A man walking with friends along the main Suksawat Road near to soi 17, in the Thai capital of Bangkok last night, was seen to drop litter - a crisp packet - onto the footpath 'without a second thought', it has emerged.
The incident happened in full view of dozens of eyewitnesses, who seemed to regard the man's irresponsible and carefree actions in the same uncaring and nonchalant manner.
That is, apart from me, M*ys Kenw**d.
I saw the crime from start-to-finish, and strode manfully up to a policeman to inform him of the circumstances - not that this was necessary, as it had all taken place virtually 'under his nose'.
This stout guardian of the peace - standing not 5 yards away from the discarded crisp packet - looked at me blankly, as if I'd been born yesterday, and waved me along.
Clearly, in certain parts of Asia, the law is only as good as the willingness of its custodians to enforce it.
For the record, I was born in 1963.