Anti-littering mimes cause offense

From the Globe:

Its creators saw it as a bright, well-intentioned idea. An antilittering campaign designed for East Boston’s heavily immigrant population: Amusing street mimes, transcending language barriers, would perform in public spaces, grab residents’ attention, and help persuade them to stop dropping trash on neighborhood streets.

I just don’t know where to begin. I guess the thing that makes me laugh the hardest is that the reporter is really being way too generous here. Who could possibly have thought this was a bright, well-intentioned idea? Who could possibly have thought “It’s kind of messy here. Should we pay some people to clean it up? Buy some new spiffy trash cans? Enforce some littering fines? Nah, let’s call in the mimes!”