This isn't a one-off, hence I knew what was coming. When did it become OK to leave your rubbish in public places for someone else to pick up? Would anyone do it at home and expect their partner to clear up after them, or at a friend's house? Obviously not, so I wonder if it's because the transport cleaners are 'faceless' that this action seemed 'acceptable'.
I once confronted a man who dropped litter next to a bin in the street and he came back with the misguided opinion that he was keeping someone in work. As if he honestly believed the street sweeper would be redundant without people like him 'helpfully' dropping litter every day to create enough work. A quick chat with a street cleaner confirmed they had enough work without anyone trying to add to the litter on purpose.
Back to the public transport litter offenders, some may complain it is because there aren't enough bins at stations, on platforms, trains and buses, etc. and that's the problem. As if leaving with that they brought with them was a burden.
The surreptitious litterers are fascinating to watch. The man biting his nails and dropping the chewed off pieces on the floor also wouldn't think he is doing any wrong as he's probably not even aware he's doing it. But still his nail 'clippings' are now on the train floor.
The commuters that leave their newspapers too are now considered litterers whereas this was once a courtesy to other passengers who may want to read the paper.
My garden wall has a collection of bottles and cans left on top most weekends, and crisps packets and sweet wrappers blow around my doorstep most days. It's a shame none of these people ever think to pop the items in my bins which are also next to my front door. Today a cigarette box was left on top of my wheelie bin. Close but not close enough.
When did we all stop thinking about who clears up after us? When did it become someone else's responsibility?