A new ad from Dubai Municipality brought the first smile of the day on my face. It shows a stained wall(Stains which look like everything from simple spit to paan masala spit to cough spit to pee(?perhaps a late night one,risked by someone when no-one's around!!), with the caption' Spitting in public areas is something Llamas do!You are different, don't spit in public places.' How simple, and how 'to the point'- Frankly, I feel astonished to see that some people just cannot give up their spitting habits, even in a city like Dubai. I mean, the Municipality's put up so many dustbins at convenient places around the city, so if you must spit, why not there? Why do it on walls, on the ground, anywhere? Perhaps it's a bit like the smoking habit- it makes the spitters feel 'I have the power- I spit where I want,when I want'?
I feel a bit of consciousness spread via such ads might help make the city better. However, what would really work is fines- just like there are fines for incorrect parking, there should be hefty fines for incorrect spitting. A few inconspiciously dressed authorities, moving around the city, catching a few of the guilty ones, fining them AED 500/-, and, publicizing the same through the local papers- that would surely help even more in making the avoidance of spitting in public places, a habit for everyone.And, as we know, once a habit forms, it stays!
Here's wishing DM the best of luck for this campaign!
Of course, it reminds me of our cities in India. Like, Baroda,my hometown. There, anytime I'm out for a walk, my senses are on full alert. Because you can be 'attacked' by spit, anytime,anywhere- the person ahead of you might suddenly slow down and let loose a volley of spit, the person behind might spit ahead, the person in the balcony of the building you're passing by might also spit(And,if it's morning, it'd be toothpaste/ daatun spit) out, probably so that their washbasin at home lasts longer! There, I guess there's a long way to go before people reach even the level of consciousness that exists in Dubai today. But,again,once people see how beautiful a place can look without such defacing of walls, I'm sure they would take pride in maintaining it.Who will bell the cat there?
Next post coming up shortly. Time to leave for work, now!Cheerio and keep spitting,err,smiling!