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Aussie pensioner just wants the Thais to lend a hand to keep their country clean

 

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Thai media 77kaoded caught up with a 62 year old Australian pensioner who was busy keeping her neighborhood in Krabi in the south of Thailand clean by picking up trash.

 

Kate N. said she had retired to the area with her husband and came to live in the Nong Talay area.

 

She didn't want to apportion blame for the mess caused by the litter she just wanted to keep the place clean and encourage others to do so too.

 

Attempting to explain herself in a few Thai words she said she was married and wanted to make the area "suay maak gwaa" or more beautiful.

 

She didn't think it was worth trying to get the locals not to litter in the first place.

 

But she wanted them to help clear it up.

 

I would like the Thai people to help me", she told a reporter. 

 

Source: 77kaoded

 

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6 minutes ago, The Farang said:

Can't really tell people what to do in their own country. 

True.  But you can lead by example.  Sometimes 'example' is catchy.  

Whenever I'm dismayed by the litter problem in Thailand, I think back to when I was a kid in a developed country, tossing Snickers wrappers out the car window (like everyone else) or flicking my cigarette butts willy nilly.  Positive results start with people like Kate and Lady Bird Johnson and, hopefully, expats in Thailand.

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... I think back to when I was a kid in a developed country, tossing Snickers wrappers out the car window (like everyone else)

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What country were you brought up in?  When I was a kid in the UK, my parents taught me never to drop litter.  I have never done so throughout my 62 years.  If there's no litter bin, keep your litter bin until you find one....

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10 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Thai media 77kaoded caught up with a 62 year old Australian pensioner who was busy keeping her neighborhood in Krabi in the south of Thailand clean by picking up trash.

Only 62, holy poop I would have guesses 80+ from that photo.

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9 hours ago, ezzra said:

If you wanna clean, clean.. don't preach...

She's leading by example and encouraging the Thais to help, she's not preaching in the slightest. If things don't change Thailand will just be one huge garbage dump in 10 years, but I guess some people don't mind living like that.

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13 hours ago, sirineou said:

If she wants to clean up, good for her, but saying " I would like the Thai people to help me"is  insulting IMO

Explain how it's insulting? Asking people to help clear up their own mess is insulting?

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15 hours ago, The Farang said:

Can't really tell people what to do in their own country. 

Well, I think you hit the crux of the matter.

 

When helping to clean up is viewed as a problem or loss of face because it's a foreigner. 555 Brilliant!

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13 hours ago, sirineou said:

If she wants to clean up, good for her, but saying " I would like the Thai people to help me"is  insulting IMO

I think many Asians have issues with this sort of implication. They view it as negative (petty IMO) rather than seeing the positive in it alongside helping out.

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17 minutes ago, giddyup said:

She's leading by example and encouraging the Thais to help, she's not preaching in the slightest. If things don't change Thailand will just be one huge garbage dump in 10 years, but I guess some people don't mind living like that.

In some parts it's already a huge garbage dump, in 10 years you will be lucky to see any greenery at all, just look at some of the quiet sois outside of Pattaya for example. A very sad case of affairs. 🤬🤬

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Foolish farang story again.  I will not lift a finger to clean up the mess they make of their own country until they start making an effort themselves. 

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28 minutes ago, giddyup said:

She's leading by example and encouraging the Thais to help, she's not preaching in the slightest. If things don't change Thailand will just be one huge garbage dump in 10 years, but I guess some people don't mind living like that.

The Thais don't care, so why should anyone else? 

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1 minute ago, Pilotman said:

not bitter. just deluded. 

Stupid statement. Somebody who is making an effort and leading by example is deluded?  So why don't we all sit on our ars*s and let the place go to hell. Just move on when this dump is full.

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1 minute ago, Pilotman said:

No idea what you are getting at. 

I'm not surprised. My point is people can change and change can be brought about in various ways. Singapore used to be an absolute sh*thole, not any longer. Wonder how that happened?

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I get a gang of kids together once a week, and we all go down the village streets picking up rubbish. Whoever gets the most gets Bht 20. It works, although I wonder whether some of the kids go on a Friday depositing rubbish themselves so they get the most at weekend. LOL

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1 minute ago, giddyup said:

Stupid statement. Somebody who is making an effort and leading by example is deluded?  So why don't we all sit on our ars*s and let the place go to hell. Just move on when this dump is full.

I don't much care to be honest.  I am only here, curtesy of the Thai Government and its rules, for a maximum of 12 months.  Why should I care when they don't. Its not my country, as they make abundantly clear each extension renewal day.  Loyalty and commitment should work both ways.  They have none to me and I return that feeling.   I look after my own rubbish and recycle my own stuff, but I sure as hell will not do theirs. 

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1 minute ago, giddyup said:

I'm not surprised. My point is people can change and change can be brought about in various ways. Singapore used to be an absolute sh*thole, not any longer. Wonder how that happened?

By government dictate, it will not happen here. 

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