- People who bring coffee into worship, stow their half-empty cups under a pew and leave them there after they go home.
- People who throw their gum on the floor where someone else steps in it and grinds it into the carpet.
- People who use up all the paper in the copy machine and don’t bother to refill the drawer.
- People who jam the copier and walk away without unjamming it, or at least leaving a note of apology.
- People who use the last staple in the stapler and don’t bother to fill it for the next person.
- People who finish up the toilet paper, or all but the very last square of toilet paper, and don't replace it, with no concern for the next person who will be paperless in a situation where a person never wants to be paperless.
- People who clog the toilet so it overflows and then don't bother to mention it to anyone. This is right up there with people who take a major dump and then leave without flushing.
- People who use the microwave, their food splatters all over it while they’re cooking, and then they don’t bother to clean it out.
- People who go to toss their paper towel in the trash can in the restroom, miss their target and leave the crumpled mess on the floor.
- People who use the church kitchen and walk away with dishes in the sink, or crumbs on the counters or an overflowing garbage can.
- People who finish their cigarettes and then flick the butts on the ground.
- People who park in our public parking lot and don’t want to take their trash with them so they leave it in on the ground: Miller cans, Starbucks cups, McDonald’s bags, etc.
I put the person who walks away without replacing the toilet paper in the same category with all people who have no consideration for those who come after them. If you’re capable of splattering the inside of a microwave and leaving the mess for the next person to clean up, you are right up there with people who abuse the environment without regard for those who come after you. And if you can walk away from a copier that you’ve jammed, you clearly aren’t ready to take responsibility for the way your actions impact the world around you. If you will toss your beer can in a parking lot, you will just as surely toss people aside when they no longer serve your needs. I know there has to be a correlation between those who are inconsiderate in little ways and those who are inconsiderate in big ways.
I have no patience with this behavior. If I knew who did these things, I’d ask them to clean up their own mess, but they always dump and run under a cloak of secrecy. This makes me think they realize that they’re wronging the rest of us. But I have to wonder if they feel any guilt about it. Do they care that this is not the way to love your neighbor as you love yourself?
If I were a real witch, I'd banish each person who does such things to his or her own little planet where they can make all the messes they want and then walk away. Of course, they’ll be stuck with a massively messed up planet if they don't eventually take responsibility for their actions. But that would be their problem, which is exactly as it should be. With all of them banished to their planets, then the rest of us could spend more time cleaning up our own messes. I know I’ve got enough to keep me busy for a while.