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Gum is a big problem, we should get it banned in our schools and parks

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 19, 2009

I have had it with those who throw gum where I or my kids have to walk or play. Gum on shoes and brought inside gets on carpets, car interiors, and often ruins shoes. It is also left on the underside of picnic tables, benches, and public bathrooms. I do not want to accidentally touch what someone else has chewed! Wildlife eat it. At least dog poop is usually easy to get off, and I come across more gum disposed of inconsiderably than I do dog poop.

Please let's ban gum in Palo Alto, Singapore has done it and we can too.

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Posted by anon2
a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:02 am

Singapore also sentences people to death for a large variety of crimes including possession of drugs. I think it's best to not be like Singapore. They still hang people.

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Posted by doggie
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:07 am

There is a huge difference between gum and dog feces.


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Posted by too bad
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:17 am

Interesting comment and I agree that people are very inconsiderate with their used gum. The airport in Hawaii has had such problems that none of the stores sell gum at all. Sad that people can have such bad habits that it impacts everyone else.


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Posted by Facts
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:55 am

Resident--how do you propose to ban gum in Palo Alto? Will people be able to buy gum in Mountain View and sneak it into Palo Alto? What will be the penalty for possession of gum? What about the penalty for chewing gum? Will the police have to be on the lookout for people chewing gum? Will the city have to establish chekcpoints, where people entering the city are checked for gum possession?
Yes, I agree, our city should spend their valuable time banning gun--sounds like something that Joe Simitian could do.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2009 at 11:09 am

My kids are athletes and have never stepped in gum. I do agree with your disdain for selfish gum disposal.

To remove gum, just freeze it with an ice cube and pluck it off.

Dog poop, however, has been an issue. Imagine it on carpet interiors and shoes. Ruined my daughter's new nubuck suede shoes because it stained the sides. Two of my sons have stepped in dog poop, one fell on poop. Dog poop is much more of a health concern than gum. Ban dogs from our parks and school grounds since owners can not force dogs to poop on their own property.




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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm

My tongue in cheek post was meant as an example of how there are always two sides to every story and there will always be something that one person finds acceptable and another does not. I happen to dislike the gum chewing habit, but in no way do I think it should be banned. I have walked in gum much more often than dog poop, but by keeping my eyes open I usually avoid both.

It doesn't matter what we are talking about, from some people wanting to exercise their dogs in parks (not the street, not schools) at set off peak times during the day, to obtaining free plastic bags to carry groceries, to perhaps banning the sale of eggs in case Paly kids decide to have an egg fight, there will always be those who want to turn Palo Alto into a police state so that their own particular point of view will become the norm.

We are all hopefully accorded some degree of common sense and civility. We may not be the ones who agree with any given point of view or one side of the story, but we are a community who have to live together. There has to be more give and take than appears from some of these comments. There are always several different ways of looking at any topic - that is what debate is all about, and in many ways we can all be right in one light and wrong in another.

Live and let live.


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Posted by doggie
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm

There is a huge difference between gum and dog feces.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I also wanted to say that it is a very small number of people who will let their dogs off leash in the streets or don't pick up poop. It is also a very small number of people who may put their plastic grocery bags in a creek. Most people who chew gum probably dispose of it correctly too. It was probably only a small number of the egg war fighters who actually continued their egg fight onto the campus. The egg war would probably have been much less of an issue if the Paly admin had informed the student body and also the parents of the fact that Stanford police would be in the forest and that the egg wars should not happen.

It only takes a few people to spoil things and the majority gets penalized. If we could all use our heads before using our tongues, or fingers (meaning to type), and perhaps see things from others' perspective, we might all get on a little better together.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm

And, thanks for the tip about the ice cube and gum. Unfortunately, I don't usually carry ice cubes in my car and have had to drive home in my socks.


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Posted by WilliamR
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Nov 19, 2009 at 4:07 pm

If gums are outlawed, only outlaws will have gums......


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Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

If we let them ban gums today they will ban guns tomorrow. Defend your constitutional rights!


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:11 am

GUM???? Nothing else to write about????
Look at the real problems around you and in the world, and do something to help.


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Posted by robit noops
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Gum???? Are you kidding? I would rather step around gum (because I am smart enough not to step on it) then have a conversation with someone with terrible breath. I usually chew gum when I run or ride my bike, and when I am done I stick it in a piece of paper and throw it away. This sounds childish, like the person in the office that puts post it notes on everything giving instructions on not leaving food in the fridge or clean the microwave, and refill the copier with paper. The problem isnt gum, it is that society is becoming inconsiderate,


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Posted by Anon
a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Well done Resident. Well done.

I get your point, I just keep hearing a voice whispering in my ear, from the corner of University and Bryant, a grubby guy with his hands in his pockets, looking around out of the corner of his eyes "Hey man, I got some gum, a whole pack, cheap, fresh from EPA last week, man. Only 10 bucks man."

Instead of clean people and drug users we can have chewers and non-chewers.

We can have gum interventions for people that can't can't give it up.

Ok, I'll stop now. Better late than never.


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Posted by cancer survivor
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Seriously, gum ruins your day? Lucky you.

So fortunate.... So clueless!

You should volunteer to be a candy striper at childrens hospital. I'm sure you would meet a lot of moms who would love to have your problems. They could teach you a lot about life.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm

I see that some of you have only read my initial post and not the subsequent one explaining my tongue in cheek conversation starter. I only wanted to show just how silly so many of the posters here sound when they go on and on about their point of view without really listening to what they are saying or listening to the other point of view. What we need is a little give and take, and realisation that others' have valid reasons for their comments. We should listen (or read) then think before condemning someone who doesn't think the same as us. Whether it is dog parks, or grocery bags, or kids throwing eggs, there is always another side to the story.


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Posted by shh
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 21, 2009 at 5:25 am

Ban - Gums, Rums, Bums




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Posted by Tron
a resident of another community
on Nov 21, 2009 at 3:46 pm

So true Resident. Few take the time to read the posts carefully and read down the thread before posting their knee-jerk reactions. Nice way to demonstrate this point. And to the folks with gum and dog poop on the carpets, I have 2 words: house slippers.


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