Dear Urban Diplomat: Should I forgive my date for being a litterbug?
Dear Urban Diplomat,
I recently went on a date with a cute girl. After the movie, she suggested we go to McDonald’s. I avoid fast food, but I found the request charmingly unpretentious, so we ate burgers at a lookout near Casa Loma. While we were driving home, she stuffed the wrappers and napkins into the bag and tossed it all out the window. I had to suppress my shock. I drive a Prius for heaven’s sake! After a week, she emailed asking what’s up. We had a good connection, but I can’t seem to forget her eco-hostile transgression. Should I just get over it?
I get it: The littering isn’t just about littering. The moment the Mickey D’s bag went out the window, so did your attraction. By the second date, she may be blasting the air conditioning with the windows down, arguing for paving over Rouge Park and planning a vacation to the Alberta oil sands. If you like this girl in every other way, however, it’s worth a second date, during which you tell her you’re not into trash tossing. Once reformed, she might prove to be your dream girl. If she persists, then by all means cut her loose like a French fry in the wind.
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