To expect that people who own trees that drop fruit all over the pavement should damn well clear it up?
Sixofone · 10/09/2007 14:00
Ahh, AIBU, my spiritual home...
It's a nice sunny (if slightly breezy) day, so I decided to walk into town with Little Six in the buggy. On the way, I had to wheel the buggy through a load of dayglo orange berries, courtesy of a tree hanging over someone's garden wall, followed 100 yards later by a load of mushy, wasp-ridden plums off a tree in a school field.
Same again on the way back - so I now have to clean the buggy wheels before I can take the buggy back indoors, ditto the tread of my shoes.
Surely, I am not being unreasonable to expect that tree owners should clear up their tree's doings when they spew all over a public right of way in the same way that dog owners ought to?
(and before anyone is smart enough to suggest it, I am TOO DAMN LAZY to cross over the road, thanks )
Furzella · 10/09/2007 14:11
I am envious of their glorious harvest - spent ages yesterday trying to reach v v high plums on an inaccessible tree. Totally in vain and got stung by a bee in passing.
Agree it must be v annoying but I think YABU - especially in relation to the school. The caretaker's probably got a million other things to do.
And it's not as bad as dog muckage.
krang · 10/09/2007 14:22
Gosh, imagine, trees dropping fruit. How terrible. Let's ban them. In fact, let's drop Agent Orange and defoliate the entire country and make sure fruit stays where it belongs...in plastic supermarket packaging on shelves where it cannot mess up our buggies!
annh · 10/09/2007 16:29
Yes, I think you are being unreasonable. We have an apple tree in our front garden which is dropping apples at a great rate at the moment (thankfully not out into the close!. Even if I cleaned them up every morning (which I don't - send ds1 out every so often)loads more would have fallen by evening.
Sixofone · 10/09/2007 19:16
Sadly, leaving my buggy out in the street isn't an option...
I had to go out again this afternoon. I went and knocked on the dayglo orange berry man's door and asked him very nicely if he could please clean his berries up. He said yes, and agreed with me, he said didn't realise they were causing any problems and promptly went and cleared them up - result
I was really hoping someone would give me a really good argument to convince me that I was being a mardy old cow, but haven't heard one yet Although I do agree that berries aren't as bad as glass or dog poo and wouldn't swap either for the berries.
vnmum · 10/09/2007 19:30
if you lived in germany then it is your responsibility to clear the pavements and to the middle of the road outside your house. this is by law. it includes litter, leaves, weeds and snow.
it may sound like a pain to have to do it but generally germany looks alot cleaner than the uk
Flibbertyjibbet · 10/09/2007 19:40
MIl used to let her tree do this. Till I met dp and said 'are those damsons', et voila since then every year a pile of damson jam and no damsons on the pavement. Made 9lbs of the stuff last week and another load arriving tomorrow.
So I say to you, next year don't winge about it, ask the owner if you can pick the fruit when its ripe, in return for a jar of jam. Sounds like he might agree, if he is nice enough to go out and scoop it all up?
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