Trash Talk’in

Yesterday, I was about to begin my run, when I saw a bevy of beer bottles rolling beneath a bench.  I love Central Park and loathe littering anywhere, so often find myself, like this morning, picking it up.

As I was dumping them in a trash can, a woman came over and said, “What are you doing…are you crazy…touching those dirty bottles?”

Now in one glance I knew who she was…15 pounds overweight stuffed in pricy exercise togs draped in jewelry that shouldn’t be seen before noon, while nails, like stilettos, clutched her iPhone 7.  She was an Upper Eastside princess alright…over fed, overdone, over concerned with something with origins that should concern her, but don’t.

“Don’t you love the park?” I said, determined to keep it cordial. “It’s awful to see it disrespected this way, don’t you agree?”

“Yes I do, but what about all those germs you now have all over you?”

“You know, I believe if you live in a place like New York, you can’t worry too much about that.  You just wash your hands more often, that’s all.”

She was shocked by my response, staring at me like I had three heads.

“Well, I worry, and you should too.”

“Okay, but there’s a bottle behind you I’d like to grab, so could you move over a bit? Thanks.”

I left her on her phone telling Abbey, whoever the hell Abbey was, about the girl collecting bottles…

“and Abbey…she’s so thin.”



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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25 Responses to Trash Talk’in

  1. micklively says:

    Is “thin”
    1. an accusation,
    2. a disease,
    3. an aspiration, or
    4. an expression of pity from Princess Bling?
    I hate litter too. Good work Susannah.


    • I have to stop myself from constantly picking it up. Drives me crazy. Like my late friend Beth taught her daughter Amy, every time someone littered…the earth just said ouch. So she’d toddle over to the culprit and say…you hurt the earth. Ouch! Sigh.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, maybe she thought you were going to turn the bottles in for five cents each so you could buy some food, ha ha! You should have told her you were checking to see if there was any brew left in them so you could have a free snort. I bet she’d be among the first to complain if the bottles began accumulating

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  3. She reminds me of a woman who scolded me once. I was at the seashore in a discount shoe store. This is one of those stores where you help yourself. It was full of women. It was summer. No one had hose on but they were all trying on shoes. She scolded me and told me I’d get a disease from doing that yet all around people were sticking their wiggly toes in flip flops! I wondered if she carried antiseptic wipes for her feet.

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  4. The woman had no manners. She should have been thanking you for helping to keep the park clean, not questioning your sanity. Littering drives me wild. People in our little area throw beer cans from their cars. I would pick them up, but they are usually way down in a gully where I can’t reach them. When I walked by the water in Stony Brook, I picked up debris, since there were public trash cans all along there. I’m proud of you for keeping your temper in check!

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  5. Ok, your title got the “Jive Talking” tune stuck in my head. Hopefully, that will leave soon.
    As for the lady, i worry about her. People who hold it in like that are more likely to have a stroke.
    And, as for you, yes, it’s adding germs to your hands. However, I do see the niceness of picking them up. Perhaps, carry a couple of pair of latex or non with you, just for such occasions? Just a thought. You are right, people who do that seem to be healthier in general, but it does take just once for a visit to ER.

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  6. It takes a village Susannah, clearly, the entitled windbag did not get the memo.

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