The worker joked about recycling as he was filmed tipping the fridge off the road and down an embankment. Police were alerted and tracked him down.

By Ian Horswill

Posted on August 7, 2019

A worker, who was filmed by a colleague throwing a fridge down a steep roadside embankment in southern Spain, and bragged about it on social media got his comeuppance.

The man was ordered by local police to drag it back up and fined US$50,000 (€45,000) and was fired from his job. His employer though is still facing further investigation.

Spain’s AUGC Guardia Civil identified the man, who works for a domestic appliance company, after the video, shot in the Almería Province of Andalusia, in Spain, went viral on social media.

The man who tipped the fridge down the steep roadside embankment, was heard ridiculing protecting the environment: “Let’s go recycle it,” he said, before tipping it down the steep embankment, saying: “Let’s see how many flips it can do”.

The licence plate of the white van, which was seen carrying the fridge, was clearly visible in the video and Guardia Civil caught up with the offender and ordered him to drag it back up the cliff by hand and to then dispose of it correctly. The Guardia Civil posted a video of the man dragging it back to the road.

“I really regret what I’ve done because it’s meant I’ve lost my job and has aggravated the problems I have with anxiety,” the man told news site El Español.

“All I want now is for this to go away and the effect it’s having on my family, my girlfriend and me. I don’t want people to have this image of me, as though I were a murderer.”

The man’s employer faces fines of up to US$336,000 (€300,000) and the man is facing further trouble as he was also filmed throwing a washing machine down a hill.

“The investigation is still open because the Civil Guard discovered that the company (the man works for) could also be committing a crime against nature,” said the AUGC.

A Guardia Civil’s inspection of the firm found 50 washing machines and 20 fridges left in a courtyard of a warehouse amid vegetation.