From BBC News 07/11/14:
A man has been ordered to pay almost £500 in fines and costs for dropping a snack lid on the ground in Bristol.
Gareth Daniel, 31, of Humberstan Walk, was seen by a PCSO dropping a Pringles lid in Lawrence Weston, in April.
Bristol magistrates heard he failed to pay a £75 fixed penalty notice, so a final warning was sent. He was taken to court and the fine was raised to £200.
Mr Daniel must also pay costs totalling £298.75. The council said it "would not tolerate littering on any scale".
Well said that man. Littering is a slippery slope towards certain ruin and it represents so much of what’s wrong with modern society.
Incidentally, don’t you think I’ve done well to avoid any references to ‘popping and stopping’? I suspect Pringles have got a more twenty first century slogan now – probably with a wretched smartphone app to boot.
And talking of litter, whatever happened to the humble litter pick? As a primary school kid in 1990s, I remember them being all the rage – a term rarely went by when we weren’t picking up empty crisp packets from the surrounding hedgerows or the nearby beach.
I’m not sure quite what we learnt by wandering around with bin liners, but to this day, I know that if I ever see a spent hypodermic needle on the ground, I must leave it alone and tell a teacher.
Not an entirely wasted exercise then.
And I’m sure clearing up the mess of others did wonders for our moral fibre. It was good preparation for life as a lawyer too.