Our daughter has not been living for very long in a beautiful spot in Blerick (Venlo) on the Maas. However, here too plastic, cups, cans, paper and rubbish are thrown away carelessly. There are two things I can do, she thought: annoy me all the time, or ask the council for a grab stick and get to work myself on my day off.
So thought, so done. With her grab stick and bag she sets off when a boy of about eleven years old approaches her. “Ma’am, may I ask something? Do you have community service?”
A version of this article also appeared in NRC in the morning of July 26, 2021