A man who was filmed throwing a used refrigerator off a cliff in southern Spain while mocking recycling was forced to drag it out of the ravine before paying a €45,000 (£41,000) fine.
In footage of the incident released by the police, the man in question and a person recording him, are heard saying “Let’s go recycle it” and "Let’s see how many flips it can do” while the fridge goes down the ravine in Almeria.
The man can be seen unloading the fridge from a white van with its license plate in the shot.
After the video went viral online, the local police AUGC Guardia Civil identified the man and ordered him to retrieve the fridge by hand for proper disposal. The Guardia Civil later shared a video of him being made to drag it back up the hillside again.
The unnamed man, who works for a domestic appliance distribution firm, was fined and sacked from his job at the electronic equipment company which also faces possible sanctions of up to €300,000.
A larger investigation is now underway after the same man was also filmed throwing a washing machine down a hillside in Almeria.
“The investigation is still open because the Civil Guard discovered that the company (the man works for) could also be committing a crime against nature,” told the AUGC.
A Guardia Civil’s inspection of the firm found 50 washing machines and 20 fridges left in a courtyard of a warehouse amid vegetation.
“I really regret what I’ve done because it’s meant I’ve lost my job and has aggravated the problems I have with anxiety,” he told the online news site El Español.
“All I want now is for this to go away and the effect it’s having on my family, my girlfriend and me. I don’t want people to have this image of me, as though I were a murderer.”
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