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Hopping around with Hopibi: Civic sense and civic negligence

Someone told me that the fancy seating spaces created at the junction which leads to the ‘fish roundabout’ at Muttrah corniche is a mere waste as no one uses them. So, I decided to take a look for myself.

As I approached this beautiful shaded space, a furlong from Bait al Baranda, which was created for tourists and passers by to stop and relax, I noticed it lying empty without a soul around. But then, it was afternoon time and, perhaps, people would start coming in towards evening.

I hopped into the shade and looked around for a place to sit but the surroundings appeared quite shabby. There was litter all around – scrap paper, cola cans, juice boxes, empty chips pouches – the usual stuff which people carry along while taking leisurely strolls and chuck away when they’re done. Even the pillars around had ugly stains, probably created by those who chew tobacco and spit around.

So, was I going to sit here? You guessed right. Who would? Except those who are not bitter about litter. I am. And I wouldn’t want to be seen seated here, so that someone would hold me responsible for the mess. However, I did pick up some of the trash and hunted around for a trash bin, but found none. So, you see, the problem is two fold: lack of civic sense and civic negligence.

I was now in a fix, to drop the trash I had picked up, lest anyone think that I was a litterbug. So, I carried the trash along, until I found a bin quite far away and dumped it indignantly. But, I’m sure, most people wouldn’t want to walk around with their trash and so, leave it behind without a conscience.

C’mon guys, when will you get bitter about litter and stop treating public spaces with scant respect? It’s our city, it’s our responsibility, let’s keep it clean!