A man has been fined £400 and given a ‘written warning’ for leaving his wheelie bins out while he was at work.
Philip Robinson was even threatened with having them confiscated by Stoke-On-Trent City Council after he left them out past 7pm on collection day.
He was also handed a hefty £400 fine as there were also cardboard boxes left by the bins.
The CCTV installer was working at the time, meaning there was no one around to bring them back in.
Now the 53-year-old has pledged to fight the penalty.
He said: ‘I put the rubbish out and turned the bin handle towards the road. Then I got two letters – one saying I had a warning and another saying I had a £400 fine.
‘I am annoyed. This whole thing comes across as absolutely petty and stupid. It was very disappointing.’
It comes as the council is threatening to seize wheelie bins left out after 7pm on collection days in a new crackdown.
Philip branded the council as ‘bullies’ saying they ‘just want to make money’.
He said: ‘They have drawn their battle lines. They have given me a headache and I don’t need it.
‘I just think that they bully people into submission. It is ridiculous and I just think they could think more compassionately.
‘It is baffling that they just want to make money and heartache for people.’
A council spokesman said: ‘The case is under investigation with Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s environmental crime unit and we are in contact with Mr Robinson.
‘Stoke-on-Trent City Council operates a strict zero-tolerance approach towards waste offences and where evidence supports, relevant enforcement action will be taken.’
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