WISE UP: WASH YOUR HANDS – AND DON’T DROP YOUR GLOVES IN THE STREET – By Brian Rowan

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On our empty streets, they are more easily seen; sometimes in clusters and in different colours.

You don’t have to look for them; they look at you – these things that dot and mark our pavements in these pandemic days.

This tweet on Monday started a conversation; disgusting, disgraceful, disappointing; the new plastic bags; the type of behaviour that should carry a heavy fine – like people who put their dog mess in a bag, then throw the bag in the street.

One response suggested enforced periods tidying our streets and beaches for those who litter.

Another asked why there isn’t public information advertisements and posters on the safe disposal of these things?

These things are the gloves and wipes and other bits and pieces that people are dropping and leaving on our streets.

We are made to manoeuvre round them in the same way that we avoid dog poo on the pavement.

“There are no words” – “are people out of their minds?” – these, just some of the responses to that Monday tweet.

Perhaps, for some, there is a need for some additional words of advice:  WISE UP: WASH YOUR HANDS – AND DON’T DROP YOUR GLOVES ON THE STREET.


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About Author

Brian Rowan

Brian Rowan is a journalist/author. A former BBC correspondent in Belfast, four times he has been a category winner in the Northern Ireland Press and Broadcast Awards. He is the author of several books on the peace process and contributed chapters to 'Reporting the Troubles' and 'Brexit and Northern Ireland: Bordering on Confusion'.

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