Eloise nodded to the coroner to confirm the identity of the body lying in front of her. She hadn't said good bye to her mother, and now she would never have the opportunity. As the coroner zipped the body bag back up, Eloise noticed that she hadn't spit out her gum yet. The flavor was all gone. It felt like a ball of hard rubber in her mouth. She pushed out through the building doors and stepped into the empty parking lot. Dark clouds were starting to move in, and she was sure it would rain soon. She walked to her car. She noticed a paper cup rolling around on the asphalt, caught up in some gust of wind. She picked it up, fingered the soft edges, and then tossed it into the air where it took flight.
I think lately it has become a trend to have a character "reveal" emotion by doing something like throwing a paper cup up into the air. Somehow, it feels satisfying, but I'm not sure it makes any relevant point.
What do you think? Is this technique B.S.?