "low-level" offences will lead them to believe that they are untouchable and engender an attitude of "I can do what I want".
Rather than contacting the school and being told the same things that Bob and his fellow residents were, I've taken a more direct route and "got in the faces" of the perpetrators.
I pick up the rubbish and physically give it back to them, telling them "there's a bin there, mate". If they give me any back chat I give them some back.
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I'm sure if more of us did this the message would get through - if the powers that be are helpless against this type of problem the public must act, it's our community so let's deal with these things!
Get a group of like-minded people together and get out there and at them!
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It's worth remembering that these pupils are children and it is all of our responsibility as adults to educate children. If we fear the young our society will fall to pieces in a generation.
I appeal to any readers who are confident enough to challenge a litter lout to step up to the mark, we simply must not give up and be intimidated.
Get organised, get a team together, get photographic evidence, get petitions under the noses of the councillors, get neighbourhood watch systems in place, get to know your local safer neighbourhood teams, make a nuisance of yourself until head teachers do something.