Rubbish With Your Name On It

| A shop owner in England is tackling the litter problem in her neighborhood by marking sweets wrappers and drink bottles with the names of the children buying them. This way, she tells the BBC, she can easily identify and reprimand litter “offenders.” Waste-personalization is hardly a novel ideal; it’s been done before (to Dubner’s delight) with dog poo. Perhaps the best next target is mortgage-backed securities … (HT: Tom A. Kosakowski) [%comments]


So which one of you 312 Jimmy Smith's did it???

Erica P.

I recall reading back in the '80s an anecdote from one of Edward de Bono's lateral thinking books:

A small municipality enlisted the town's populace to paint the exterior of a large building, but the volunteers weren't fulfilling their civic duty. Someone hit upon the idea of dividing the surface into squares and putting the names (or initials) of the deadbeat painters in each one. The task was quickly accomplished. (I guess it would have been even more unseemly for the guilty to simply paint over their names.)

Nick O.

I love the discussion of mortgage-backed securities immediately following the mention of dog-poo. All the same, you could have spoke of both in the same sentence.

Kevin C

Reminds me of a Sergeant-Major I knew in the Army. If he was walking around and saw a piece of trash on the ground, he would pick it up, write the date on it, then put it back down.

About once a week he would walk around with one of his First Sergeant's. During the conversation, he would ask the First Sergeant if his company was police-calling (military for picking up the trash) the area that they were supposed to. Of course, the answer would always be yes. If they saw a piece of trash, the Sergeant-Major would ask the First-Sergeant to check the date on it.

I had the good fortune to be nearby when a new First-Sergeant, not 2 minutes after saying "Of course, we do it every morning." picked up a cigarette butt with a week old date on it.