A traffic warden with a sense of humour is being investigated after issuing a wheelie bin with a parking ticket.
Onlookers spotted a traffic warden slap one of the dreaded yellow notices on a Biffa wheelie bin that had been left ‘parked’ on double yellow lines in Carmarthen in south west Wales.
Onlooker Mike Jones recounted the event to the BBC: “It was bizarre – I realised I had just watched a warden give a ticket to a wheelie bin for bad parking.”
Carmarthenshire council acknowledged the whole thing was a joke, explaining there was no actual penalty charge notice inside the waterproof plastic packet, but said it would be investigating.
Counctil traffic and safety manager John McEvoy said in an interview with the BBC: “There was no ticket issued, it is not possible to book a wheelie bin or anything that is not motorised.”
“Although this was meant as a humorous incident, we take this kind of thing very seriously and have launched a formal investigation into the conduct of this officer,” he added.
It is unclear who was responsible for illegally parking the bin or who the parking attendant is.
Jokey traffic wardens are more common than you think. A parking attendant was fired for taking selfies with motorists he had ticketed in 2013.