Europeans and Their Butts
I’m absolutely disgusted with my fellow Europeans. Why is it that they can’t pick up their unsightly butts after a lazy day on the beach? Is this too much to ask for? Call me anal, but discovering a bunch of cigarette filters while running my fingers through the fine, white sand simply makes me fume.
Isn’t it slightly ironic that many of my fellow Germans are so environmentally conscious, yet they readily pollute beautiful beaches, amazing national parks or mind-blowing monuments with their cigarette butts? Somehow, they don’t consider them trash. But Germans are not the only ones. Other European travelers are just as bad. The above butt shot is a sad reminder of what many of the touristy beaches look like. From Khao Lak and Krabi in Thailand to Perhentian and Langkawi in Malaysia, the beaches are full of Europeans AND cigarette butts. A coincidence? I think not.
Yes, I feel strongly about cigarette butts. Often, I either pick them up or butt heads with those reckless buttheads who throw them away. In fact, I have quite a history when it comes to defending butt-free zones. I remember sitting on a Mayan pyramid in Tikal watching a fellow German tourist flick his half-smoked cigarette off the monument. I screamed bloody murder until he climbed down to pick it up. In that situation my bitching worked.
But I haven’t always been that successful. During a river trip in Croatia, another German (see the trend?) dumped his cigarette right into the beautiful water. When I brought everyone’s attention to it, he just smirked. Ten minutes later, he did it again. Only this time he made sure everyone saw him.
Really, what’s wrong with people? It’s about time smokers stop clogging the world with cigarette debris and start showing some consideration. I simply don’t want to find myself on the beach again face-down in a pile of butts. What about carrying a pocket ashtray? Better yet, kick the habit or I’ll kick your butt – and this time I mean BUTT.