VIDEO: Littering the Streets of Claycord

July 30, 2014 8:00 am · 60 comments

There are garbage cans all over the place, but some people still think littering isn’t a big deal.

If you get caught, you could be fined $1,000.

Does anybody else get upset when they see somebody just throw trash on the ground?

1 Let's Go Oakland July 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Yup. It irks me a great deal. Whether it be someone throwing stuff from their car like this guy, or someone leaving crap on mine like the local restaurants with their menus and the silly Christians with their God pamphlets.

2 SK July 30, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Just because the law is on the books doesn’t mean the officers will write a ticket. I’d like to see it enforced, but then I’d also like to see the officers write tickets for smoking in downtown Concord. From the number of cigarette butts on the sidewalks, I’m guessing that doesn’t happen either. People ought to get a ticket for smoking and a ticket for littering after throwing their butts on the ground. Oh, well.

3 wc44 July 30, 2014 at 8:26 AM

They should start with cigarette butts. They would collect enough revenue to lower the sale tax by staking out BART.

4 Tom July 30, 2014 at 8:29 AM

It bothers me, but I don’t let it affect me. There’s a difference. I learned a long time ago to focus on things I can control.

There’s a lot of irresponsible, unstable people in society who lack character. My guess would be lousy parenting. Fining them is a good idea, but the ones who will pay the fine aren’t the ones littering.

It’s not only sad, it’s pathetic. Wow.

5 That's All Folks! July 30, 2014 at 8:36 AM

The other day I saw a woman take a piece of paper and drop it on the sidewalk, so I thought I’d intimidate her into picking it up and it worked. I politely said “Don’t litter, it’s a slap in America’s face.” She replied, “Oops, I’m sorry.” and she picked it up and threw it into a garbage can that was two feet away.

6 NoMoreFreeRide July 30, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Go to the park and watch after the ice cream truck arrives. The park will look like a garbage dump as all the children throw their wrappers on the ground as the parents stand by watching. These people have no appreciation of or respect for America.

7 Marianne July 30, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I agree with you wc44 because it’s worked so far, idiot. And it’s just so clean.

8 Silva July 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

I LOVE the galloping horses hooves sound effect!

9 Incognito July 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

People are pigs and it’s only getting worse.
No self-respect or pride in anything any more. Sad.

10 Anon July 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Really wish the Oak Grove Middle School parents and kids could be educated on litter…get so tired of picking up breakfast bags, soiled diapers, ice cream wrappers etc. etc.. The street gutters are their garbage cans.

11 Silva July 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I just pick it up whenever I can. My 4 year old grandson helps too.

12 Stupid People July 30, 2014 at 9:16 AM

This is sad, that people have no respect for the cleanliness of our cities, especially in Concord. Why is it that the whole city of Concord smells like one big dumpster? I think i have my answer now.

I see this behavior all the time at the sun valley mall, too. One fat Concord moose-lady threw out her half empty coke bottle as she was driving by. I yelled at her to stop littering, and of course she just yelled something back at me. These people will never learn.

13 ISCoffee July 30, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I don’t know why inconsiderate crap dusters want to continue to litter. Stop and pick up your crap!

14 just a concordian July 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Oh come on. The city of Concord doesn’t smell like one big dumpster. It smells like a medium sized taqueria. On the other hand, feel free to smell the stench of puke in WC on a Fri/Sat night.

15 HeyNow July 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I am seeing more bags of fast food on the road, like they just finished eating and tossed the whole bag out the window. I am waiting until I see it actually happen. then here is the plan. Follow them, being careful not to be seen, to their home. Then on a quiet night, go to Fast Food restaurant and take a few large bags of garbage from their dumpster and deliver it to their home all over the front yard. Well, maybe not, but i can dream….

16 Isabelle July 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I see litter all the time…people, we really need to keep our city clean.

17 nytemuvr July 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

@Tom #4
Thumbs up!!!

18 Michelle July 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I’ve been guilty of tossing litter out of my window.

19 TrashLand July 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I’ve seen morons open their car windows and throw fast food bags out of their cars. It’s unbelievable. I would love to see these low lives get cited for this. My man was walking one day and a man walking in front of him with his lady took out a cigarette and then threw the empty cigarette packet on the ground. My man picked it up and threw it away (the garbage can was about 1 ft away from this man) and then confronted the man who could have cared less. So disgusting.

20 PhilthyPHRESH July 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

I got a problem with the homeless issue. They smell bad, sit all on the sidewalk under overpasses when it’s raining, smelling bad, leave crap-loads of trash and other waste. This weekend there was a camp by Bonfare, The Police came kicked them off, but the bums remained for about two hours, not to mention came back the next day, and now there’s a pile of crap there. And these homeless sleep all downtown, drunk as hell at high noon, smelling bad all on the lawns. I don’t think the city is doing anything to get rid of bums on the streets, I see the same ones daily, and nightly.

21 Mr. Pink July 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Saw a woman in Oakland take the plastic top and straw off a soda cup and just drop it on the sidewalk. And there was a trash can withing 10-feet. I pushed her in front of a bus. Kidding.

22 Let's Go Oakland July 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Well, Michelle, you’re kinda an a$$hole.

23 Concord Res July 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

at HeyNow, I see this on Aryers Rd between Clayton Rd and Ygnacio on my way to work same place in the middle of the road. Looks like someone on their way home stops at the fast food and dumps it.To lazy to take to their house. Would love to setup a camera or get the receipt out of the bag and check camera time at the fast food where it was purchased. P.S. Take down you Damn Garage Sale Signs after your Sale!

On a good note: Driving by this morning I seen an older man picking up trash in the same place on his walk. Thanks who ever you are.

24 WC July 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The only ‘puke and stench’ coming from Walnut Creek is that from the nearby Concordians who show up in downtown looking to steal from the local residents who have jobs and some money.

25 Michelle July 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM

@Oakland
Thank you. :-)

26 Your Kids suck!!! July 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I think the problem is really that kids today inherit the bad behaviors from their parents. I see these unfortunate offspring throwing their f-ing mcdonald’s lunch bags all over the parking lots. one time there was a half empty mcdonald’s bag with some food, and these kids came by and just kicked the bag so all the remaining food was scattered all over the place. even if you confront these unfortunate offspring, they will just yell back or flip you off. The real garbage are your kids. clean them up.

27 Non-litterer July 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM

If I’m walking behind people who throw a cigarette butt on the ground I catch up and say “Excuse me, you dropped something” and when they give me a puzzled look I tell them they dropped their cigarette butt. They almost always pick it up.

28 Michelle July 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM

@Oakland glad to know that I rock your world.

29 Moe, Larry & Curly July 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM

@ #22 Let’s Go Oakland,
At least she’s an honest a$$hole.

30 Hate Litter!! July 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM

It’s one of my biggest pet peeves! People think the earth is their personal garbage can or ashtray.

Usually when I see someone litter, I innocently call out to them that they dropped something, Often, they are embarrassed and pick it up. Maybe they drop it again a few steps later, but it’s all I can do without getting in a fight.

31 anon July 30, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Yes, it irks me a great deal. Was on Hwy 4 and car in front of me tossed out soda or water bottle and I was like is it such a big deal to leave said container in car and dispose of when you reach your destination. There is no reason to litter, none and I don’t understand why people do it. Laziness I guess.

32 Thatguy July 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I am tired of the kids parking in the neighborhoods around Cowell Park at night, smoking their dope, and leaving their munchies bags in the street. They were raised right here in Concord by parents who raised them without ever teaching them respect and responsibility. We live in a society today that is self consumed and always places the blame on someone or something else. Let’ be honest the police have enough to do. I will just continue to do my part by picking up the litter of these self entitled brats before my neighborhood turns into a dump. Please teach your children the basics of being a good citizen, so we can continue to live in a civilized society.

33 Chalkboy8 July 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM

What if said litter falls out of your hand accidentally or the wind blows it away?

34 arghhh! July 30, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Get so frustrated with those who throw their leftover trash out the window! Was stopped at a light behind a couple of teen girls, and the driver tossed her cup and fast food bag out the window. I made a big deal of pulling up a bit, pretending to get a pencil and paper on the dash and strain to copy down their license plate number. As soon as I started “writing”, the driver hopped out of the car and picked up her trash just as the light changed! Felt so good!! Maybe they learned a lesson that others are always watching what they do!!

35 ms.v July 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I think people who think they are better than others because of where they live are pathetic. Making the comments you do makes you just as ugly as those who litter. Keep your garbage to yourself. It’s pathetic.

36 anonanonagain July 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

People that dump garbage on unincorporated roads or litter our streets, parks, streams, and eventually our oceans make me ill.
They have no regard for this planet or probably themselves. They do not realize that everything that they do has in some way an impact on this planet how insignificant that they think it is. But then again those that have no troubles trashing the planet probably feel like trash too…….

37 Tea Bagger's undies... July 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I don’t think so “ms. v” – just tired of people who come around here to a nice city and throw their sh-t wherever they please. I like where I live, and want to keep it clean. If people cannot stop littering then they should just stay home, wherever than dump might be.

38 Me July 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM

On my way back from BART I witnessed a lowlife throw a coke and some other waste into the parkway as he walked down the street. Not a care in the world and zero shame expressed. Another long white tee loser with a jailhouse strut.

39 slagheap July 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

something to be said for how it’s done in singapore – look into it if you don’t already know. veeerrry little litter in singapore streets.

40 Hate litterbugs July 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM

I don’t live in any fancy area, I live in N. Concord. Me like everyone else can’t seem to fathom why garbage can’t go into a can. Doesn’t mean we think we are better than others, it just means we would like to see our planet clean. Where do you think all that waste ends up? It litters our streets/neighborhoods, goes into storm drains which then go into lakes/streams/rivers and the ocean. Animals eat the garbage. It just makes everything look bad, makes bad neighborhoods look worse. Why not throw it away? I too pick up others litter. I was at the beach and people’s picnic litter was blowing all over the place. I got up and picked up what I could and tossed it in a trash can on my way out with my garbage. Why is that so hard? I too agree that it comes from setting good examples. Wake up parents before it’s too late. What kind of world do you want your offspring to live in?

41 The absolute worst July 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Biggest peeve!!!
What is wrong with these people!!!

42 natrunz July 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Yes. Especially cigarette butts. It’s so hot and dry out there. People just don’t care.

43 Concord Mom July 30, 2014 at 9:49 PM

It’s extremely frustrating! My husband and I were in our front yard one evening when a person driving down our street tossed a half eaten carton of ice cream out of their window! Who are these people?!

44 Marianne July 30, 2014 at 9:58 PM

What idiots that do this!

45 annoyed July 30, 2014 at 10:08 PM

End disposable items! Fast food and businesses that sell disposable items should charge a tax used to hire people to clean up trash that liters our neighborhoods. The more people litter the higher the tax goes a $25 dollar
Big Mac would be self resolving.

46 even more so July 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

You hit the nail on the head annoyed!

47 wibbly July 30, 2014 at 10:56 PM

If a Big Mac cost $25 and people still ate at Mc Donalds, I would scrape and scringe to invest in that chain.

48 Dr. Jellyfinger® July 30, 2014 at 11:42 PM

@Wibbly…… I’m cool with “scrape” but define “scringe”

49 Silva July 31, 2014 at 7:30 AM

If each those upset here picked up just a few pieces of trash each and every day, the world would be a better place. Others would join in, and the examples would be contageous. There would be a chain reaction. Kids and adults would learn.

50 wibbly July 31, 2014 at 7:34 AM

@Dr. Jellyfinger®
Definition of scringe: To squeeze a dollar bill until the last penny drops out while the eagle is screaming.
I was almost charged with animal abuse because of those screaming eagles in my wallet.

51 I'm Guilty... July 31, 2014 at 7:34 AM

I have littered… Not all the time, but I can not say that I’ve never done it.. It does get annoying coming out my front door to a candy wrapper wrapper flapping around in the bush outside. My neighbor confronted me once because she thought that I had been throwing wrappers in her yard, because she’d have one or 2, and i’d have 5-6 in my yard.. So I guess she assumes that I litter in my own yard?

52 That's nothing July 31, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I was at a gas station and a big cadillac pulled up next to me, 7 kids jumped out of the car and dumped out a big KFC bucket of chicken bones and napkins, and cups on the ground. The big fat momma did not even say anything to the kids for littering and drove off like nothing ever happened.

53 Mimi (original) July 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Let’s face it, Claycordians, 90% of the populace are PIGS!

54 Cat Wrangler July 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Here are 3 good rules we use in our family:

1) Leave each place cleaner and better than you found it.

2) Raise your children to follow Rule #1.

3) If someone litters and makes a mess clean it up, recycle all that you can and throw away the rest – even if the person responsible won’t.

55 Cat Wrangler July 31, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Chris Rock was interviewed on 60 Minutes many years ago and said that he was raised by a working mother. He said his mom would come home and send him outside to clean up the garbage from their front yard which was left by others passing through their neighborhood. He also said that as far as his mom was concerned that he was not finished cleaning the yard until he cleaned the other neighbors’ yards, too. Awesome story and example!

56 Silva July 31, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Cat Wrangler #55, Awesome! That was my mom’s motto. She applied it to people and animals too. It really works!

57 Meemo July 31, 2014 at 1:21 PM

People make their own ghettos by not taking care of where they live, keeping their lives clean. They get so used to be lazy and dirty that they spread the filth around. Education and self-respect are the best cures for this kind of behavior.

58 Good heart July 31, 2014 at 2:09 PM

It starts at home people! Raising kids with respect for others and the environment is first step to a better place to live. Always going to have some idiots who think there better than anyone and don’t have to comply to any laws or rules, hopefully life’s Karma will come back and bite them is the ass big time! In the mean time the rest of us have to set good examples!

59 Cat Wrangler July 31, 2014 at 2:50 PM

@ Silva – :)

60 Highway Veteran August 1, 2014 at 10:43 AM

I agree with many people who have expressed concerns about litter, which is a problem. Some people do not have respect for others and the area they live. I think they will not learn to change this thoughtless behavior unless they are caught, have to pay a fine, start a fire, or see the consequences of refuse in the ecosystem.

A few years ago I observed a passenger in a vehicle throwing napkins out the window. This angered me so I clearly said, “we do not litter in Concord” as I drove past the car.

Earlier this year, while during on Highway 4 and on a street, I observed two motorists throwing lite cigarettes out of their car! These people are really a threat and could cause a fire.

We spend tax dollars to pick up after the irresponsible. As a concerned citizen, I pick-up cups, cans, plates, paper and fast food bags left on the street in my neighborhood or elsewhere, if possible. If I see someone in the act of littering then I remind them to pick-up their garbage.

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