Friday, March 9 we had another mission: we started collecting litter with 2 employees of TGI-Fridays. Why? You can read the extended version here, the ultra-short summary here: I picked up 267 roaming flyers from them and now they came to help us clean up.
We had agreed to meet in pavilion pOp, a temporary building on the Westplein next to the crime scene: the bicycle shed where the flyers of TGI Fridays had been spread everywhere.
We had no idea who to expect: would it be two trainees to do this job or perhaps those who had posted the flyers to all the bicycles? In any case, we did not expect it to be Gert and Robert! Two top managers of TGI Fridays. We thought they were being good sports that they had taken up the gauntlet, but we found it even sportier that they had sent their very best employees. Armed with garbage bags, grabbers and even a landing net we started in the bicycle shed where their well-known flyers were still lying. But there was a lot more than those flyers.
Within 10 minutes we had four garbage bags filled with the usual suspects: cans, plastic bottles, Antaflu wraps, lots of cigarette butts etc. Then we walked through the Leidsekade and the Vleutenseweg back to Paviljoen pOp. A walk that would normally take you a quarter of an hour, but when you also collect litter, that quickly becomes three quarters of an hour. At that time we got to know each other a little better and Gert and Robert saw with their own eyes that all that litter is quite a big problem. If you do not pay attention, you do not see immediately how much litter is on the street. But once you pay attention, you can not unsee it anymore. We see that time and time again.
Once returned to Paviljoen pOp we talked some more and made this beautiful final photo that will probably get a place of honor in the first Dutch branch of TGI-Fridays!
To conclude, we have a an exciting cliffhanger … because what did these men bring with them? You will read it soon on this blog!
Thanks to Marij from Paviljoen pOp for being such a nice and welcoming host and of course thanks to Gert and Robert!