The Thing that REALLY Bugs me!

I was driving along today behind a car when I noticed the driver was smoking. So what...their car, their business.  That was until they tossed the smoldering butt of their cigarette onto the street.  It irked me, but what can you do? And then it happened again!

cigarette Butts

Why is it that perfectly respectable people find that it is okay to litter if it is a cigarette butt?

I doubt that any of these fine, upstanding (I suppose) citizens would ever consider tossing a finished soda can out the window, but they think nothing of tossing out a burning piece of paper wrapped around a filter?  Never having been a smoker, all I can figure is that they don't want it burning in their car and causing litter INSIDE.Gosh, they would have to pick it up. Why not have the county/city/state bear the cost of cleaning up all of those nasty cigarette butts?


Please think twice before you toss that little piece of burning paper out the window next time...

I think it is time to bring back the crying Indian Chief (I know I am dating myself).  I doubt anyone raised after spending their childhood watching that wants to litter! If you've never seen the ad, here is the YouTube link:



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Comment balloon 4 commentsHolly Weatherwax • June 15 2008 06:30PM


I disagree. I think people that will throw their cigarette butts out the window would throw their drink cans out the window too. Trash is TRASH!!!

Add to your list of things that REALLY bug you..... people who smoke with kids in the car!

Posted by Susan Hilton, Texas Aggie Real Estate, College Station Bryan Texas Real Estate (CENTURY 21 Beal, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hi Holly. I couldn't agree more. Some people are just pigs - Ray

Posted by Ray Wilson, NYS Licensed Home and Building Inspector (Meticulous Home Inspection Corporation) over 10 years ago

The thing that bothers me about cigarette butts out the window is the fire hazard. Especially in dry conditions. That thing can cause an unbelievable amount of harm and tragedy. Please don't throw these out your car windows.

Posted by Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906 (Towne Adams REALTORS) over 10 years ago

Thanks for your commments. Susan, I could not agree with you more! I thought I would sound too judgemental if I started a list of ALL the things that bug me. How about the people who smoke, with their kids in the car (not wearing seatbelts) AND tossing their cigarette butts out the window? They are the worst--and I have seen them! 

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 10 years ago

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