I’m having a bit of a moral quandry, and Chris suggested I put it out to you good people of the internets for support, backup, shame or whatever I deserve on this one, because I just don’t know.
Here’s the deal: I admonished a homeless (and possibly mentally unstable) man for littering.
Oh yes I did.
I couldn’t help it. There he was, on the corner in front of the church, like always, and he opened a pack of smokes and dropped the cello and the foil right onto the sidewalk. Well, I was walking by at that exact moment, and nobody likes a litterbug, and I have a big mouth, so I scooped up his garbage and said, ‘You don’t have to be a litterbug!’
And I walked away, and that’s when I started wondering if maybe I was being harsh. But, I don’t know – does being homeless give one a pass on littering? I mean, on one hand, what has this city ever done for him, right? But on the other hand, if he’s unfortunately living on the streets, you’d think he would not want to contribute to a garbage problem.
Ok, seriously, do I need my ass kicked, or is my instinct to be a decent citizen justifiable? Should I have the same expectation of him that I do any of my neighbours, or should I have just picked up the litter, bought him a coffee and kept my mouth shut (which I have a problem doing)?