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Almost 2,500 people have signed a petition calling for a ' snowman killer' binman to get his job back.
Callum Woodhouse, 19, was sacked for karate-kicking the head off three-year-old Joseph Taylor's creation, causing an outpouring of sympathy for the dad-to-be.
He was caught on the toddler's family's CCTV roundhouse kicking the binman-loving lad's 7ft tall snowman in the village of Tupsley in Herefordshire last Sunday.
The petition on Change.org calls on Herefordshire council to give him his job back after the agency worker was told on Tuesday he won't be brought back to work for the council again, writes Metro.
So far it has garnered more than 2,500 signatures with commenters ripping the council for denying him work during the pandemic.
The petition's author Tsvetan Tsetkov said: "A binman from Hereford kicked a snowman that was already melting anyway and after a video of it went viral he got sacked.
"Really!? The guy worked throughout the whole pandemic, risking his own wellbeing and that's what he gets?! And for what, a pile of snow.. grow up and give the man his job back!
"Might be you next, if you step in a puddle that might be that snowman's passed cousin and you're sacked! No income in times like this, shame on you!"
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Little Joseph had been watching the binmen when he witnessed Woodhouse kicking the head of his snowman, which he built with his family,before running to tell his parents.
Mum Sophie, 25, watched the CCTV back with his dad Tom Fallon, 33, who reported the incident to the company Woodhouse was working for.
The company, contracted to Herefordshire council, let him go and he told LBC this week he was "overwhelmed" at the effect the incident had had on him.
He claimed the snowman was "obstructing my pathway to work" and that losing his job over "something that's going to melt away anyway" was ridiculous. He said he had apologised to the family on social media but they had blocked him. He even labelled himself "the snowman killer".
He'd earlier said he was "not sorry" for what he'd done and branded Joseph's parents "snowflakes".
One commenter on the petition, Richard Smith from Manchester, said: "What an utterly ridiculous overreaction to fire a man for kicking over a snowman, especially in the middle of a pandemic. The family should be ashamed of themselves."
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