I have several quirks and pet peeves. I think I might need therapy. But we're gonna file this one under common courtesy, cleanliness, and just doing the right thing.

Also, how if you do this you are Triflin' (Urban Dictionary is looking right at you).

I read a while back about what it says about you when you won't return your shopping cart to the cart coral.

And the public at large tends to agree.

Some take it to the extreme.

And while I think we all deserve oxygen, I do tend to agree with the sentiment. It takes a couple of extra seconds, get your steps in, and do the next right thing.

My dad would be like, well they have people who do this job so I don't want to rob them of the opportunity to...NO! Just stop it. Stop validating your laziness and take the cart back to where it belongs. There are a ton of reasons but just hush up, stop being lazy and do it.

Which brings me to this.

McConnell Adams TSM Lansing
McConnell Adams TSM Lansing

Yes, this is where I work and I see this all the time. Not only the men's restroom here...

McConnell Adams TSM Lansing
McConnell Adams TSM Lansing

But everywhere.

You have done your due diligence and taken the time to wash your hands. Bravo. it's expected and what you should do. Now just finish the job and PUT IT IN THE CAN.

But no...this is apparently good enough.

And you know when you didn't make your "Kobe" shot. You see it. Laying right there.

So what do you do?

You just leave it there. And walk away.

For what? Cause it's going to magically get up and jump in there itself?

NO. Someone else has to come clean up after you.

"Well, we have a cleaning crew or custodians right?"

That's not the point.

YOU clean up after YOU. And this is pretty simple. Put the trash in the can. If you miss, go back, pick it up and PUT IT IN THE TRASH.

Look at it this way. If everyone missed and no one picked it up what would that look like? At work none the less. Where customers and clients come in.

Also, let's go to your house. Suppose say everything we tried to throw in your kitchen garbage can missed. Would you just leave it lying there on your floor. Chicken bones, veggie peelings, egg shells, etc?

It's just nasty, lazy, and rude to expect someone to come pick up after your triflin' behind.


When I was growing up in N.C., I knew that, along with shiftless and lazy, one of the worst things a person could be was triflin'. The way my grandma used the word, it seemed to mean shiftless, lazy, useless, worthless and no-good all at once – so nooooo, you did not want to be triflin'. (NPR)

See also Beyonce', Destiny's Child, and Bills, Bills, Bills.

Queen Bey and me disapprove. And so does your mother. Pick up your trash and put it in the can. Get it right the first time and we wouldn't even be having this conversation.

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