One man’s trash is another man’s date.
Carl Stanojevic, a 54-year-old photographer in Australia, has gone viral after his neighbor Nick Doherty asked him for a favor by texting him to “take the bins out” while he was away, the Guardian reported.
“Yeah sure no problem — any particular place … Movitos, Bavarian, Rabbit Hole?” Stanojevic replied jokingly, listing local hot spots, according to Star 101.9.
The Mackay resident then literally took out his neighbor’s bin Wednesday — on a five-hour tour of Queensland, hitting a variety of popular spots, including restaurants and bars, that he documented on Facebook.
“Nick Doherty .. you asked me nicely to ‘take’ your bin out….soooo I did,” Stanojevic wrote.
“I gave it a bath and cleaned it up with a bit of Glen 20 and off I went,” he told Star 1019.
The prankster grabbed his camera gear and set off on the adventure with the wheeled companion.
He took the stinky sidekick sightseeing at a duck pond, stopped at a local hardware store, shopped at a grocery store and even went for some self-care.
“We went for a massage and then to the tattoo parlor to get a couple of extra 6s on the bin. A bit of a tattoo, then stopped at the pub for a coldie,” Stanojevic told the Guardian on Friday.
“It was just crazy. When I got to the harbor, the [garbage] fellow was there, so I grabbed a selfie with him,” he told Australia’s ABC. “Some of the looks I was getting was like, ‘This dude is walking around with a bin and his camera, what the hell?’ “
Stanojevic captioned a photo he snapped at a McDonald’s drive-thru as “Junk Food” and playfully wrote “Refused Entry Cause I Haven’t Bin Vaccinated” on an image he captured outside an eatery.
At the Lamberts Lookout, he wrote, “Wheelie great views.”
He also stopped to make a call from a phone booth.
“It wasn’t really talking to anyone,” Stanojevic told the Guardian. “It was just talking trash.”
At one point, the odd couple were approached by two local council officials who worried that Stanojevic might have stolen the bin.
A lifeguard also accosted him.
“He was a bit concerned as well, as I was walking on the beach with the bin. He might have thought I was going to dump my rubbish in the ocean,” Stanojevic told ABC.
Stanjojevic’s trashy adventure became a hit online, though.
“I wasn’t expecting this — Facebook’s just gone off the charts,” he said. “At the end of the day, everyone has been going through such a s–t time at the moment.
“It’s heartbreaking to see all these businesses doing it tough, so I thought if I could put a smile on a couple of people’s faces, then so be it,” he added.
Stanojevic said he’s known Doherty for a couple of years.
“We catch up for a beer when we can and have a chat and a few laughs. He’s a beautiful person. You’d do anything for him. He said, ‘Take my bin out,’ ” he said.
“If he had said, ‘Put my bin out it,’ would have been just a normal day in Mackay,” he added.
Meanwhile, Doherty joked that he is now worried about how the bin feels about him.
“[Stanojevic] has definitely raised the expectations of my bin now,” the neighbor told ABC. “I’m going to have to start taking it out regularly, or it’ll find another owner.”
He added that he never expected that Stanojevic would be so true to his word.
“I got a message the next day with all the lovely places my bin had been,” he said. “I didn’t see that one coming, but good job. [Carl’s] done alright, he’s gone above and beyond.”