At work, we have a kitchen/break room arrangement with a fridge, dishwasher, stove/oven, sink and tables. We also have silverware, dishes, and pots & pans provided by our employer. All employees agreed that we would all pitch in to keep the place clean by sharing duties like wiping down tables at the end of the day, cleaning the stove and oven after using it, keeping the fridge clean, and putting our dishes in the dishwasher and unloading it if needed. Basically we agreed to pick up after ourselves. It was to be a cooperative effort with everybody pitching in. Being that we are in Missoula, most of the employees at my place of work are liberals and really embraced this idea.
Turns out it's not working. The sink is always full of dishes. People leave messes on the tables and sometimes don't even put their dishes in the sink. The stove and oven are almost always left a mess and I won't even tell you what the fridge looks like! There are a couple of us who have taken it upon ourselves to keep the break room clean. I only spend my break time in the room so I am unable to see who is leaving the messes but it's clearly the majority of the other 30 or so employees.
Why can't everybody take care of their own messes? Why do they leave it up to a few other people to do? Is this a small and simple example of something much larger?