Dangerous Parking

[Picture of illegal and dangerous parking at school]I WAS STUNNED TO SEE A CAR PARKED  ON THE PAVEMENT.

Not only was the car parked completely on the pavement, but to get parked it had to negotiate the gap between two fences.  In addition to that, this is a corner — a busy one where school children have to cross the road in every direction.  Notice the ice and frost — a slip and slide hazard, not just for the vehicle, but for pedestrians who cannot use the railings. Finally, the car is a TAXI!  In other words, driven by a professional who ought to know the law, who ought to know better, and who should be more considerate than others  — not least of all for risking losing a livelihood.

Click on the picture to enlarge.

Do NOT Pick Up Dog Dirt!

[Picture of dog shit]THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN DOG MESS ON THE PAVEMENT IS WHEN A HUMAN BEING PICKS UP THE DOG MESS.

I saw it this morning: a woman watched her dog do it’s business. She then reached into her anorak pocket and produced a scrunched-up Morrison’s Supermarket carrier bag.  She pulled it over her hand, picked up the dog shit, and pulled the bag back over so that the shite was contained within the bag.

[Picture of hot dog crap in hand]Now, this is wrong and disgusting on many levels in my opinion.  Let’s begin with the supermarket carrier bag — we’re supposed to be getting away from using these plastic bags as they last for millions of years on landfills and kill wild life. On top of this, Morrison’s carriers are largely clear and see-through — hardly appropriate for this purpose.

The next thing that gets me annoyed is that the dog is allowed to poop anywhere it likes, and the owner will pick it up.  This is not right; humans picking up after dogs is wrong — we’re acting like they are superior and we are the servants.

Think about it, a dog crap on the pavement is something to be avoided — and it can be avoided most of the time because is obviously present.  On the other hand, a dog poo that was lifted will leave residue and germs behind that are far less evident.  People do not see the danger and walk on the fouled region to then spread the germs on floors and carpets at home and in cars.  Kids drops things, bounce balls, and ride over such places to spread germs and infection far and wide.

[Picture about hand washing in toilet]

The next issue I have with the pick-up scenario is the act of picking up the faeces — plastic bag or not. The way I see it, if you went to the toilet and did a poo, you would be just as separated from your own faecal matter — in your personal case, it’s toilet paper, in the dog fouling scenario, it is a plastic shopping bag.

The thing is you know that wiping your bum means you have germs and that you need to wash your hands — but people who pick up warm, freshly produced dog turds are in the street or in parks, and have no access to wash hand basins.  They are walking about with germs — and it is exactly as bad as not washing your hands after defecating in a WC.

How would you feel if someone walked their dog and then made you a sandwich?  I personally would feel that this is the same as someone making a sandwich after going for a dump and not washing their hands, or a mother changing a nappy and not washing her hands.

[Picture of toothbrush next to wc]I saw Kim and Aggie’s TV show,”How Clean is Your House” a while back.  It was explained that germs from the toilet can spread upto eight feet away from the WC bowl.  They swabbed surfaces and items for laboratory testing, and faecal matter was discovered on toothbrushes and face flannels. Toothbrushes should be stored as far away as possible from toilet bowls — always inside  bathroom cabinets and with a case too if possible.

[Picture of diagram abou tways to wipe your arse]That is why toilets cannot be accessed from public rooms — especially kitchens,  but instead they have to be from hallways and corridors or, for example, in pubs and clubs, accessed via IVS spaces.  Toilets without windows have to by law have an extraction fan wired up to the lightswitch with an over run fo 20 minutes after you leave and switch off the light — yes, it is that serious.

People can be paranoid about sitting on toilet seats or touching toilet door handles or flush handles – yet, while germs are definitely passed via contact, there is a significant airborne spread. If you wipe your bottom — you are not coming into direct contact with faeces by virtue of the toilet paper.  Germs are in the toilet bowl, on the seat and on your wiping hand.  You will touch surfaces and spread the germs that jumped onto your hand.  Flushing creates the sneezing effect — a fine germ-filled mist or aerosol that spreads germs high and low, far and wide.  May people consider hand air driers to spread germs too — particularly when people wet their hands rather than washing them with soap and warm water.

The point I am labouring here is that germs are invisible and that they spread fast and far. Despite toilet paper and plastic bags.

  • I therefore think there should be a ban on people picking up after their pooches.
  • I do not think dogs should be allowed to poop anywhere: dogs should be made by their owners to poop in designated areas — perhaps in gutters at the roadside of the kerb (not on the pavement), where rain water will wash them down the drain.

We live in a world filled with MRSA, superbugs, allergies, and all sorts of illnesses that could be eradicated by better hygiene. The “Bag it and Bin It” campaign — I have argued here — is unhealthy for us all and something should be done.

Crossing Poles

[Picture fo illogical position for street sign pole]A WALK THROUGH SHAWLANDS IS ALWAYS AN EXCITING PROSPECT.

It is an assault course of dog fouled pavements, illogically parked cars, overgrown hedges, bollards and crazy things such as the lamppost shown in the picture — please click on the picture to enlarge.

There is a pole for the no-entry sign located exactly where a pedestrian needs to cross — right where the kerb dips at the corner.  This pedestrian could be a partially sighted person, wheelchair bound, a mother with a pram or perhaps an elderly person with either a Zimmer frame or one of those electrical wheelchairs.

How annoying and unsafe!  Do people not think things through anymore?  If there is no guide and handbook on how to do this, if there is no legislation or regulation, what about the people who actually dug the pavement up and erected this pole?

Things are getting worse when people cannot think about their work, but simply do a shoddy bit of work and forget all about it.

If you refer back to this picture, you might see that there is another daft pole on the opposite side — just shown on the right side of the picture. Good luck to everyone who wants to cross at this junction.

Yet Another Awful Handwritten Sign

[Picture of badly done handwritten shop sign]SPECIAL OFFER SIGNS ARE SUPPOSED TO ATTRACT ATTENTION IN SUPERMARKETS, BUT THIS ONE ATTRACTED ATTENTION FOR THE WRONG REASONS.

It is handwritten, but nonetheless unchecked. Click on the image to enlarge.

If you cannot make it out for some reason, it states:

“SELECTED SAVOURIE
PICK AND MIX
ANY 6 FOR
£1.50
IDAL FOR
LUNCHES – PICNICS”

One is forced to wonder if the sign was done in a careless manner — in which case, what will the products be like?  Are they done just as carelessly?  What if the sign was checked, the mistakes noticed, but they couldn’t be bother doing it all over again?  Maybe that captures the work ethic at this store?

If so, then standards are certainly getting worse.

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