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Cops called as fridge teeters from trunk

Cops intervene when driver tries to transport full-size fridge in trunk of compact sedan. - courtesy RCMP
Cops intervene when driver tries to transport full-size fridge in trunk of compact sedan.
— image credit: courtesy RCMP

It might have looked funny, but Richmond Mounties said it was no joke when a local man tried to squeeze a full-sized fridge into the trunk of his family sedan.

It was a hazardous situation call, one that no doubt raised eyebrows, if not prompted dropped jaws and fits of laughter.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said that on Aug. 8, around noon, an RCMP constable was dispatched to Liquidation World on the 3000 block of Sexsmith Road.

The report was that someone had loaded a full-sized refrigerator into the trunk of his car.

"The fridge was one third in the trunk while the remainder teetered over the edge of the car's bumper. The fridge was secured to the vehicle using rope and the seatbelts from the back seat," RCMP Const. Justin Stewart said.

When Stewart approached the driver and asked him if what he was doing was a good idea, the driver replied that he thought it was okay.

Stewart then explained that the load was unsafe for transport and how dangerous his actions were.

The driver apologized, removed the fridge and arranged proper transportation.

Turley said someone could have been seriously injured if this vehicle had been on the road.

"Insecure loads are to blame for collisions and injuries far too often, and these instances can be prevented," she said.

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