Shades of Grey: Raising Litterbugs

The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey
The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but the thought process they go through to arrive at their decisions.

Submitted for Your Discussion & Consideration

One beautiful December evening, you join a carload of friends and family on a drive to see Christmas displays. You drive through many neighborhoods and downtown. You even drive into the country to see a big display that is “locally famous” at a private home.

Everyone is having a nice time. Midway through, you stop for cups of ice cream and then continue the drive.

As you pass along beautifully lit streets in a development, one of the children sitting in the back seat opens their window and throws out their ice cream cup. Neither of his parents say a thing, and his sister only says, “Roll up that window. I’m cold!”

How do you feel about this young child littering? Are you shocked, or not, at the parents not caring or correcting him? Do you think the parents taught the behavior to the child? How do you think you would handle the situation?

Moving forward, do you think you would want to go on outings with this family again, or would break ties in case worse behavior might show itself later?



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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.