'It was going to melt anyway!': Binman sacked for decapitating snowman says row is 'ridiculous'

‘It was going to melt anyway!’: Sacked binman is not sorry for decapitating three-year-old boy’s snowman with kung fu kick as he says it was ‘in the way’

  • Callum Woodhouse caught on CCTV kicking off top of the snowman in Hereford
  • Sophie Taylor, 25, said her son Joseph, three, helped build the 6ft-tall creation 
  • Council stated the bin collector will not be brought back to work for them again 
  • But Mr Woodhouse has now hit back at council and branded row as ‘ridiculous’

By Katie Weston For Mailonline

Published: 12:22, 29 January 2021 | Updated: 15:17, 29 January 2021

A binman sacked for decapitating a three-year-old boy’s snowman with a kung fu kick has today branded the row as ‘ridiculous’.  

CCTV footage captured Callum Woodhouse kicking off the top of the 6ft-tall creation in Hereford while waiting for a bin to be emptied into the back of a refuse truck – before returning the bin to its spot on the pavement. 

Sophie Taylor, 25, said her son Joseph, aged three, helped build the snowman on Saturday after an Arctic ice blast swept the country. 

Herefordshire Council said it was ‘disappointed’ by the bin collector’s conduct and that he will not be brought back to work for them again. 

But Mr Woodhouse has now hit back at the council and said that he feels ‘overwhelmed’ by how the action had such a ‘massive impact’. 

Callum Woodhouse (pictured above at Kingstone, Hereford) has hit back at Herefordshire Council and said that he feels ‘overwhelmed’ by how the action had such a ‘massive impact’

'It was going to melt anyway!': Binman sacked for decapitating snowman says row is 'ridiculous'

Joseph, aged three, pictured with the destroyed snowman. Sophie Taylor, 25, said her son helped build the 6ft-tall creation on Saturday

He told LBC: ‘I’m overwhelmed by the fact kicking a snow man could have a massive impact on me, I felt like the snow man was obstructing my path way to work, as a bin man we have an important role which the community rely on.

‘So to lose my job over kicking something that’s going to melt anyway is ridiculous. The snowman was in the way to put the bin back in the first place.’

The binman added that he will soon become a father and has been left with no income.

A petition launched yesterday asking Herefordshire Council to give Mr Woodhouse his job back has reached 456 signatures, at the time of writing.

Its description reads: ‘The guy worked throughout the whole pandemic, risking his own wellbeing and that’s what he gets?!’

Ms Taylor earlier told the Hereford Times that her son waves at the binmen while they collect his rubbish every week and then he ‘goes and does that in front of his face’. 

'It was going to melt anyway!': Binman sacked for decapitating snowman says row is 'ridiculous'

CCTV footage captured Mr Woodhouse kicking off the top of the 6ft-tall creation in Hereford while waiting for a bin to be emptied into the back of a refuse truck

'It was going to melt anyway!': Binman sacked for decapitating snowman says row is 'ridiculous'

Mr Woodhouse (pictured above) said: ‘To lose my job over kicking something that’s going to melt anyway is ridiculous. The snowman was in the way to put the bin back in the first place’

'It was going to melt anyway!': Binman sacked for decapitating snowman says row is 'ridiculous'

Mr Woodhouse pictured with the mother of his future child.

The binman said that he will soon become a father and has been left with no income

The youngster’s creation lasted until Tuesday when Mr Woodhouse – an agency worker recruited to work for a council contractor – kicked its head off.

Waste management company FCC said in a statement: ‘We were alerted to the incident by concerned residents and having reviewed the footage it was clear that the actions taken by this individual were not in keeping with the conduct expected of people representing our business or the council.

‘As the individual was employed through an agency, we requested that he did not return to work other than to hand the uniform back. 

‘We believe this to be an appropriate measure given the nature of the incident.’

A Herefordshire Council spokesperson said: ‘The council was made aware of this incident and referred it to our waste collection contractor who employed the individual through an agency. 

‘They have handled the matter according to their HR policies and have made the decision to request that he not return to work, as is their prerogative.’

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