Facebookers track down Newtown rubbish dumper
April 2, 2018
A Wellington man successfully tracked down a man who dumped 12 bags of rubbish outside his property after a spontaneous investigation led by Facebookers.
Pablo Flinstone posted the picture of trash outside his Newtown flat on Facebook page Vic deals last week.
Facebook commenters pitched in with suggestions to help unravel the mystery. “Open it (the rubbish) up, there will be letters with an address in it,” one said.
Flinstone tore a bag open and found an address with a woman’s name written on it, which he posted on his page.
Just as Facebookers were about to celebrate finding the culprit, Flinstone received a comment from the woman (on the label) explaining that she had recently paid a stranger to take her flat’s 12 bags of rubbish off her.
She told Flinstone she had paid the stranger $50 to take it away, but it was apparent that the stranger hadn’t disposed of it, but simply moved it to Flinstones’ flat.
The woman displayed the stranger’s name on Flinstone’s Facebook post, and viewers then tracked him down by searching the name on Facebook.
A mugshot of the alleged dumper was then uploaded to the post’s thread. At the sound of victory, Flinstone congratulated his social media investigators.
“Thanks to everyone! We have solved another problem in a civilised manner,” he said.
Flinstone said his flatmate made contact with the stranger after the social media investigation and asked him to pick it up before 7am the next morning, which he did.
“He said he would but we had to take the Facebook post down.
“No council was involved, which is good and I hope he learnt the lesson.I just hope he, or anyone else wouldn’t do anything like this again,” he said.
The woman involved and the alleged rubbish dumper did not respond to requests for comment.