By: Steve Dellar | 05-05-2018 | News
Photo credit: Facebook | Neville Daytona

UK – Protesting Potholes, Swindon Man Stuffs Them With Barbie Dolls

A while ago, there was a rant by conservative voice Mr James Woods complaining about the many potholes in Los Angeles’ roads. Mr Woods stated that the city had enough money to repaint the roads in order to combat climate change, but not to repair the potholes in the streets.

He could take a hint from a man in Swindon, UK, who, faced with a similar problem of poor road maintenance, decided to fill up the many potholes with Barbie dolls, making it look like they were drowning in the rain.

56-year-old Mr Neville Daytona bought a box of dolls in a local charity shop and proceeded to install them in particularly deep potholes.

He has limited himself to working with long-haired blonde dolls so far rather than mixing it up with any male Ken dolls or introducing some action figures in there.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">But don’t fix the seven million potholes… <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) <a href="">April 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The picture making it look like the dolls were suffering because of the poor condition of the roads near his home had the desired effect as Swindon Borough Council stepped in later on to fix the ‘underlying issue’.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New post (Dolls&#39; heads used to lobby Swindon pothole repairs) has been published on News Broadcast Network - <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NewsFlash911 (@NEWSFLASH911) <a href="">May 5, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Daytona placed the dolls on a road over the M4 in Swindon. He explained: “The roads are disgusting. Everyone’s moaning about it.”

“I ride a motorbike, cycle and drive. On a motorcycle or bicycle you have to swerve all over the road to avoid the potholes – if you don’t you’re wincing. So I thought I’d do something amusing about it.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is one way to highlight the pothole issue. Residents of Swindon…we salute you. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WTF</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SlightlyCreepy</a> <a href="">@forthone</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Arlene Stuart (@RadioArlene) <a href="">May 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“I was going to call them ladies of the street, but I thought it wasn’t very PC. It’s childish, it’s clean humour and it’s just funny. If it makes someone smile it’s worth it.”

A spokesman for Swindon Borough Council admitted that Mr Daytona’s posts on social media had sprung them all into action: “Our action men and women have repaired the pothole several times but it keeps reappearing due to a problem with the motorway bridge. Highways England have now agreed to fix the underlying issue.”


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Johnny Neptune No. 25120 2018-05-05 : 13:16

I heard his original plan only ended up making people speed up, and intentionally hit the potholes.

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