Jerry Seinfeld had a rant about why he felt justified leaving his trash behind in the theater...he paid $7.50 (it's an old routine :-) ) for his ticket, the theater was making enough money, let them clean it up.
Except of course he wasn't hurting the theater owner one tiny bit, just adding one more little bit of aggravation to the lives of the minimum wage employees who have to clean up after his lazy, entitled millionaire butt.
If I drop the stuff, by mistake, then yeah, that is what the employees are paid for, though I feel pretty crummy that I've made their jobs harder. If I throw the stuff on the floor, or even LEAVE it there intentionally, I'm jist being a jerk.
I don't see how leaving an empty popcorn bag on the floor of a theatre is making someone's job harder. Their job is to clean up. I could see how stepping on popcorn and grinding it into the carpet, or spilling soda, or leaving it wedged in your seat, could be an issue. In fact, if everyone took their trash with them and was perfectly clean, there would be people losing their jobs because there would be nothing to clean up.
Retail worker here. Actually, no. We wouldn't.
If you didn't leave trash around, we would be able to do other, more pleasant things. We would have more money - the company wouldn't spend half as much money on cleaning supplies or damaged stock, resulting in higher raises and bonuses (I think we lost close to a million dollars in shoplifting/customer damage last year in our store alone. And that comes out of OUR bonus, not the bosses). Since we would be doing more technical things, we would have more training and have a much better-looking resume if we wanted to go elsewhere.
And most important, I would never again reach into the back of a shelf and put my hand in someone's half-chewed leftover lunch. I'd be really happy with that!
Lucky--I once worked at Kmart where we'd find things like used disposable diapers stuffed behind some of the package socks. Reach in too hastily, and ... *erk*
School supplies--I went to school in the early 70s and never had supplies provided by my school, but they did very helpfully include the supply list for the next year with the final report card (the lists were also devoid of the stuff like "bag of wrapped hard candies" and "ziploc bags" [size specified by gender of child], and your supplies were *yours*). I liked that ever so much better than the way it worked in the public schools back in Syracuse (where I used to live)--they wouldn't hand out the list until the first day of class and then there'd be a mad frenzy because day 1 was a Thursday and you needed to have everything by Friday. Seriously, you can't--especially for lower grade--come up with x #of 1-subject notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers, and the general "basics"?? The excuse was that each teacher might have a different list of desired supplies (why they couldn't already know where the children would be and have "you'll be in 'Ms Jones' class, here's the next grade supply list" but I guess that'd make too much sense).
Here, it's more like a compromise, there's registration some time before classes start (usually about 2.5 weeks, but this year it's closer to a month due to renovations in one of the buildings in the district that didn't get finished on time) and the lists are given then. There's also a "stuff the bus" program (I think it's through United Way) where there's bins where people donate supplies, and then they're gathered into packs (my daughter went to get some volunteer hours sorting through the donations so that the backpacks would be ready) and anyone who needs assistance lets the school know and the packs are given out to those who need them. Middle son is in high school and I did some minimal ink pens, mechanical pencils (his preference), looseleaf paper and folders, and then after the first day he had a few things he still needed for specific classes, but it wasn't over $20 (and that was because one class required a flash drive otherwise it'd be less than $10).