I used to get chewing gum stuck under my shoes all the time. It was infuriating. I also hated encountering gross wads of gum stuck under movie theatre seats. Since 1992, that problem has vanished.
When the infamous chewing gum ban was introduced in 1992 I was embarrassed to be a Singaporean. We were becoming a laughing stock in the world’s news. We were already known as a ‘fine’ city. I found out that what prompted the law, was gum, jamming the doors of our brand new subway trains.
Anyway when the law was announced, I started craving for gum in a maddening way. I resorted to buying a pack across our waters in Malaysia. I was asked at the customs by a police offer, if I had gum with me, and being the fool that I was, I immediately confessed. I was just given a warning to not do it again as the law was pretty new then.
Now I am putting it on my happy list. I can do without the scraping the gum off the shoe, and the additional calories anyway.