After just a few months, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has decided to throw in the towel on their tray return initiative. Started by the NEA earlier this year, the initiative was to encourage Singaporeans to return trays themselves after eating.
To say that it had failed is an understatement. Singaporean had not only ignored the initiative, we are actively making fun of it. There’s even a Facebook page named “Say NO to Tray Return Singapore”!
Now for all the talk about this being a reflection on the lack of social graciousness and giving jobs to cleaners, the simple reason is that we Singaporeans just can’t be bothered. We eat, then we go. Most young Singaporeans I know don’t even clean up after themselves at home, you expect them to clean after themselves in public eating places?
Dream on people! The vast overwhelming majority of us do not even think of returning the trays, much less actually doing it! Be serious; everyone knows Singapore graciousness ends the moment we actually need to do something! After all, it’s not for no reason the Courtesy Lion resigned from being the courtesy ambassador.