LEGEND: Viral video shows fearless man handing trash back to littering cop in Jakarta

A man returning a plastic cup that was thrown out of a police car in Jakarta. Photo: Video screengrab
A man returning a plastic cup that was thrown out of a police car in Jakarta. Photo: Video screengrab

Who polices the police? Well, this man with an impressive ponytail (and presumably huge balls) can.

The following video has gone viral in Indonesia recently, with many praising the clip’s protagonist for being brave enough to remind a law enforcement officer that nobody should be above the laws against littering.

In the video, a plastic cup can be seen lying on the road, apparently having just been thrown out of a police car that was sitting in traffic. While most wouldn’t dare to confront the law enforcement litterer, the video’s hero apparently didn’t think that this police officer was above the law. He confidently picks up the litter, walks up to the police car and returns the cup before walking away with a grin and some serious swagger.

MENEGUR POLISI yang BUANG SAMPAH SEMBARANGAN sebenarnya kejadian ini sudah lama, tanggal 6 Agustus 2013 di Matraman – Jakarta video ini pun masih kutemukan di hardisk laptop, yang laptopnya sudah rusak pula awal kejadiannya begini, aku lagi sama si @thinxtank mau ke toko buku Gramedia Matraman, toko buku terbesar Gramedia di Jakarta ketika di persimpangan lampu merah, terlihat kemasan air mineral gelas dibuang dari jendela mobil dinas polisi ini lalu, saya bilang sama kawanku si @thinxtank , gak bisa begitu, harus kita tegur. kawanku ini bilang, memangnya kau berani ? . mungkin rasa takut, karena jamak di masyarakat, biasanya polisi menegur masyarakat, bukan sebaliknya aku bilang, harus ditegur, aku pun langsung keluar dari mobil aku berjalan dengan mengambil kemasan air mineral yang dibuang itu, lalu aku berjalan mendekat ke arah mobil dinas polisinya sembari memberikan kemasan air mineralnya, aku berkata “pak, ini sampah air gelasnya, jangan buang sampah sembarangan, buang di tempat sampah saja” lalu aku pergi meninggalkan mobil polisinya dan berjalan kembali ke dalam mobil ini bukan menjadi aksi gagah-gagahan, tapi siapapun dan dimana pun, kita tidak boleh buang sampah sembarangan saya pun tidak segan juga menegur kawan-kawan yang buang sampah sembarangan, terlebih lagi dengan kawan” dekat kalian juga, bisa menegur kawan kalian bila buang sampah sembarangan, karena dampaknya sangat besar, seperti menyebabkan bencana ekologis (bencana karena ulah manusia), seperti bencana banjir bukan karena kita sok orang sempurna, tapi setialah pada praktek kecil, karena akan memberikan dampak besar bila dilakukan bersama bila ada pun sampah kita sendiri, buanglah di tong sampah bila belum ada tong sampah di sekitar kita, bisa dikantongi dahulu, dibuat di dalam tas, nanti dibuang kemudian di tong sampah,seperti puntung rokok, bungkus permen, dll ini bumi kita, tempat kita hidup, bukan untuk mendikte, tapi apa salahnya jika kita jaga bersama . . 🌏 Matraman ● Jakarta Timur ● DKI Jakarta #jakarta #climatechange #globalwarming #traveling #nature #backpacker #discovery #journey #adventure #WHPoutdoors #hippies #sea #ocean #dive #thediscoverer #jalanjalan

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The video was originally uploaded by the man in the video himself, Sidoli Parjalang, on January 6 before it was shared and reposted countless times on social media. According to Sidoli’s caption in the post above, the incident actually occurred on August 6, 2013, and he only recently recovered the video out of the hard drive of a damaged laptop.

At the time, he and his friend were driving in Matraman, East Jakarta, when they spotted the littering cop.

“I told my friend, that’s not right, we must reprimand them. My friend asked, ‘Are you brave enough?’” Sidoli wrote.

Evidently, he was. He went up to the police car and said to a cop sitting in the backseat, “Sir, this is your plastic cup, please do not litter, throw it in the bin.”

“This is not an act of heroism,” he went on to write, “but whoever and wherever, we are not allowed to litter.”

“This is our earth, where we live. Not to dictate (other people’s lives), but we should maintain (earth) together.”

Considering the amount of trash on the capital’s streets, it may surprise some to learn that littering is indeed against the law in Jakarta, punishable by a fine of up to IDR500,000 (US$37.52).

Police have not yet commented on the viral video.

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