We’ve cleaned up our act ... now others should follow

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What defines ‘messy’?

Does messy mean empty crisp packets littered around a table? Or is it hundreds of pieces of paper, jotters and textbooks?

I side slightly with actual litter being seen as ‘messy’ - ‘mess’ goes into the bin, whereas school work doesn’t.

Now, what defines ‘dirty’?

School books? Jotters and notes sprawled across a table? Or is it old ketchup which has crusted over because the table hasn’t been cleaned for so long?

I think I know the exact definition of ‘dirty’ in this case.

At school, my group of friends lie within the ‘messy’ category – we have our own little lunch table where we eat, leave our bags and set our folders and school work on.

Admittedly, we used to leave our empty food packets and bottles lying around. However, new regulations state we must tidy up our litter or else the tables would no longer be cleaned so we stopped being lazy and tidied up our ‘mess’.

This change came in a month ago and we are still sitting around a table which has not been washed, cleaned or at least wiped for a considerable amount of time. We are unable to eat off this table because it is so filthy or leave our school work there in case it becomes grubby.

As a group of eight girls, we need as much space as we can, and taking the privilege of a table away from us is completely unfair.

Granted, not everyone has taken heed to the new regulation: some groups do leave litter and have little care for the new rules. However, we should not all be made to suffer. My group has done its bit, so at least reward us with a clean, usable table.