Trinis defend garbage left behind at CPL: It's not our job to tidy up
Photo: A viral photo showing bags of garbage left behind at the Brian Lara Stadium, following the CPL final, brought defensive comments from some Trinbagonians, who said persons were paid to clean up after them. Photo courtesy Facebook user Supriya Endigeri.
A viral photo showing bags of garbage at the Brian Lara Stadium following the tumultuous final for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Sunday brought both condemnation and excuses from Trinbagonians, some of whom commented that persons were paid to clean up their trash.
The photo, which was shared to social media on Monday, showed mounds of garbage which were strewn carelessly around the stadium after patrons left.
The photo was shared over 3,300 times and had over 230 comments.
Facebook user Supriya Endigeri shared the photo, commenting: "You may have won the game, but you’ve lost your pride T&T".
However many were quick to defend the littering, saying that there are 'people paid to do that'.
Lance Notwell Windsor:
"If it has no rubbish then how cleaners will be paid.. it have ppl live for these things .. please hush up .. not making sense."
One Facebook user by the name of Avinash Brown received 75 likes for his comments, in which he said persons shouldn't be expected to remove their own garbage.
"Whoever post this ...alluh on sh*t, I'm certain that there wasn't enough bins provided for that amt of garbage. Ppl not going to the game with a garbage bag to toat out their garbage. When u all go to ur fancy restaurants ..do you clean your table before u leave? NO You paid for a service," he said.
"People getting paid to clean this .....some people so f**king dumb."
"Steupsssssss! Woman get a life nah all around the world this happens! The game done ok it is what it is! Not saying the people right for littering but please MOVE ON!!!! #Bittermuch."
(Photo: Clear contrast - Japanese fans tidy up the stands after losing a match against Belgium during the 2018 World Cup.)
However, others expressed disgust, comparing the situation to a recent viral story of Japanese fans who tidied up the stands after a match at the 2018 World Cup.
"The comments on here are disgusting and y’all are all a huge part of why our country is so disgusting. Just because there are people paid to clean doesn’t mean we leave it for them to do. Do y’all leave your homes so nasty? Smh."
"So because there are people to clean it after we must throw it here there and everywhere? (And when I say we I don’t mean only Trinis....I’m speaking generally for ALL who attended). We have CEPEP to clean up after ourselves on the streets and look at the condition of the streets when rain falls.....smh."
Anisa S Khan:
"Litter??? If u leaving a stadium like this what they'd do home??? No wonder it have so much flooding. It's a personal responsibility to clean up after yourself not a maintenance crew... They won't be expecting that amount of rubbish, for sure they will have to work extra time."
(Photo shared via Facebook on Monday night showed the stadium which had been cleaned after the match.)
"Ah the typical Trinidadian mentality of "it have people to pick up rubbish so my rubbish is not my responsibility!" and we wonder why half the country flood out this morning? Trinidadians just too nasty."
Sport and Youth Affairs Minister Shamfa Cudjoe, told LoopTT on Monday that contrary to comments, there were adequate bin facilities at the venue to assist the crowd which consisted of thousands of people.
"UDECOTT has reported that a sufficient waste disposal system (with regard to bins) was in place. We have already begun the clean-up and this will take a couple of days," she said.
Cudjoe also urged citizens to keep their environment clean.
"I think that as citizens we have a duty to keep our environment and country clean, at all times. It is something we need to practice in our homes, communities, and events," she said.
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