Yesterday I was coming out of my gym in downtown Portland when two women stepped right in front of me. They were smoking cigarettes. One woman threw hers on on the sidewalk right in front of me.
I was kind of shocked. You just don't see stuff like that in Portland usually. For the most part, people are environmentally conscious and polite. I think they might have even been dykes. (Although they did kind of look like they were from Gresham.)
Caught off guard, I said, "Seriously?" She glanced at me and said, "Yup" and just kept on walking.
I watched them walk away and then picked her cigarette butt off the ground and put it in the near-by trash can.
I just kept thinking there was something more effective I could have done. What would you do?
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