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Shitty Consumers

Consumerism is beyond disgusting when taken to these extremes:

Spikes have been fixed to trees in a leafy neighbourhood of Bristol in an attempt to prevent birds from perching there and creating a mess on residents’ cars.The spikes, of the sort normally seen on the ledges of buildings to ward off pigeons, have been spotted on trees in Clifton, near the wildlife-rich Downs and the Avon gorge.


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22 thoughts on “Shitty Consumers

  1. Stringer Bell on said:

    What a sight.


  2. Dreidel on said:

    They just look like tacky small-town Christmas decorations to me.


    • It’s a BDSM Christmas Tree!

      BDSM (for the more innocent readers – Bondage, Domination/Discipline, Sado-Masochism)


      • ShaunRe on said:

        Can birds give informed consent? All we know for sure is that they like scat play (nope, not telling; you guess what it is).


        • Where I live the spikes often don’t work. They put a bunch in at a covered streetcar stop and the pigeons just nudged down between them so maybe that counts as consent? Then they tried blocking it off with chicken wire but they managed to get through that too…

          Scat…. you mean what they call Sperrgebiet auf Deutsch?


          • Dreidel on said:

            If it’s any consolation to all you animal lovers (actually consumer-haters) commenting on this post, spikes like those really aren’t an effective pigeon repellent.

            My next-door neighbor bought a bunch of those spikes to put on the high columns on his rear patio deck to stop pigeons from building nests there — and the birds totally ignore the spikes and build right on top of them.


  3. This is more than just rampant consumerism, it’s an example of the ignorant assuming that they have the absolute right to control everything in their environment.
    From what I’ve read these monstrosities are in trees on private land. Some people don’t deserve to have trees, my sympathy is entirely with the birds!


  4. Shakti on said:

    Clarissa is appalled by bird spikes…
    Take a gander at these anti-homeless spikes
    From 2014:

    Earlier this month, someone tweeted a picture of a series of metal spikes built into the ground outside a London apartment building.

    The spikes were intended to discourage homeless people from sleeping in the area, and their presence sparked a public outcry. London’s mayor called the spikes “ugly, self defeating & stupid,” and the mayor of Montreal called similar spikes in his own city “unacceptable!!!!” Protesters poured concrete over a set of spikes outside of a Tesco supermarket. Then, after a petition was signed by nearly 130,000 people, the spikes were removed from the London apartment building, the Tesco, and downtown Montreal….

    An example of a pervasive homeless deterrence technology is benches designed to discourage sleeping. These include benches with vertical slats between each seat, individual bucket seats, large armrests between seats, and wall railings which enable leaning but not sitting or lying, among many other designs. There are even benches made to be slightly uncomfortable in order to dissuade people from sitting too long. Sadly, such designs are particularly common in subway, bus stops, and parks that present the homeless with the prospect of a safely public place to sleep.


  5. Stringer Bell on said:

    Speaking of shitty consumers…


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