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The cleaner’s actions earned him praise from internet users. Handout photo

Angry Chinese cleaner ‘impounds’ illegally parked car with dozens of rubbish bins

Fed up with inconsiderate driver blocking the entrance to his waste collection point, janitor finds creative way to get even

An elderly cleaner in eastern China has made headlines on Chinese social media after a video of him surrounding an illegally parked car with garbage bins went viral online.

The 40-second edited footage uploaded online shows the cleaner, in a dark blue uniform, placing garbage bins full of rubbish one by one around a black car in Anhui province, local news portal, reported.

The cleaner, whose name was not given, was reportedly frustrated that the car was blocking the entrance to the waste yard where he works.

“[The driver] should not park his car here. It blocks the emergency exit [of our compound] and the entrance to the waste yard,” the cleaner said in front of the camera.

“I can hardly work this way, and can’t get leave work if the car stays here. I have no other option.”

The cleaner told the news portal that because he could not contact the driver and the car was illegally parked there for hours, he decided to teach the driver a lesson.

Many internet users praised the cleaner’s move.

“Well done,” several microbloggers said.

“He is really good at playing Go (a Chinese board game using flat round pebbles),” another said.

Illegal parking has increasingly become a problem in China in recent years because of rising car ownership and a lack of parking spots.

In June, management staff at a residential compound in Wuhan, Hubei province, encircled a red Chevrolet sedan with traffic cones after its driver ignored warnings and left his car parked at an emergency exit.

Also in June, cleaners at a residential building in Qingdao, Shandong province, used garbage bins to surround a car that was parked in a waste yard.