03414089-68FC-4752-8725-2A9A859F32D6There’s been a litter problem of late at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Some people are leaving their trash on the sand when they leave that beautiful beach.

It’s annoying and it’s disappointing that there are people who just don’t care enough to gather up their litter and put it in the trash cans that are located about every 40 feet on the sidewalk just off the beach.

Apparently some geniuses at the National Park Service came up with what they thought to be a foolproof plan to reduce the amount of litter left at Ocean Beach.

The idea is that having fewer trash cans will encourage beach visitors to be more responsible and to “properly dispose of their garbage” by taking it home with them when they leave the beach and disposing of it there.

And so, in a seemingly counterintuitive move, the National Park Service has removed most of the garbage cans along Ocean Beach.

“People will start to take personal responsibility for the beach that they use,” according to a public affairs specialist for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Do these geniuses at the National Park Service have any inkling into human behavior? Have they ever met any actual “people”?

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “inkling.”

14 thoughts on “Garbage

  1. Suze January 28, 2018 / 8:13 am

    oh dear…did NO ONE remember Venice Beach’s attempt to do the same in 1989? Was a total failure!

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  2. thebackyardpoet January 28, 2018 / 8:21 am

    The way to get people to throw away their trash is to put up a sign that says, “$1 fee to use this trash container.” Then everyone will use it just to say they got over on the government.


  3. V.J. Knutson January 28, 2018 / 8:45 am

    I taught high school, and was always after students to pick up their trash, reminding them that somebody needs to take responsibility. Their response: “That’s what the janitors get paid for”. Personal pet peeve.

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