Umbrella of ignorance

A number of Irish bloggers were recently writing about their pet peeves. I didn’t get in on it at the time but I saw something today that reminded me of one of mine. I absolutely cannot stand people who litter. I often point out to people that they have dropped something at considerable risk to myself. Since I moved to Crumlin I’ve had to rein in this habit. However there is one young lady currently residing either in Lower Dublin 12 or Upper Dublin 6W and if I see her again tomorrow I am going to have a sharp word with her. This morning, which was truly filthy, as I cycled schoolwards I passed a young lady standing at a bus stop. She had an umbrella and it was in tatters. I dropped the eldest into school (more anon as Gaeilge!) and turned around to head into the Digital Hub where I work. What did I see on my way back? The young “lady’s” umbrella on the side of the road. Not only was it a disgraceful piece of littering but it was also a danger on a very busy road on a very wet morning. When I had passed her originally I thought she looked like she was going to chuck it and I said to myself “Noooo!” I considered stopping to discuss it with her but I was laready running late with the weather and I thought again, “No there’s no way a smart-looking young person like that could be so ignorant.” Now the only other thing that has just occurred to me is that maybe some other ignoramus had chucked it and she had picked it up and was considering what to do with it. No I’m being too nice to the total ignoramus. If I see her tomorrow, she is getting a piece of my mind. Scumbag

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