#GoodNews: Chennai Cop Ensures Students Clean Messy Footpath
In 2018, a video clip showing Japanese football fans staying behind after a FIFA World Cup match to clean the stadium went viral almost immediately. Without a doubt, this news awed and inspired many in our country, but did it translate into reality? No, habits, unfortunately, run deep.
But Grade One Constable Ebin Christopher firmly believes change will come only if we adapt as a community. His timely deed comes as a reality check for our double standards.
On 29 March, Ebin, a patrol officer on the Elliots Beach stretch in Besant Nagar, was dismayed to find the footpath littered with empty cardboard boxes and the tiles made slippery with cake crumbs and buttercream. Just a few hours earlier, a birthday celebration had transpired and the students had left a mess behind in the public area.
He also recalled that people had complained of similar occurrences in the past, and so Ebin decided to act on it.
Soon after he had called the students, they rushed to the spot fearing action, he told TNM.
“They feared that I was going to file a complaint. But I made them clean the area so that they do not repeat it again,” the cop said.
Ebin, who joined J5 Sashtri Nagar Police station in 2016, was previously with the Mount Armed Reserved forces. The story of Ebin making students clean up their own mess has been shared widely on the internet and he has received praise from many, he says.
(Published in an arrangement with The News Minute.)