These impromptu trash pile memorials should be stopped. Upon untimely deaths of both famous and ordinary people, the displays of balloons, toys, flowers both plastic and real, signs and scraps of paper pile up on roadsides, sidewalks, front yards and in streets.
These enormous messes benefit only the Dollar General stores and florist shops who sell all the random stuff that is spread about. Enormous amounts of money are being spent on these unsightly displays of poor taste. Yet, the displays seem to grow larger each time one is strewn about.
I am sure that all the money spent on these memorials could be better spent assisting the deceased family or some worthy charitable cause. Someone must speak up to discourage this memorial trash display practice which has become all too common all over the world.
These trash piles make a perfect backdrop for the local, national and international news broadcasts. TV viewers can say: “Look! There’s the hideous pink teddy bear, the half deflated balloons, or the scribbled note I left out there. My contribution got on TV.”
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I say these piles of trash are tasteless, unworthy tributes to any deceased person.
David Busse, Maryville