Are There Any Rockford Potholes You’d Like to Wish a Happy Birthday?
Some folks in an English village decided to send a message to their local government about a two year old pothole problem. They didn't do it by petition, or by raising their voices at a council meeting--they did it with cake.
After much complaining about the pothole, which formed in March of 2015, someone in the village of Plumtree decided to take (or bake, if you're into the whole pun thing) matters into their own hands and share their message on Twitter:
Resident Vonnie Daykin, 56, told the Nottingham Post the pothole has been around since at least March 2015 and has grown deeper over time."I nearly put three candles on but I thought that might be pushing it," she said. "It's dangerous for people who drive, and who cycle, because if you come to a pothole you have to swerve out in to the road which makes it unsafe for everyone."
Since the pothole birthday cake went viral, it seems as though the local government has gotten the message:
The Twitter image garnered a response from the Nottinghamshire City Council encouraging residents to report the pothole with location details. "Not exactly a happy event, no, but thanks for your response. This was one of the several potholes all along Main Road from farm to school," Plumtree People said.
Up until yesterday morning, I would have nominated several potholes in my neighborhood for a birthday party, but this morning they had been filled in.
This is why the internet was invented. To give people an outlet to voice their grievances--and share cat photos.
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