Of recent times my walk to work has become seriously blighted, not only by parents who think its perfectly acceptable to force you to step out into the road because they and their children deserve the whole of the pavement, but by something marginally more unpleasant. To paraphrase Will from The Inbetweeners my daily journey has become a veritable dog shit minefield.
Now, I am old enough to remember the ‘good old days’, the times when it was not uncommon to see dogs crapping all over the place and when people were outraged by the thought of paying a fine for not cleaning up after their dogs. Our school playing field was covered in the stuff, there are some bonuses to being a girl and not being rugby tackled into poo is certainly one of them! But times have changed, people no longer baulk at no dog fouling signs and thankfully for the past 10-15 years our pavements have been relatively faeces free, until now.
I don’t know what has happened, why have people suddenly decided to revert back to faecal free for all? Is this some kind of middle class rebellion? Whilst London had their riots, middleclass Wales is hitting back by refusing to abide by simple commonsense laws and laughing in the face of £1000 fines. I could make excuses for the owners; that they are too old or too immobile that they can’t bend down to pick up the mess, but surely that’s what JML is made for! All I know is, the next time I catch someone not picking up after their dog I’m going to rub the owner’s nose in it… quite literally.