Helpful advice for those wishing to dispose of garbage - don't dispose of your keys in the same dumpster!
A German man has just found this out the hard way.
A Mönchengladbach man was stuck with his feet in the air for hours after diving into a paper recycling container to retrieve his keys, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Monday.
“He got himself stuck upside down in the opening and suddenly couldn’t move back and forth,” a police spokesperson said.
An acquaintance of the man’s called the fire department when he saw the helpless 39-year-old’s feet poking out of the container on Sunday evening, police reported. Fire department workers used metal cutters to widen the container opening, which then caused the man to fall all the way inside.
Authorities were forced to cut a large hole in the container and build a makeshift lifting ramp to free the man about an hour later, police said.
“He had his keys again, but sustained a few cuts and bruises to get them,” the spokesperson said.
Must have been rather embarrassing for the poor guy. First, being located by his feet sticking out of the bin (hardly his most recognizable feature, I'd have thought!); then falling into it, rather than out, when the opening was widened; and finally having to sit amidst the garbage for an hour, while the 'authorities' cut a bigger hole to get him out again!
I wonder how long it'll take him to live that one down among his friends?
"Hey, here comes Recycle Man!"