It all started with a small metal garbage can in the kitchen at our office, the kind The Grouch lives in. We are a client service oriented business, and therefore our fridge is full of Cokes, water bottles, Red Bull, and beer. These bottles fill the trash can night after night. One day, I went to the back and found another one of these trashcans, threw a recycling sticker on top of it and wrote a note in Spanish telling the cleaning crew not to throw it out with the garbage. Only about half of the plastic, glass and aluminum used each day now makes it into this can. It sits directly beside the garbage can but it is just too much effort to lift it's lid, JUST TOO MUCH DAMN EFFORT!. And so day after day the trashcan still fills with recyclable material.
What lesson can we glean from this simple story of office-place apathy? How about that man is lazy, self-concerned, short sighted, and hell-bent on his own destruction. No wonder the Grouch is grouchy, some idiot keeps throwing half-finished water bottles on his head.