There's this bakery that all the hipsters love and one of the people I went there with wanted to go check it out. There was a line out the door and down the street. People of all ages were there, some with their kids.
Kids are all running and playing around and then I see one of them reach down and pick something up off the ground and throw it at the other kid like a dart. I look over at the parent, and both are scrolling on their phones.
As we were walking and getting closer to the kids I look down and see what they were throwing at each other - used drug needles.
Then I look around on the ground and they're everywhere. I'm not even hyperbolizing, there were so many needles on the ground it was like leaves falling off a tree in autumn. For about a 100-foot stretch of sidewalk, these little needles filled the gutters
Mortified, I stormed into the bakery and shouted over the crowd to demand to speak to the manager to alert them to this hazard. As I'm explaining, people are looking at me frustrated and annoyed. When I finish explaining the manager looks at me and says they aren't going to clean it up because reasons
Undeterred, I walked back outside and started alerting people in line to put away their phones and take notice of the danger in front of them
A few lazy eyes peered up from their screens to glance at me and then quickly returned to their screens
I felt like I was in a fucking movie where you're the only person who knows something is coming to kill you and everyone ostracizes you for it
It was really surreal. I felt like a fucking crazy person