Monday, March 24, 2008


I was sitting at the intersection this morning waiting for our turn to go. The car in front of me was a white Toyota Prius. The first thing I noticed was that the driver was holding a cigarette out the window. I promptly hit the recirculate button on my panel to prevent any second hand smoke from leeching into my car.

As we sat there, I couldn't help think about how weird it is to see a "green" car occupied by someone who feels they need to have a smoke at 8am in the morning. The car also appeared to have a cross hanging from the rear view mirror.

When the light changed to green, the driver took a few puffs of the cigarette and then proceeded to flick it onto the road. Simply put, I was really disgusted. I know the stereotype of the environment-loving hybrid owner does not always hold true, but at the moment, I wished I could revoke that person's certificate of ownership.

Why bother driving a vehicle that is good for the environment if you're going to pollute the planet by littering? (If you're curious about how bad butts are, see this.) Now, I figure this person either bought the car because: a) his company offered a big rebate to buy the car, b) they wanted to be able to drive in the carpool lane, c) they wanted to look cool. Clearly, this has nothing to do with them caring about anything other than themselves.

(Okay, I'm probably being overly dramatic, but it was just such a frustrating thing to see.)

1 comment:

teahouse said...

A Prius owner smoking a cigarette? That's pretty friggin' ironic!!