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What is wrong with people?

Old 04-23-06, 08:56 PM
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What is wrong with people?

I'm riding 360 this afternoon, and I was reminded of something I noticed quite a few months ago, WHY DO SOME ROADIEES LITTER VIGOROUSLY? I saw at least three different events where folks clearly had changed a tire, left behind was the empty CO2 cartidges, the used tubes, and the boxes they came in.

WTH is wrong with you people?
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That's really awful that someone would leave that kind of junk behind. It's not as if they don't have space to put it because they had to bring it in the first place!!
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz
That's really awful that someone would leave that kind of junk behind. It's not as if they don't have space to put it because they had to bring it in the first place!!
Man and this is AUSTIN. Were supposed to be green here!!! Its INSANE.

BTW, the "you people" was oriented toward those leaving the trash, not everyone in general.
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Originally Posted by mellowdave
WTH is wrong with you people?
Thoughtless . . . self-centered . . . stupid . . . these immediately come to mind.
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When I see people pitching their gu wrappers on the side of the road It burns me up. It always seems to be the guy with the real expensive bike and thinks that gives him the right to ride in the front. It just seems to fly in the face of the whole culture of bicycling, or at least the people I ride with.
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Originally Posted by mellowdave
WTH is wrong with you people?
How much time have you got?
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Tell me about it. It really ticks me off when people litter. Same thing goes for people driving. I was behind this SUV the other day, next thing I know a wrapper is flying out of the window. I layed on a horn for about 3 seconds. I pull up to the SUV at next light (I was making a left turn), she looks at me like a cow on to oncomming train. I just flipped her off, and kept turning. Stupid @$!@$@!%@##@.
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My favorite is when they are at a red light and empty their ash tray on the road. WTF
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Originally Posted by mellowdave
I'm riding 360 this afternoon, and I was reminded of something I noticed quite a few months ago, WHY DO SOME ROADIEES LITTER VIGOROUSLY? I saw at least three different events where folks clearly had changed a tire, left behind was the empty CO2 cartidges, the used tubes, and the boxes they came in.

WTH is wrong with you people?
Maybe because they see the pros doing it on TV (tossing energy bar wrappers, bottles, etc.) and figure that dropping a few extra grams will make a difference somehow (or maybe it makes them feel more like a pro). The difference is that those big races probably have a cleanup crew that goes out and picks up the litter afterwards (at least I hope they do!).
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
Tell me about it. It really ticks me off when people litter. Same thing goes for people driving. I was behind this SUV the other day, next thing I know a wrapper is flying out of the window. I layed on a horn for about 3 seconds. I pull up to the SUV at next light (I was making a left turn), she looks at me like a cow on to oncomming train. I just flipped her off, and kept turning. Stupid @$!@$@!%@##@.
In my state,Pennsylvania, theres an 800 number that you call when you see some ignorant slob doing what you describe.A little while latter they receive in the mail litter bags and a nice letter saying that "someone" saw you throwing X from your car this date and the cost to keep litter under control .Also included is the vehicle code section on littering and the fine and cost
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One of my pet peeves is seeing that shower of red sparks that tells you the idiot in front of you has tossed their still-lit cancer stick out into the middle of the road. I think I'm going to start leaning on the horn whenever I see this.
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We have these events here in Switzerland called slowUp, where the roads around a lake are closed for any kind of motorised traffic except emergency vehicles. It's supposed to be a "green" event.

I strongly doubt these environmental ideas though, when my parents who live on such a lake, have to clean litter by the bags out of their garden where the road passes it...
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People see the pros toss their trash to the side and want to be like the pros. In every sport amatures try to be like "Mike" (the pros). One thing I really hate is those people who toss out the done, but still lit cancer stick. When I am following behind those people I always scream in my car, "hey, who the hell you think is gonna pick that up?" Makes me mad to see it. Later.
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I wonder how they would feel if you dumped a trash can on their lawn?

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I wonder how they would feel if you dumped a trash can on their lawn?

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They'd probably call the police.There the kind of people that rally for homeless people and when one shows up they want the swat team to remove them from there neighborhood
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Ive often considered finding an open car window to dump the diaper pail into. "ahh yes, well Im done with this so let me dump it someplace that wont bother ME"...

(actually we cloth diaper and my wife would sh*t if I dumped her "stash" but man would they be in for a shock...)

A friend who is a police officer tells me throwing a lit cigerette out the window in Texas will get a nice 1500.00 fine (discarding burning debris from a moving vehicle). Unfortunately the courts usually dismiss it because you cant really prove it was buring. But it would be nice to see the shock when they see the fine scale...
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
she looks at me like a cow on to oncomming train.
Oh that is good ... I will have to remember that one.
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I thought that, apart from in Austin, it was encouraged to litter in Texas

Originally Posted by mellowdave
I'm riding 360 this afternoon, and I was reminded of something I noticed quite a few months ago, WHY DO SOME ROADIEES LITTER VIGOROUSLY? I saw at least three different events where folks clearly had changed a tire, left behind was the empty CO2 cartidges, the used tubes, and the boxes they came in.

WTH is wrong with you people?

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It's so easy not to litter. I'm with the OP in my astonishment when I see *anyone* tossing trash on the road.

I counted up the contents of one of my jersey pockets after yesterday's ride: 1 Empty ClifBar wrapper; 1 spent CarbBoom packet; the plastic wrapper from the top of a Gatorade 24 oz. bottle. All of which I resisted the temptation to throw to the side of the road. I can't believe I had those extra 5 grams of weight holding me back for the remainder of my ride! I probably could have gotten my ride done 10 seconds quicker had I chucked the wrappers....
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What does "riding 360" mean?
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riding around I'm guessing 360 a circle, a round, cute word play I'd say
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OK, be honest now, How many of you spit out the end of the GU packet? I'll admit I've done it in the heat of battle . I know its wrong, and I never throw out the packet itself, but it's hard sometimes to deal with the end and the packet, while trying not to barf at 27mph. I'm thinking of switching to the brand with the little leash for the end to avoid the problem and ease my guilty mind.
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Whenever I find a tube on the ground, I pick it up, take it home, and patch it up. This, and the $5 off $5 coupons from Performance, I don't remember the last time I spent $ on tubes.
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