Thousands sign petition calling for binman to be reinstated after he was fired for destroying snowman
Watch: Binman caught destroying snowman on CCTV
Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the reinstatement of a binman fired for kicking the head off a child’s snowman.
Callum Woodhouse, 19, was sacked last week after CCTV footage showed him destroying the 7ft sculpture while on his rounds in Tupsley, Hereford.
It had been built by Joseph Taylor, three, and his six-year-old sister Amelia outside their home.
The refuse worker was subsequently fired by the agency that employs him and has refused to apologise for his actions.
Over the weekend a member of the public created a petition asking for Woodhouse to be reinstated following the row.
The campaign on Change.org was started by Tsvetan Tsvetkov and has gained 3,500 signatures in just three days.
It says: “A binman from Hereford kicked a snowman that was already melting anyway and after a video of it went viral he got sacked. Really!?
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“The guy worked throughout the whole pandemic, risking his own wellbeing and that's what he gets?!
“And for what, a pile of snow.. grow up and give the man his job back!
“Might be you next, if you step in a puddle that might be that snowman's passed cousin and you're sacked! No income in times like this, shame on you!”
A statement from Herefordshire Council said: "We understand the interest in the recent news coverage.
"We are unable to comment as the person was employed by our waste contractor, who are handling the matter in accordance with their HR policies."
Woodhouse was captured on CCTV kicking the snowman, first in the head and then in the torso as he collected the bins last Tuesday.
On Saturday, Woodhouse revealed he is now out of work just before he is due to become a dad for the first time.
He said he had tried to apologise to the family but had been blocked on social media.
Woodhouse added: “It’s a hard time. It’s a pandemic, innit. I’m out of work now, just for kicking a snowman.
“I’m going to be a dad now. I’ve lost my job, f***ed over a snowman. I have a family to feed.”
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