“Hey! You! There’s a trash can right there. Literally right there! Throw your cigarette away instead of just leaving it on the ground! That’s trash, dude!"
The young guy stares at her from inside the bus, mouth agape, probably shocked that anyone would call him on what we can only assume is a standard practice for him, something he has never given much thought to before. The office worker continues.
Come on, man! Trash can!
You guys, he got off the bus, picked up the cigarette, threw it away, and got back on. I thanked him profusely and gave him a high five as he boarded the bus again, which he sheepishly accepted. As the bus pulled away, the optician from the little store behind the stop walked outside and said “I have never seen anything like that before. That was so awesome!” and gave me a 30% off coupon.
When I told my mom the story later, she said “I’m so proud of you!”
When I told my dad, he said “You’re lucky you didn’t get shot.”