A popular Maltese presenter has taken to social media to call out picnickers that leave their leftovers – including empty beer bottles – in the middle of public environmental areas for others to deal with.
“This morning I’ve come out to walk the dog at Tarġa Gap – beautiful area, except that someone’s come down last night and done this,” Trudy Kerr said in a Facebook video as she walked through the area in Mosta.
As she turns the camera, the leftovers of a picnic can be seen, including makeshift benches, a dead bonfire and leftover trash and debris, including plastic packets and bottles.
“They’ve come down for a party – which of course we’re not allowed – and they’ve left everything.”
“I don’t mind telling you,” she said seriously. “I’m absolutely disgusted that someone would come and do that, and if it was you, you are an idiot… there are no words.”
The litterbugs’ leftovers come as Malta’s in the midst of a picnic panic, with people being fined for snacking while out in the public countryside.
Beyond picnics, online commentators were quick to point out that this kind of behaviour may be what’s leading to more and more landowners restricting public land they had let the public enjoy before.
“No wonder private land owners are getting fed up and putting these signs and barriers up everywhere. Seeing this kind of stuff, I start to understand them,” said one person.
“Absolutely,” Kerr replied. “I’ve been saying for a long time that there has to be more to the signs than just landowners being grumpy arses. A percentage of the population are just pigs. And the rest of us have to clear up after these selfish pigs.”
Saying that anyone that would leave this mess behind them in the countryside was an “idiot”, Kerr ended sarcastically by saying litterers didn’t need to worry too much since people like Kerr were there to clean up after them.