Penbo Sticks Up For A Guy Who Was Hassled For Collecting Cans

Apr 16, 2019


The council worker who demanded the name and phone number of a man taking bottles out of a recycling bin was “heavy handed” and had no right to tell the man to stop, says FIVEaa Breakfast’s David Penberthy.

On Tuesday’s Breaking @ 8 segment Penbo shared a conversation he had with a local battler:

“He told me that he got bailed up in Burnside last week by someone who was a council ranger who confronted him and said, ‘What are you doing with these bottles?’

“He said, ‘I have an arrangement with the person who owns this house. They know that I do this for a bit of income and they always leave the bin out a day early to give me first dibs…’

“This council worker told him he wasn’t allowed to do it and then he asked him for his name and his telephone number in case he needed to contact him again.

“They’re not the cops. The council’s got no right to do that.

“You could argue that the homeowner is actually the owner of the cans and the bottles in the yellow bin and the homeowner’s got every right to decide whether they go to the council that’s flushed with cash or to the poor bloke who’s on the bones of his bum trying to make 5, 6, 7 dollars a bin by getting his hands dirty mucking on through it.

“It seemed to be such a heavy handed tactic, I thought, on the part of the council to start monstering these people who are clearly desperately poor.”