This prankster in a pickle has put Hemel Hempstead in the spotlight across the globe this week – but for all the wrong reasons.
A video of the mystery man, who somehow became stuck inside a traffic bollard, has been viewed by internet users in their droves across the country and abroad, even reaching those in Australia.
The scene is something that punters would probably be less surprised to see during a rowdy night out – but this prank gone wrong played out on Sunday morning in Marlowes.
Onlooker John Waterman, a 28-year-old roofer from Northend, Hemel Hempstead, captured the drama on his mobile phone.
He said: “I had just come out of Burger King at about 10am.
“It took me by surprise – it is not the sort of thing you expect to see on a Sunday.
“No one was willing to help him because they thought it was a joke. It was all a bit random.
“It seems he was actually stuck because there were cuts on his back and arms.”
His ordeal even prompted one town centre shopper to ask: ‘Is that a wind up?’ before saying she was calling the police and fire service for help.
She is heard on the video saying: “He says he has been assaulted and can’t get out – that’s dangerous.”
An officer quickly arrived in his patrol car and pulled the man by his feet to release him from the plastic yellow dome.
Herts Police spokesman Daniel Phillips told the Gazette: “We were called on Sunday by a member of the public in Marlowes who reported a man in the town centre with a bollard unfortunately stuck on his head.
“An officer attended and assisted him in removing it and he went on his way.
“We don’t know the identity of the man involved.”