A driver in Bristol has come up with an inventive way to protect their car parking space.
The unnamed resident attached yellow and black hazard tape to two wheelie bins, and placed the elaborate blockade in the road beside the pavement with enough space between to fit two cars, as they hoped to reserve the space for a removal lorry which was due to arrive on Friday.
Two large notes attached to each bin read: "Please leave this space for removal lorry, 0700, Fri 10/03 (sic)"
The Bristol Post newspaper reports the contraption was first spotted on Sunday, freeing up the space on the roadside for a full two days before it was needed, and now doubt annoying other local drivers.
But Bristol City Council have now confirmed no-one has the right to commandeer a roadside parking space, and a driver would have been able to move the bins and park in that space should they have needed to.
A spokesperson for the council told the publication: "This area has not been officially suspended by Bristol City Council's Parking Services team so we are unable to undertake any enforcement action against any vehicles parking in this location.
"Parking Services can legally cone off an area such as this by using its 'No Waiting Cones', but there is a charge associated with providing this service.
"The tape and bins could be seen as an obstruction of the highway and therefore be removed by the council."