Guy Comes Up With A Clever Way To Get The City To Repair Potholes


Not all heroes wear capes. The residents of the town of Middlesbrough in the UK, have come up with a clever, if not slightly crude but effective way of fixing potholes. The local government had left a lot of potholes on the road unattended for more than a year. A local, Brad Nicholson, told the BBC how a few of people decided to take action by drawing phallic symbols around the potholes.


Teeside Connected, a local Facebook page, uploaded photos of the phallic graffiti online, writing, “It looks like some residents of Acklam have had enough of reporting these potholes to the council.”

It looks like some residents of Acklam have had enough of reporting these pot holes to the Council

Posted by Teesside Connected. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The gamble paid off.

A few days later, the Facebook page had an update, “The power of the willy. Repaired this morning 25-04-2019. Only been there a year. Well done Middlesbrough Council.”

The Middlesbrough Council told the BBC that there was already a road-mending team in the Acklam area to fix the phallic potholes once they were made aware of them.

Nicholson, who shared the photos, said the potholes appeared two years ago, but didn’t become a real problem until a year ago. As far as the phallic drawings, he doesn’t know who drew them, but he did add, “It’s about time something was done about all the potholes in Middlesbrough.”

The power of the Willy. Repaired this morning 25-04-2019. Only been there a year, well done Middlesbrough Council.

Posted by Brad Nicholson on Friday, April 26, 2019

A spokesperson for the Middlesbrough Council commented, “Middlesbrough, like all local authority area in the country, has issues with potholes and repairs are carried out on a priority basis determined by the risk they pose to highway users. Currently, however, we are carrying out pre-planned works in the Acklam area and staff was able to visit the nearby site on Fane Grove when the matter was reported to us and have patched over the hole.”

Social media users were impressed by the idea, with one commentator writing, “This is genius. By doing this then council literally have to cover them up.”

Another posted, “Great work if they fix it I will know why I’m paying road tax.”

You have to hand it to whoever decided to spray-paint willies all over the ground, they’re getting results. What do you think?



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