HILARIOUS video shows a bin man decide it’s quicker to take a garden gate off its hinges rather than wrestle with the latch.
The man places his hand on the latch but then places his boot under the gate and in one swift movement lifts it free of its hinges.
He then wanders into the garden – still carrying the gate – and briefly inspects something before leaving empty-handed.
The gate is left propped against the garden wall of the property in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
The owner of the property, 54-year-old IT teacher Dean Leggett, posted the video on the event on November 8 to social media.
He admitted: “This is in no way a crime but it did make me laugh. Outside my house today.
“I wonder what he thought? Our dustman do a great service but sometimes make mistakes lol.”
Viewer Niki Burns joked: “I see someone nick a gate once and I was going to say something but I thought he might of taken ‘afence’.”
Brian Farmer also said: “Well it was an open and shut case.”
Donna Murrell commented: “Well at least he didn’t throw it in the back of the lorry.”
Beau Ho praised the binmen of Southend, saying: “The bin men do a grand job and if I see them. I always have to stop and tell them what a good job they do. Well done lads!”
Speaking today Dean said: “I didn’t notice the gate was off when I got home until I noticed it on my CCTV lent up against the wall.
“When I checked, I noticed it wasn’t damaged in any way but was just lifted off. That’s what prompted me to view the recording and that’s when I found our dustman had just lifted it off.”
He added: “I think it was funny because he looks at the driver to see if he had noticed what he did. I found it very funny.
“The gate isn’t faulty – he just didn’t push the latch down properly.
“He presses the latch in the middle and not on the end as you will see in the video. He tries to press the middle but it wont open so he just lifted the gate right off.”