Yes, it's oh-so clichéd. So much so that I'm not even gonna go into it and you can't make me. Suffices to say, no one follows the levantelo sign. No one. None. And that oft-heard thing about how it's the same in Paris. Bull(pun)shit. Even my little French students tell me the streets of Paris are less littered with crap, literally and figuratively.
Here's another example. Yesterday, a caravan of cars barrelled down Avenida Corrientes blasting some prerecorded endorsement of yet another corrupt politician. However, instead of confetti for this ticker-tape parade, brochures--the kind originating from 8 1/2 x 11 papers--were hauled into the sky in greedy handfuls. Unbelievable. My beautiful little cobblestone street got blanketed with stupid brochures that I dare say no single soul will bother to pick up and read.