A PEDAL bin in a family’s kitchen has lost its zest for life and now barely puts any effort into its daily work.
In its younger days, the bin functioned with a sense of genuine enthusiasm – smoothly swinging open at the gentle press of a foot. But over the past six months it has become a shadow of its former self, frequently failing to perform its most basic functions.
The bin’s joint owner, dad-of-two Joe Turner, said: “When we first brought it home it worked like an absolute charm. You could basically just look at the pedal and it would glide into a perfect open position. It properly pulled its weight when it came to getting rid of rubbish.
“Then at some point it just seemed to lose its motivation. These days, when you step on the pedal it either doesn’t open at all or opens with such violent force it puts a dent in the wall behind it. It’s like it just can’t be f**king bothered anymore.
“When I’m cooking I usually end up pulling the whole lid off and using it that way – but that defeats the whole point of having a pedal bin in the first place.”
Turner’s wife Sarah added: “It’s kind of like it was trying to impress us in the early days – then as soon as it got through the probationary period it started dialling it in.
“I fear we won’t be able to go back to how things were. We’d be better off just hanging a plastic bag on one of the cupboard handles.”