Butt heads don't get It

It is more than alarming that a small group of people, butt tossers, can willingly inflict so much damage and destruction on innocent people and communities.

I know they don’t get it, but I sure don't understand their motivation either.

Lets look at the numbers.

  • Total number of fires in B.C. so far this year: 688 (Source: BC Gov fact sheet)
  • The cost so far: $81 million
  • Fires started by people: 50 per cent

Occasionally, there is a camp fire involved or some other means of igniting a fire, but let's put all those brain dead folks in to one camp and call them butt heads. 

Before I go much further, I do understand there are responsible smokers, no issues here, but if you toss butts or light campfires when you shouldn’t, then this applies to you as an official butt head.

If half the fires are caused by humans, essentially arson.The intent during a fire ban is clearly to risk starting a fire and damaging property.

That warrants jail time in my mind, but before we go, there let's look at the average cost of the fire.

$81 million divided by 344 fires is $235,500. That is not even close to the cost of a big fire.

That should be the minimum fine anyone gets for lighting fires during a fire ban and tossing a butt on to the ground. 

My surprise is that: they just don't get it. 

I know there are many people who are frustrated, saddened, sickened and broken by the irresponsible actions of a few mindless idiots in the province.

I don't know what the solution is, but labour camps in the wilderness might be a good idea.

On a more positive note, local entrepreneur Jack Elliman has a solution that has been available for a while
Check it out and maybe buy a few to give to some of your favourite smokers.


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