Doofus Of The Day #645

Today’s award goes to a contractor in Townsville, Australia.  A tip o’ the hat to reader Snoggeramus for telling me about it.

A Townsville City Council contract crew have been forced to rethink how they clean artificial grass after they became the butt of jokes for using a lawnmower.

The crew were photographed this week by motorists mowing the fake grass on the median strip outside Supercheap Auto on Charters Towers Rd, Hermit Park.

They created a social media sensation, with residents claiming it was proof of the council wasting taxpayers’ money.

A council spokeswoman, however, confirmed the contractors were not mowing the grass, rather they were cleaning it to remove cigarette butts.

. . .

“So they’re not actually mowing grass, as much as people would have laughed and pointed it out, they were using [the lawnmower] as a vacuum to suck up the butts.”

A Supercheap Auto Hermit Park staff member, who did not want to be named, said the clean-up crew had supplied many belly laughs for colleagues and customers.

“We’ve all been getting a great laugh out of it,” she said.

There’s more at the link.

It must be an Australian thing . . . I mean, over here, if you want to vacuum something, you use a bloody vacuum cleaner to do it – not a lawnmower!  If I tried to vacuum our carpet with a lawnmower, I’m sure Miss D. would have several things (several very Australian-sounding things, actually!) to say to me about it . . .  What about it, Snoggeramus, mate?  Any ideas?



  1. I have used my lawn mower as a vacuum to pick up leaves (and it bags them too). Faster than raking or using the vacuum attachment on my leaf blower.

  2. Oh, I'm sure you would be treated to a demonstration of that American favorite, the irate Southern woman accent. I hear it on occasion, and it does wonders for keeping me on the straight and narrow.

  3. Leaves, yeah; chops them up, bags them, easy to take to the compost heap.

    But for what they're describing? Seems like a vacuum would be much better. Unless the turbulence from the blade shakes things loose better?

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