Keith Askew, of Ravensbury Road, says the can bin at the Cotmandene Crescent centre was full, so he left the bags next to it.
Having driven there in a company van, his boss received a call within days saying Mr Askew had been fined.His 'crime'? Well, according to the council, flytipping. You see, if they don't provide the facilities to recycle, you're supposed to...well, what?
But he might find himself in hotter water:
"I couldn't believe it. There are no signs or anything there. How was I supposed to know what I was doing was wrong?"
Mr Askew, who described the fine as a "stealth tax" says he complained about the situation to the council, but they stood by the fine.
He said: "I am not just some pikey boy who leaves his bags down there.
"I pay my taxes, I go to work, I am a law abiding citizen."Oooooooohhhhh! Some eagle-eyed commenter leaps on that like a [censored] on a [censored]*...
He said: "I am not just some **** boy who leaves his bags down there. Is that not a racist statement? I await the NS readers to decide.Yes, of course you do. Your kind always try that passive-aggressive crap, don't you?
Some skip the 'passive' bit:
Comments by an Essex councillor who suggested a travellers' site would look like "My Big Fat Gypsy Cesspit" are being investigated by police.
Mark Coxshall, a Conservative member of Thurrock Council, made the comments about a site in Stanford-le-Hope. The Irish Traveller Movement in Britain said the comments were racist and complained to the council.*sighs*
Mr Coxshall said: "I utterly refute any suggestion that the comments I have made are in any way racist.
"My comments were about the illegal traveller site. I certainly do not apologise for taking a hard line approach against illegal sites.
"It is very dangerous to make the leap that comments which may not be politically correct are by definition hate-fuelled."He's right, of course, but such is the political climate I give it three days before he's forced to make a grovelling apology.
* fill in the blanks in as politically-incorrect a manner as you can manage...