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Furious WA driver throws a cigarette butt into the car of a litterbug who threw it out the window

Furious driver throws a cigarette butt back into the car of a litterbug who chucked it out their window

  • Footage of a man giving a thrown out cigarette back to motorist has gone viral
  • Captured on dash cam at an intersection in Churchlands in Perth’s north-west
  • The man was hailed a hero when the footage was posted on social media
  • Motorists can be fined if caught throwing a cigarette butt out of a vehicle

Dash cam footage of a litterbug throwing a  cigarette butt out the window before being confronted by a motorist who gave it back to her has gone viral.

The footage was taken at a busy intersection in Churchlands in Perth’s north-west on Thursday afternoon.

The woman waiting at the traffic lights is seen throwing a cigarette butt out of her driver side window.

Behind her was Magnus Hand, who is seen getting out of his car to pick up the discarded litter and giving it back to the surprised motorist. 

The cigarette was thrown out of the Kia hatchback while the woman was waiting at lights

‘So I was at the lights and this poor lady’s cigarette accidentally fell out of her hand onto the road,’ Mr Hand posted on Facebook.

‘Being the gentleman I am, I got out, picked up the cigarette and kindly returned it to her. Chivalry still exists!’  

He shared the vision with the Dam Cam Owners Australia Facebook page, where it was viewed 146,000 times and sparked more than 1100 comments within three hours.

Magnus Hand got out of his car to pick up the discarded litter and give it back to the motorist

Magnus Hand got out of his car to pick up the discarded litter and give it back to the motorist

Mr Hand was hailed as a hero on social media.

‘I’m voting you Australian of the year, you’re the hero we never knew we needed,’ one commented.

Another added: ‘What a champion! Give that man all the medals.’

The footage sparked more than 1200 Facebook comments within hours of being posted

The footage sparked more than 1200 Facebook comments within hours of being posted

Someone else asked if he could be Australia’s next prime minister.

Others thanked Mr Hand for his actions.

The incident was all captured on Mr Hand's dash cam at a busy intersection in Perth

The incident was all captured on Mr Hand’s dash cam at a busy intersection in Perth

‘Good on you! Apart from being a crummy ignorant thing to do, thrown stubs out of car windows are some of the major causes of fires!!!! If you do it in the suburbs, you’ll do it in the bush,’ one commented.

Another added: ‘From all us smokers who do the right thing and use a fooking ashtray, THANK YOU.’

Some also found the funny side.

‘You’re supposed to bow to the camera as you walk back to your car,’ one quipped.

Many commenters on the Dash Cam  Car Owners Australia Facebook page hailed him a hero

Many commenters on the Dash Cam  Car Owners Australia Facebook page hailed him a hero

 Cigarette butts are the most littered item in Australia and make up 30 per cent of Western Australia’s litter.

The fine for anyone caught throwing litter out of a car is $200 or $500 if the littering poses a public risk. 

‘Throwing or dropping litter, even unintentionally, is an offence under the Litter Act,’ the Keep Australia Beautiful WA website states.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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