Last month, 22-year-old John McCue took it upon himself to start filling potholes and repairing roads in his local town of Stellarton, in Canada.
McCue doesn’t even drive, but decided to help out his local community anyway.
“I just noticed it the other day. I don’t drive, but it seemed kind of annoying. I’m not doing anything right now, so I came out here to do this,” McCue told The Chronicle Harold.
“There was one story a couple of weeks ago where a car was driving through, and it nailed one of the biggest potholes here, and it ripped the axle right off the car,” he told CBC.
To fill the holes, McCue uses a shovel to take gravel from the side of the road and patches the spaces that need to be repaired.
“I find it might be a little bit easier with the cars, because whenever I throw the dirt down, they just go over it and pack it down for me,” said McCue.
“Synchronicity, man,” he added.
McCue put up a sign that said “I filled the potholes, pay me instead of your taxes.
McCue has received numerous donations to repay him for his service to the community. Some residents have even given him cannabis, coffee or snakes for a tip.
“Yep, I’m getting definitely a lot of tips — I had a couple of people give me some joints, too, which is pretty nice. I’m probably going to buy some weed with it, not going to lie,” McCue explained.
“I’ve busked for probably 4 or 5 years. Just like hula hooping, juggling, balance board, I do all that kind of stuff for crowds at bars to just get tip money, and I actually find this very similar. If you do something for the public, and the public appreciates what you do, they’ll pay you. You’ll get by,” he added.
Local authorities are not happy that a young man is doing a better job fixing the roads than the city government is.
Cpt. Ron Bryce of the Pictou RCMP said that McCue is blocking traffic and that they have already warned him to stop what he is doing.
“Any pedestrian refusing to yield to traffic is in violation of the motor vehicle act and could be subjected to a fine. We certainly want to emphasize public safety and ask everyone to remain patient,” Bryce said.
The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal also took issue with McCue’s independent project, saying that, “This is very dangerous without the proper safety measures in place. You can report potholes by calling 1-844-696-7737.”
However, McCue said that he won’t give up until he’s finished.
“I told them that I was making traffic faster. I hope they don’t come and get me until I’m done with this. I would say that this job is nearly done now. But I want to make sure it’s all flat,” McCue said,