Okay, I have a dilemma here. We live on a busy street with lots of auto and pedestrian traffic.
I left for work yesterday morning and saw a rather large scratch off lottery ticket on the lawn as I was pulling out of the driveway. When I came home it was still there, despite being a windy day. Hubby hadn't picked up the litter either, because he has a theory: maybe it will blow down the street.
On my way to the mailbox I bent down and picked up that Bingo Scratch Off, and I scanned the gnat-size number circles. Nah! Not a winner. Then, I saw a second chance to win on that card. It had been scratched off, too. The directions: two matching amounts win!
I looked at the side by side $10.00 amounts. Hot diggity! I had a winner in my hot little hands.
Now the dilemma: I did not see anyone trash our lawn, but I have a pretty good idea who did. There's a little old Bosnian man who buys lottery tickets at a neighborhood market up the street from our house almost every day. I have seen him wildly scratching and walking past our house on several occasions. Once or twice, I've seen him toss the losers on the ground. On those occasions I embraced my husband's philosophy, it will be down the block or in the gutter in no time.
I'm considering asking the guy if he tossed trash onto our lawn, to which he will most likely reply: "No speak English." Or he may become belligerent and swing his loaf of fresh bread at me.
The more I think about it, the more I think I will consider the fine for lawn littering $10.00.
Now if by chance I find another winner on our property with a greater amount, I shall increase my fine.
It's all circumstantial evidence at this point. What do you think?