It’s a strange thing to have witnessed over the past decade or so - the UK morphing into coffee drinkers when we were always a steadfast nation of tea drinkers. My guess is that most of us still drink tea at home but the proliferation of purveyors of over-priced, milky, frothy, caffeine-laden bilge has surprised even me.
Ignoring the ludicrous cost of the stuff for a moment, coffee shop take-away culture (as part of the general move towards eating and drinking “on the hoof”) has played a significant part in turning our cities and towns into ad-hoc rubbish tips. People just can’t seem to be bothered to put discarded cartons into a waste bin and local authorities don’t seem to be able to keep up with clearing the volume of rubbish dumped on the streets.
Personally, I’d like to see a heavy tax based on their turnover placed on the big players in the coffee shop game - as well as the burger and pizza chains - to fund cleaning up the streets. I’m sick of walking through London and having to avoid empty and half-consumed food and its packaging lying around the place. I don’t expect people live like that in their own homes, so why should they get away with it out of doors,
Pathetic little schemes fining litter louts just don’t work. The authorities should hit the source of the problem - the retailers - hard and make them provide bins around town.
No bloody wonder there’s a rat, pigeon and other vermin population explosion in most cities and towns.