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Shame On You

Woman caught dumping the contents of her car onto the street and then driving away.

While, on occasion, security cameras catch the stuff of , other times they simply pick up people being scummy. Today I'm not breaking any big news; rather, just outing someone who has no respect for the appearance of our town. A plain-and-simple litterbug.

 This video was captured on Monday evening in front of my house. The scene opens with a litter-free street. By the time the woman in the video has finished cleaning out her car, there's a decent pile of garbage left in front of my house. For the record, the garbage included a couple of water bottles (befitting the exercise gear she's wearing), a few plastic bags and two empty beer cans (not so befitting to the exercise outfit).

 I certainly seem to wind up with an awful lot of empty beer cans/bottles in front of my house! I’ve sadly come to expect it late at night when the clubs spew their revelers out, but do we now have to deal with the fallout from people driving around our streets drinking beer in their cars?

OK, perspective. Dumping refuse on the side of the street might not be a huge deal when you consider all the other issues facing our town. But it truly does detract from all of our lifestyles. If we can’t even keep up our attempts to keep the property in front of our houses looking good, why should anyone else feel like they need to make an effort?

 The point of this rant is to simply inspire people to do their part to help make Port Chester a better place.  It's not all about big change.  Everybody being mindful and simply displaying common decency will help to elevate our beloved town into a better place.

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JJ June 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Sean.........you're doing an excellent job of tracking these basic "quality of life" issues in Port Chester. Keep up the good work and maybe someday things will get a little tougher for these creatures who have turned this great village into a dumping ground of the unwanted from the surrounding communities. Evereyone has to live somewhere but why does Port Chester seem to be the magnet for these cretins?
Sean A. McNerney June 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Thanks JJ! We all deserve to have a better way of life.
troy faucette June 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Need more people like you.Maybe by staying on top of things people will be more aware.
George Datino June 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Obvously all that garbage in her car was a distraction and before she got into an accident and possibly hurt and killed someone, she thought it best that she got rid of the distraction. Obvously a very thoughtful person! Just kidding. Even though the plate is blurry in the video, I am wondering if the police don't have the technology to clean it up a bit and maybe figure out who it is and then hit them up with a littering summons? Maybe they can post her name and picture in the news!
AA11 June 18, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Maybe check the local gyms, typically people go to the gym the same time each day..The car is a early 2000's Acura with NY plates...I'm sure if you stop by New York Sports Club, Cross Fit, Ect. something might come up..
Sean A. McNerney June 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I'm really hoping enough people view this site that this article will be embarrassment enough to keep her (and hopefully some other people) from continuing with this sort of behavior. I think trying to track her down and get the police involved would be a waste of resources that I'd much rather see used elsewhere. But I certainly agree a small amount of public humiliation is in order to help open peoples eyes to how this kind of behavior hurts us all in the long run.
John B June 18, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Too bad she didn't leave herself at the curb with the rest of the trash.
Linda Turturino June 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
this is not just on main st almost every weekend on my street there are beer cans and booze bottles and the ever popular Mcdonalds bags. People can just be slobs especially when no one is looking...people please keep your garbage in your car and find a trash bin there are always some around and Keep PC CLEAN !!!!!
Sean A. McNerney June 18, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Someone needs to bring back the crying Indian ads that I remember from my childhood. Although I'm sure that would be considered not very politically correct these days. Maybe a crying rapper would have more of an impact.
Aidan June 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM
" Dumping refuse on the side of the street might not be a huge deal when you consider all the other issues facing our town." Sean, it's a plenty big deal. That is YOUR home ... and that is an in-your-face slap at you and all of us. This village abides low-lifes.
Aidan June 18, 2012 at 10:19 PM
No way ... you're assuming a base integrity that does not exist in people we suffer.
Sean A. McNerney June 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Aidan, I certainly don't disagree with you. I'd just prefer to see the bigger issues (overcrowded housing, drunk people passing out in my yard) dealt with before we devote resources to refuse dumpers. This is of course strictly my list of priorities. If I do happen to see her again, I will most certainly say something to her. I'd just rather see our town get the more important ducks in a row so to speak before we make chasing people like this down a priority.
William Demarest (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Sean's video indeed caught the attention of Port Chester police on Monday, and was also mentioned at Monday night's Port Chester village Board of Trustee's meeting.
Silvio V. Buccieri June 20, 2012 at 03:01 PM
this should start in school, let them pay a good fine for littering.

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