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A binman who kung-fu kicked a child's snowman's head off has branded the boy's parents "snowflakes" after being sacked – and says he's not sorry.
Callum Woodhouse refused to apologise after CCTV showed him grinning as he booted three-year-old Joseph Taylor's 7ft-tall creation.
The youngster was at home watching the binmen and cried out when he saw his snowman attacked in Tupsley, Hereford last Tuesday.
He, his six-year-old sister Amelia and their friends had built it two days earlier.
Callum told The Mirror : “I don’t think I have to say I’m sorry. His family knew it was not going to be there forever.
"The snowman was obstructing my path. I decided to kick it because I didn't think it was going to hurt anyone's feelings. I don’t think that snowmen have feelings.
"It was going to melt and snow again, I didn't think it would make such an impact on a three-year-old kid."
Callum, whose partner is expecting a child, was asked not to return to his agency job following the incident.
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“The outcome is I’ve lost my job," he continued. "I didn't think it was legal to sack me for kicking a snowman.
"When I said to my boss 'I've got a family I need this job' he said 'I don't give a s**t'.
“I’m willing to build the parents a new snowman for their son. They have been more cold-hearted to me than I have to them."
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The binman bizarrely compared the row to the coronavirus pandemic in a rambling Facebook post. He wrote: "Yes I kicked the snowman. No it doesn't have feelings.
"Yes the people who made it (kids) have young feelings. Let's look at the bigger problem in this world Covid-19 people have feelings about this.
"People are dropping dead by a virus. Think of it like this, that snowman wouldn't be there tomorrow, any feelings then?…no.
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"I understand people made this snowman but it's gonna melt anyhow.
"I don't understand why this has came to this."
When asked on Facebook if he would say people who were criticising him were "snowflakes" he replied: "Yes I do totally, out of this world."
Joseph's furious dad Tom Fallon, 33, who works as an IT systems administrator, blasted the binman, saying: "It's just so thoughtless.
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"After the snow over the weekend Joseph and the kids next door took it in turns, all socially distancing, to add to the snowman.
"It was huge by the end of the day and the kids loved it. When I watched this bully use it as some kind of kick bag I was horrified.
"I emailed the company he worked for who said they were launching disciplinary proceedings.
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"I just hope he thinks harder about his actions. Joseph usually loves watching the binmen out the window but he's too upset to do that now."
Shocked mum Sophie, 25, said: "To do that in front of Joseph makes it just so heartless."
The couple contacted Herefordshire Council.
A spokesman confirmed the binman was from an agency and would not be used again.
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