It depresses me immensely to write something negative about Gibraltar. I am so fond of living here, yet I feel this issue needs to be addressed.
Firstly dog mess.
It is disgusting. It is everywhere. I don’t know if it is concentrated in just my street, and the routes I take, but I can’t leave my building without being confronted by steaming lumps of stinking mess. If you own a dog, take bags out with you. It simply isn’t on to let your dog mess in the street and for you to leave it there. (The only exception being in my mind, is if your dog has the runs. That isn’t easy to clean up after. Gross but true.) I don’t care if you own a tiny mutt or a massive hound, dog crap, is dog crap. We’ve lost track of the amount of times the poor cleaning lady has had to sanitize the halls of our building because someone who lives here has walked it in. It isn’t everyone elses job to look where they are walking either as some delightful twit informed me this past weekend. It is a dog owners job to clean up after their animal. This argument is null and void after dark. How exactly are you supposed to see the mess when the streets are a shady as the dog mess?
As a former pet owner I didn’t allow my dog to foul outside of someones home and just leave it there. It is so disrespectful, it is so dirty, and if the owners haven’t wormed their pets there are so many health problems associated with dog mess my head spins! Also Gibraltar isn’t a rural area, it is a densely populated urban area so please show some respect to your fellow residents, and tourists alike. How do you think this looks to people visiting? The streets covered in dog mess. It simply isn’t on! And if you are mature enough to own a pet, you can deal with the nasty stuff that comes with them!
The next thing to really bug me of late is litter. The border is always covered in cigarette litter, this wont ever change whilst the smuggling is so rife, why the smugglers can’t seem to find a bin is something of a mystery (or just a pathetic attempt at making a political point?) but there you go… Dog owners take note, if you’ve run out of poop bags, pop down to the border where there are thousands blowing around like the unofficial welcoming committee to anyone visiting Gibraltar. This makes for such a marvellous welcome, not.
The other litter I see is soft drinks bottles / beer bottles / old food / cans / sweet wrappers / newspapers left all over the place. It is just vile. (I know the gulls / apes do raid bins. But this is not what I am referring too.) Use the street bins provided. Or take the rubbish home with you. I just don’t get it.
Whilst out last week I picked up and removed not one, not two, but three bottles shoved into the railings of the Alameda Gardens. Do people not realise how lucky they are to have such a lovely place to sit and relax in? And all of these were within arms reach of a bin! And in general it is local teens (how cliché is that?) who I see abandoning their rubbish mostly, what did your parents teach you? Leaving rubbish everywhere is just about the lamest way you can rebel, ever. Do you not understand that your surrounding area isn’t something to be taken for granted and abused? That by behaving like this you are giving an impression of your country, that you don’t care, so then nobody else has too!
If you are visiting Gibraltar please don’t toss your rubbish out of your pockets on to the floor, please put it in the bin, or I will do it for you, whilst screaming loudly and pointing wildly at you. I am sick of it! The Upper Rock is one of the most amazing view points in Europe, it isn’t a place for you to discard your crisp packets, sandwich wrappers, or McDonald’s debris. Seriously I hope an ape rips the arm off of the next person to do this! Or not, if the apes will get into bother over that. Show some respect for other people and the places you visit. Or so help me God I will take up pooing in the street right outside of your door, and maybe I’ll wedge my old diet coke bottle into it for good measure!
End of rant.