In urban areas however the spit and snot don't necessarily land on a verge or hedge. It can land on other people I'm not sure people do only spit for some spurious reason In China, for example, it seems to be the norm to hoik up half a lung (lots of smokers) and spit on the pavement or anyone passing. Utterly disgusting. Just because many people do it, it doesn't make it acceptable. Plenty pf people, especially males, pi$$ in the street, is that acceptable?