Police say ad flyers are ‘litter’ after condo owners complain

Most people who drive in the Cayman Islands have
experienced it.

You go out to the car in the rain, jump into the driver’s
seat, start it up and turn on the windshield wipers, instantly realising you
have dozens of wadded up spit balls on the windscreen because someone left an
advertising flyer there before the weather turned. 

Some condo owners along Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach
corridor told Police Commissioner David Baines last week that those leaflets
and flyers are a lot more than a nuisance to them.

One man, who identified himself as ‘Max’ during last week’s
meeting of Seven Mile Beach property owners at the Ritz-Carlton-Grand Cayman,
said he was furious after someone had left hundreds of flyers from a nightclub
on vehicles in his complex’s front lot. 

Many of the flyers were taken off the vehicles and scattered
on the ground.

“What recourse do we have?” he asked police officials who
had gathered at the Ritz to meet with the property owners. “I was really angry.
I wanted to take all 300 of these I found and go throw them outside of the
club.”

The condo manager said he was also concerned that if flyers
remained on cars that belong to individuals who are away for a few days, it
could be an indication to criminals.

Mr. Baines said he hadn’t considered the matter before, but
indicated he would be interested in taking it up with the Cayman Islands
Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s never raised its head before…strictly speaking,
you’re depositing litter in the open air, and the sooner we find somebody doing
it and take a prosecution and do them for dropping litter,” Mr. Baines said.

According to the Litter Law (1997 Revision), ‘litter’ means
anything, including dust, dirt, leavings, waste paper, cigarette butts,
bottles, vehicles, dead animals, etc.

“Whoever throws down, drops or otherwise deposits and
leaves any litter in, into or from a public place in such circumstances as to
cause, contribute to or tend to lead to its defacement by such litter is guilty
of an offence,” according to the law, which calls for a $500 dollar fine and up
to six months in jail upon conviction for littering offences.

“If you go along the street you’ll see stickers all over
the place that have just been dumped.

Maybe one in 10 gets used,” Mr. Baines said. 

The commissioner also noted his own concern about Cayman’s
weekend newspaper, the Observer on Sunday, being deposited outside the homes of
individuals who may not be there and aren’t able to pick it up. 

“They
have to be picked up, the ones that aren’t used, if they stay there any longer
than the Sunday they’re delivered,” he said.

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  1. I agree with this story. But can you call the police if you see someone doing it? No point to say "this is illegal" if it’s not enforced.

    The same goes with peoople who deliver flyers or those newspapers no one reads. You can ask them politely to stop delivering them. You can put a sign up, because asking politely doesn’t work, that says you dont want any papers. But, sure as sunday. The paper is on your lawn or on your door step. Waiting for someone to pick it up, and throw it in the garbage. Each and every week.

    I have even left the papers on my step for months, piles of brown and yellow papers from age, still rolled up as they were delivered. And sure as the papers are lying there, that saturday or sunday. Another new paper will be stacked with the rest. Like this obviously doens’t give them the hint that no one is reading them, or even want them. But…they do not care.

    What are we to do, when we catch someone giving us the 15th news paper, that you have politely asked them not to deliver, and have a sign up on the door stating the same thing as a reminder?

    They keep delivering them, because there is nothing we can do.

    shrugs

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