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Man divides opinion as he uses grit from council bin to clear his driveway – but who’s in the right?

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A MAN has sparked a fiery online debate after filming himself scooping grit from a council bin to clear his client’s driveways.
Savvy car valeter Talasis has divided social media users with his controversial hack to stop his punters from slipping on the ice.
Talasis' tip to banish icy driveways divided opinions online4Talasis’ tip to banish icy driveways divided opinions onlineCredit: TikTok/talasis_detailingThe car valeter shared a video of him scooping grit out of a council bin on TikTok4The car valeter shared a video of him scooping grit out of a council bin on TikTokCredit: TikTok/talasis_detailingThe businessman explained he had come up with a way to minimise the risk when visiting people’s homes in the freezing temperatures.
He filmed a TikTok showing himself shoveling grit out of a council bin on a public street in Exeter, Devon, where his business is based.
Talasis, who runs Talasi’s Detailing, urged other valeters to take heed of his advice to stop driveways “turning into an ice rink” as they clean.
He announced to his followers: “To all my other valeters.
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“If you’re struggling this year with customers’ drives turning into an ice rink when you’re cleaning their cars, go to your local grit salt bin and just fill up a bucket full of it.
“And then hopefully, no more ice rinks for drives and no more possible insurance claims.”
The valeter then strides away with a black bucket brimming with grit.
He cheekily captioned the clip: “Good tip this, not sure if it’s legal though.”

The rhetorical question inevitably invited a legion of social media users to air their opinions about his gritting tip.
One wrote: “Go buy your own! It’s not there for you to use as a business on private drives. That’s theft.”
Another fumed: “This annoys me. The grit bin is for that street not for everyone to use.”
A third added: “It’s theft, it belongs to the council. I doubt the police will nick you for it though.”
And a fourth moaned: “Buy your bloody own on your business account.”
But others praised Talasis’ suggestion and slammed commenters who branded the bloke a thief.
One said: “Better than leaving ice in the road. People saying it’s ‘theft’ need to get a life, he is looking out for his customer and the public.”
A second chimed in: “If you pay tax then you’ve paid for it already.”
A third wrote: “How are people so stupid? The council provides the salt so you can take it and get rid of ice, its not a fancy decoration.”
And another joked: “Great – if they have filled it up!”
Others warned Talasis the grit could damage the concrete on his client’s drives, to which he replied: “Better than a customer breaking their neck I suppose.”
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According to Devon County Council‘s website, grit bins are “intended for use on the public highway and not on private drives and paths”.
More than 3,500 grit bins are located across the coastal county.
He showed himself strolling away with a brimming bucket of grit4He showed himself strolling away with a brimming bucket of gritCredit: TikTok/talasis_detailingSome applauded Talasis' savviness while others branded him a thief4Some applauded Talasis’ savviness while others branded him a thiefCredit: TikTok/talasis_detailing
Story Credit: thesun.co.uk

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