Saturday, 01. November 2014
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A drunken street cleaner has been carpeted by bosses after a bizarre video of him staggering in the road trying to pick up rubbish after a vodka bender became an internet hit.
Motorist Sergiu Machov - who filmed the clip in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan - said: "I've never seen anything like it before."
"He was chasing the same piece of rubbish around for several minutes before he fell over and couldn't get up."
The clip - uploaded onto Russia's VKontakte social media website - starts with the cleaner wearing a high visibility vest holding a carrier bag in one hand and a pair of long tongs in the other.
"He was trying to pick up what looked like a crushed cigarette pack. But each time he tried to pick it up he'd lose his balance or stumble and he had to start again," said Sergiu.
"Then he fell over and tried to crawl towards the same piece of rubbish but he still couldn't get it in the bag.
"He was a danger to himself and everyone else on the road. He was completely drunk but this was first thing in the morning.
"In the end what looked like the supervisor pulled him to his feet and marched him off," he added.
Local highway officials say the worker has confessed to being drunk on duty after an all night vodka bender.
"This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. He was too drunk to speak to us properly at the time but he has since had a stern final warning," a spokesman told local media.
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