One man’s trash can is another man’s rendezvous.
Carl Stanojevic, a 54-year-old photographer from Australia, went viral after neighbor Nick Doherty asked him a favor by texting him to ‘take out the trash’ while he was away, the Guardian reported.
“Yeah, sure, no problem – any particular place… Movitos, Bavarian, Rabbit Hole?” Stanojevic jokingly responded, listing local hotspots, according to Star 101.9.
The Mackay resident then literally took out his neighbour’s trash on Wednesday – on a five-hour tour of Queensland, visiting a variety of popular spots, including restaurants and bars, which he documented on Facebook.
“Nick Doherty.. you kindly asked me to ‘take out’ your bac…. soooo I did,” Stanojevic wrote.
“I gave it a bath and cleaned it with a bit of Glen 20 and left,” he told Star 1019.
The prankster grabbed his camera gear and set off on an adventure with the wheeled companion.
He took the stinky sidekick to visit a duck pond, stopped at a local hardware store, shopped at a grocery store, and even went to take care of him.
“We went for a massage and then to the tattoo parlor to get a few extra 6s in the trash. A bit of a tattoo then stopped at the pub for a cold,” Stanojevic told the Guardian on Friday.
“It was just crazy. When I arrived at the port, the [garbage] was there so I took a selfie with him,” he told the Australian ABC. “Some of the looks I was getting were like, ‘This guy is walking around with a trash can and his camera, what is that? “
Stanojevic captioned a photo he took while driving a McDonald’s as ‘junk food’ and playfully wrote ‘Entry denied because I haven’t been vaccinated’ on a picture he took captured outside a restaurant.
At Lamberts Lookout he wrote: “Wheelie great views.”
He also stopped to make a call from a phone booth.
“It didn’t really speak to anyone,” Stanojevic told the Guardian. “It was just talk of trash.”
At one point, the odd couple were approached by two local council officials who feared Stanojevic had stolen the bin.
A lifeguard also accosted him.
“He was a little worried too, because I was walking on the beach with the trash. He might have thought I was going to dump my trash in the ocean,” Stanojevic told ABC.
Stanjojevic’s trashy adventure, however, became an online hit.
“I didn’t expect it – Facebook just went off the charts,” he said. “At the end of the day, everyone has been through such a period right now.
“It’s heartbreaking to see all these companies making it tough, so I thought if I could put a smile on a few people’s faces, so be it,” he added.
Stanojevic said he had known Doherty for a few years.
“We catch up for a beer when we can and chat and have a few laughs. She’s a beautiful person. You would do anything for him. He said, ‘Take out my trash,'” he said.
“If he had said, ‘Take out my trash,’ it would have been a normal day at Mackay,” he added.
Meanwhile, Doherty joked that he now worries about how the trash can feels about him.
“[Stanojevic] definitely raised my trash expectations now,” the neighbor told ABC. “I’m going to have to start taking him out regularly, otherwise he’ll find another owner.”
He added that he did not expect Stanojevic to be so true to his word.
“I got a message the next day with all the beautiful places I had been,” he said. “Didn’t see that one coming, but good job. [Carl’s] done well, he went above and beyond.