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It's always a shame when a few people mess up a good thing for everyone else. But that's what's about to happen in the case of the newly-opened Big Four Bridge.
I'm talking about the ongoing problem of irresponsible dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets and allow them to use this lovely public attraction as their personal toilet.
Don't tell me they don't realize it's a problem. They wouldn't overlook the same mess on their own sidewalk.
Don't tell me they don't know it's against the rules. To be unaware of all the news coverage this problem has received in the last month, they'd have to be living in a cave.
And don't tell me they can't control their little darlings' natural urges. They don't have to. They just need to be prepared to clean up that "urge" when it strikes.
Let me be blunt. These are nothing but selfish buffoons unconcerned with anyone's welfare or convenience other than their own.
And the real shame is that the huge majority of dog owners are playing by the rules. But the continuing indifference of their clueless counterparts seems almost sure to result in a permanent ban of all dogs from the bridge for everyone.
Maybe a strong dose of peer pressure could still wake these dolts up before the hammer comes down. But I'm afraid they may be beyond all hope.