Who in the hell still litters? As I was driving on Locust St. yesterday, I witnessed this piece of trash human being throw trash out of the window like the world was her garbage can. It infuriated me. Because people are stupid in this world, it's time to talk about littering and why this crap needs to end.

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Littering is stupid. At this point in time, almost every town has city trash cans in their downtown and every business has a place to throw away your garbage. Every gas station, Kwik Star, Casey's, Shell, BP, Kwik Shop, all have garbage cans at every pump. Why are people still littering?! It's trashy, and quite frankly, makes you look like a big jackass.

The Trashy Lady On Locust

As I mentioned, while driving on Locust St. yesterday near St. Ambrose, I was behind a silver Dodge Journey with Iowa license plates. As much as I want to, I won't put the license plate numbers. But as I was following this Dodge Journey, the window in the backseat on the driver's side rolled down and what happened next really got me angry. Some lady in the back seat chucked out the window what looked like an empty container of fried chicken from Kwik Star.

My mouth dropped and I was stunned. I haven't seen someone blatantly litter like that since I was a kid. Luckily it was empty and wasn't something heavier because it almost hit my car. I ran it over because the container slid under my car. I promptly sped up to go and yell at the idiot who threw it. They noticed I was coming for them and took a hard right to avoid my confrontation. Man, I was angry. I hope one of the three ladies in that vehicle, especially Trashy Tracey in the backseat who did the littering, sees this and knows you're a pile of garbage for littering.

Because people like Trashy Tracey exists, I should remind you about the laws in both Iowa and Illinois when it comes to littering.

Iowa Littering Laws

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Iowa Code §455B.363 says that littering is a simple misdemeanor. Littering could subject you to a fine between $65 and $625 and/or imprisonment up to 30 days (§903.1). Violators may also be required to perform litter cleanup, in lieu of or in addition to any other sentence imposed

Illinois Littering Laws

For Illinois, the National Conference of State Legislatures cites Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 415, §105/8. The section says the first littering conviction is a class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,500. A second conviction is a class A misdemeanor and also a fine of up to $1,500.

Subsequent convictions are a class 4 felony, a fine of $25,000, and imprisonment between one and three years (ch. 415, §5/5-8-1). If you are caught littering on a highway in Illinois, you may be required to do litter control for 30 days over a portion of that highway, in addition to those other penalties.

Stop littering, it's trashy and so are you if you litter.

Hilarious Iowa DOT Signs

Anyone else share a sense of humor with a state's Department of Transportation? Just me? Well, every Monday the Iowa Department of Transportation puts up a sometimes hilarious, sometimes straightforward message on their road signs across the state. This is called "message Monday" and Iowa DOT tries to entertain and educate drivers through these signs. Here are just a few of our favorites.

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