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AGGIE MACKENZIE

Hippie crack canisters and human waste on our streets — we’ve gone feral

LOCKDOWN has brought out the worst behaviour in some people.

We are seeing hideous, hellish sights in parks and on beaches across the country.

If a place looks like a dump, people start treating it like that
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If a place looks like a dump, people start treating it like that

Beauty spots have been made into ugly spots by the selfish actions of certain visitors: Litter strewn across the sand, “hippie crack” canisters scattered over public spaces, even human waste dumped in our streets.

What has become of us? We’ve gone feral. It wasn’t that long ago we were heading to Costa clutching our reusable coffee cups with pride and packing our groceries into our “bags for life”.

We were horrified when David Attenborough showed us footage of a turtle tangled up in plastic that had found its way into the ocean.

We dutifully sorted our trash into recycling bins and shunned plastic straws.

Now it is like a boil has burst. People have been repressed for so long during lockdown that, now they are free to go out again, they have forgotten how to behave.

They see others leave their rubbish and think it is OK to do it too. It is classic copycat behaviour. If a place looks like a dump, people start treating it like that.

When daytrippers are drinking or getting high on “laughing gas”, they are likely to lose their inhibitions. They become irresponsible and unashamed of urinating in the street.

If you can’t find a bin or they are all overflowing, take your rubbish home with you. It’s not difficult.

In fact, take two carrier bags out with you — one for your litter and one if you really can’t find a toilet.

But if it comes to that, please hide yourself away. It is so undignified to think of people defecating in public places such as the grounds of the Queen’s Balmoral estate, as The Sun reported on Monday.

For goodness’ sake! A lot of public loos aren’t open — and that is something councils need to really look at. No one wants to see our countryside turned into a toilet.

It is great we can now meet up with others for a few drinks in the outdoors and take the family to the beach. But we really must look at ourselves.

The police have better things to do than tell grown men and women to bin their McDonald’s boxes. Now is the time to take some personal responsibility.

It is interesting that people in Wales and Scotland are still restricted to travelling just five miles from their homes. If people in England can’t respect our outdoors, perhaps we should apply that across the whole UK.

Then the only people allowed on our glorious beaches would be locals who care for the area. Another idea might be to place refuse trucks nearby, with bins for general waste and recycling containers. That way there would be no excuse not to dispose of your rubbish properly.

It is great we can now meet up with others for a few drinks in the outdoors and take the family to the beach - but we really must look at ourselves
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It is great we can now meet up with others for a few drinks in the outdoors and take the family to the beach - but we really must look at ourselvesCredit: Alamy Live News

In Spain’s Benidorm, sun worshippers have to use an online booking system to secure their spot on the sand. That keeps the numbers at an acceptable level.

We have the Keep It, Bin It campaign — a joint message from the Government and Keep Britain Tidy. But at the moment it seems to be falling on deaf ears. We need to be tough.

Clearly, putting up signs saying “Beauty dies where litter lies” is not doing the job. We need bigger fines to act as a real deterrent.

Alternatively, we could follow the example of California, in the US, where they impose community service on louts who leave their rubbish behind.

When I was in Los Angeles I saw people in uniform cleaning the beaches.
In that city, a third littering offence results in 24 hours of collecting rubbish.

Such community service could be a humbling experience that would help people realise how unpleasant it is to tidy up someone else’s mess.Sadly, it seems we need to be reminded about wildlife and sealife getting choked by plastic.

Perhaps we need to see some stark images on Instagram, TikTok and all the other social media young people use. Not that young people are solely at fault. Unfortunately, many of those to blame are old enough to know better.

It seems our morals have gone out of the window along with social distancing. The messaging from the Government has been all over the place.

Better enforcement of social distancing — as we saw in the early days of lockdown — would mean fewer people congregating in public areas and less litter.

People in England have been told it is OK to go to the beach, meet other people and enjoy themselves . . . and they have gone mad. In Wales and Scotland, the messaging has been very clear.

One piece of good news is that the weather is going to be rubbish this weekend, when the pubs and restaurants reopen.

Perhaps that will limit the numbers heading to our beaches and parks, giving us all some extra time to think about how we behave.

We have come through lockdown but we need to emerge in positive fashion, thinking about each other — and our country.

Aggie knows a thing or two about cleaning
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Aggie knows a thing or two about cleaningCredit: Rex Features
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